Get Inactive Users Report for the past 60 days in a multi domain environment

I had a request recently to provide an inactive user report for the past 60 days. Basically, find out which accounts have not logged in for the past 60 days so action can be taken against them. The request was for a multi domain forest which queries every domain controller and gets the latest lastlogon … Read more

Get .Net Framework Version for the .DLL & .EXE files

Working with many app/dev teams it is hard to find which version of Dot Net  an application was designed or made in. Now if your application server has multiple drives and depending on which drive the application resides it may be hard to find this information. Let’s assume there are two drives C: and D:. … Read more

Guide to migrate FRS to DFSR

For most users this article only applies if you have Window 2003/ 2003 R2 Domain Controller in your enviornment that you are planning to get rid off. Pretty soon I hope! 😉 SYSVOL is a folder shared by domain controller to hold its logon scripts, group policies and other items related to AD. All the … Read more

How to restart management agents on ESX or ESXi host

If you are not unable to connect ESXi server to vCenter, or when you cannot connect to ESXi server from VI client it may be necessary to restart the management agents on ESX or ESXi host. To restart the management agents on ESXi 6.x This applies to ESX4/5.x/6.x For the restart of the management agents (mgmt-vmware … Read more

Creating Security Groups for File Shares in Bulk using PowerShell

Security Groups are great for managing large groups for permissions.  A client requested that they needed to have Read-Only, Read-Write, and Ready-Modify (allow for deleting) for all their file shares for better management. Getting the Share Names In order for me to create the groups I needed the share names. PowerShell to the rescue! Type … Read more

Remove duplicates, blank lines, spaces, to get unique values and sort data in one operation

From time to time I come across this need; where I need to scrub a file where there are duplicates, there are blank lines, the sort order is all wack, and it just needs to be formatted to where it can be more readable and/or usable. This method just doesn’t apply to text, but also … Read more

Delete Files and Folders Older Than X Days

Often times admin have to creates tasks like removing log files or some other files on a regular schedule. Here is an automated way of removing files / folders older than X days. Create a Batch file or Powershell script and add it to scheduled task. Batch File:

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Active Directory: Changing passwords for users in bulk using a .csv file

Many accounts in your AD might need a password change. What if you want to do this in bulk ? First, we need to the userlist. Depending on your requirements we need to get a list of users (specifically samaccountname). For random password generation I recommend using http://manytools.org/network/password-generator/ as it can generate up 1000 for … Read more

Maintain Your Mac – Check the File System for Errors

Use File System Check Your Mac seems stable and healthy, and you figure you’ve got it made. Because of this, you’re probably thinking you don’t need to check the file system for errors. Don’t do that though, because there may be problems lurking in the background that you can’t see. Just as it’s a good … Read more