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How to use the Secret modules

Q: I have a bunch of scripts we use in production that make use of Windows credentials. In some cases, these scripts have an actual password in plain text, while others read the password from an XML file. Is there ... continue reading

How to Make Use Of PowerShell Profile Files

Q: I would like to personalize the way that PowerShell works. I have heard that I can use a thing called a profile to do this, but when I try to find information about profiles, I come up blank. There ... continue reading

How to Update or Add a Registry Key Value with PowerShell

Q: I am having a problem trying to update the registry. I am using the New-ItemProperty cmdlet, but it fails if the registry key does not exist. I added the –Force parameter, but it still does not create the registry ... continue reading
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How to Change the Start Page for the Edge Browser

Q: How can I change the Edge startup page? A: You can change the start page easily using PowerShell. Edge and It’s Start Page I am basing this article on the latest incarnation of the Edge browser, aka Edge Chromium ... continue reading

How to rename a NIC

Q: Is there a simple way to rename a NIC, especially inside a Hyper-V VM? A: You can change the name of any Windows NIC using PowerShell – whether the NIC is in a physical host or a Hyper-V VM ... continue reading
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How to send output to a file

Q: Is there an easy way to save my script output to a text file rather than displaying it on screen? A: Of course – there are multiple ways to do just that! PowerShell and Output One of PowerShell’s great ... continue reading

How Do I Discover Changes to an AD Group’s Membership

Q: Is there an easy way to detect and changes to important the membership of AD Groups? A: Easy using PowerShell 7, WMI, and the CIM Cmdlets. WMI Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is an important component of the Windows operating ... continue reading

Is a User A Local Administrator?

Q: Some of the things we do in our logon scripts require the user to be a local administrator. How can the script tell if the user is a local administrator or not, using PowerShell 7. A: Easy using PowerShell ... continue reading

Testing the connection to computers in the Active Directory

Q: As an administrator, I often have to do a lot of reporting on the servers in my domain. Is there a simple way to test the connection to every server in my domain or every server or client host ... continue reading

Getting Yesterday’s Date

Q: How can I get yesterday’s date? A: You can use a combination of the Get-Date cmdlet and .NET Time/Date methods. First, let’s look at dates in PowerShell and .NET Then we can look at how to calculate yesterday and ... continue reading