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Download Windows Update PowerShell Module

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This is a module that has been created by a technet contributor that you can use to manage windows update on a computer running windows. This PSWindowsUpdate module is particularly useful on servers that run the core edition of windows for example Server 2008 R2 Module can be installed manually by downloading the Zip file and extracting the files in two places: %USERPROFILE%\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules %WINDIR%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules   Importing the module PS > Import-Module PSWindowsUpdate Prerequisites Windows PowerShell 2.0 PSWindowsUpdate The module will need administrator permissions in order to use all the functions.  The module can use Windows update offline scan file. (wsusscan.cab file was excluded from the module so now need to download it individually). The latest Windows Update offline scan file (wsusscn2.cab) is available from Microsoft Baseline…

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Top 8 Active Directory Powershell Scripts

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Working with Active Directory there are a number of powershell commands and scripts that you can use to manage Active Directory. I have put together a list of the top scripts that you can use to complete the most common tasks that i have come across supporting AD. 1.) Create Active Directory Users Based On Excel Input This script will allow you to create users using data from an excel /CSV file. You can enter all the different attributes within the excel file of the data you want created on the users account during the creation (e.g department, manager, telephone number, etc).  It uses the New-ADUser powershell Cmdlet Please download from Technet gallery  2.) Active Directory Password Expiry Email Notification This is a great script that will email…

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How to Add Agentless SCOM Agent To Monitor Windows Servers

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If you need to monitor a Microsoft windows server without deploying a SCOM agent, you have the option to use an agentless managed agent from within the systems center operations manager console 2012R2 It works by using a proxy agent to monitor your server. The proxy agent is on another server, which will monitor the agentless server. Follow this guide to monitor windows without a SCOM agent on the server. Open up the SCOM 2012R2 console and click on Administration. Right click on Agentless Managed and select Discovery Wizard, which will bring up this window Select Windows computers and press Next On the next screen you will need to choose your discovery method. You can scan the entire domain for all your windows based computers…

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Top 8 Free Active Directory Tools

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I’ve put together a list of great tools you can use to manage Active Directory and to also monitor the health of AD. 1.) Active Directory Replication Status Tool Microsoft have a free tool that you can use to monitor the health state of your replication between domain controllers in a domain or forest Features of the tool are: Will show you any errors found with your replication in a domain or forest Prioritize the errors that you need to resolve first in order not to create any lingering objects in your Active Directory forest Within the tool are direct links to Microsoft to troubleshoot what specific errors relate to, which will help during the troubleshooting stage Export the results so you can analyse the…

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Active Directory Health Check Tools

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Having a healthy Active Directory infrastructure is very important part of any IT department. The amount of times i have been on a client site and seen all too many times neglected domain controllers, bad replication, badly configured DNS which all cause problems for end users. If you are a Microsoft premier customer, you can use their Active Directory RAP service. The Microsoft AD RAP service is a report on the health of your Active Directory environment. Microsoft will perform an assessment of your Active directory infrastructure and provide you with a detailed report of any issues/mis-configurations on your domain that you will need to address for your AD environment to be healthy. If your not a premier customer, all of their assessment you can…

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How To Use Systems Center 2012R2 Data Protection Manager (DPM)

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DPM Overview The DPM server creates and maintains a replica, or copy, of the data that is on protected servers. The replicas are stored in the storage pool which consists of a set of disks on the DPM server.       The replica is synchronized, or updated, at regular intervals according to the settings that you configure. If a replica is identified as being inconsistent, DPM performs a consistency check, which is a block-by-block verification of the replica against the data source. DPM works by creating a replica of the selected data sources (e.g Virtual Machine) and synchronizes the replica with any changes since the last synchronisation and creates recovery points on a recurring schedule.  The way we have setup our DPM servers is…

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