Did you know.. Customising your PowerShell Window

powershell2xa4Some time ago i read a blog or forum entry that mentioned being able to customise your PowerShell Window with alternate background colours much like you could with the old Command Prompt. It was one of those thing i thought was cool but would look at later. So today i decided to get this done.  I did sit and think about whether or not to even write this up as a post, given i am not really coming up with anything new and just linking to what other people have done, but then i thought, well without people doing that the internet would be a much smaller place.

So, first i did a search for customising your PowerShell profile.

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This task must be performed on the Domain Controller – Fixed

tickFor anyone who has deployed Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2, or more likely the 2012 R2 Essentials Experience Role, you may well have hit the issue where you were unable to run any of the integration wizards with online services such as Office 365 or Windows Azure.

When trying to run one of those Wizards from the Essentials Dashboard, you would have been given the helpful response “This task must be performed on the domain controller"

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Quick Fix: Printer not Redirected in RDP Session

RDPThis is something i have come across a number of times over the years, with varying degrees of success and failure. Some vendors seem to provide driver download packages allowing you to install the right driver, some more awful ones insist the printer is physically connected before it will let the driver install. Today i was helping someone who had an HP DeskJet 990c. Now that is quite an old printer and i remember from XP days that the driver was on the HCL and it was a plug and play printer.

So once i had identified it was indeed a driver issue causing the redirection to fail i needed a way to get the driver installed.

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Quick Fix: Outlook 2013 Cannot Create File When Saving Attachment.

I had a call this morning regarding a user who could not save a PDF attachment, they also could not even open it.

When they tried to save, or open they received this error.

Cannot Create File. MyAttachment.PDF. Right-Click the folder you want to create the file in, and then click properties on the shortcut menu to check your permissions for the folder.

Error

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Office 365 Migration–Notes from a newbie. Or Killer Mistakes I made.

EOnlineI have just completed a migration from On Premises Exchange 2007, to Exchange Online. Despite what i thought was a pretty well prepared migration, i was gotchad at least four times, the last time actually needed Microsoft Escalation Support, when in actual fact  a slight change to documentation and me reading a littler clearer would have solved the four days troubleshooting we did.

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Password Change Reminder PowerShell Script Updated!

powershell2xa4Back in 2012 i wrote a script to help me remind users about their password expiry, to reduce the number of calls i got on the helpdesk. I decided to share it and published it on the TechNet Gallery,

It has been quite popular since then, with over 8,000 downloads!

Throughout that time i have received a number of questions about how to tweak the script to do various things or fix bugs and errors that people have found.

I have been tweaking it as i go, without much notification to anyone. I have just finished quite a big change, so i thought i would put up a post here, to let people know.

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How to make a WMI Filter?

WMI Query SignWMI Filters are nothing new, but, i believe are not used as widely as perhaps they could be, leading to complex OU structures in your domain just to get GPOs targeted to the right devices. A structured OU policy is fine of course, encouraged even, but there may be circumstances where targeting a GPO is not easy within a given structure, and you don’t want a GPO to apply to other devices that may share an OU. Anyway, none of that really matters here, what i wanted to write about was something that has bugged me since the first time i wanted to use WMI filters. How do i make one? Read more of this post

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