Export computer list from Active Directory

Recently I needed to pull a large list of servers from Active Directory based on a common term in the computer name. This common term was not at the front of the name or at the end but in the middle of the computer name on each of these servers. Because of this I had to do a LDAP Query using the wildcard at the beginning and end of term. Another thing is that these servers were all over the place so they were not in a single OU...

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Simulate low disk space to trigger SCOM alert

Here is another tool that can be used to help you tune or demo SCOM. This tool is called Philip and is a disk space filler.

This tool can be used to fill up space on a hard drive so an alert can be triggered on SCOM. The speed at which this tool generates the space will save you time from having to copy data to a hard drive and delete it...

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Network device emulation in the cloud

There has been discussion lately around running SCOM 2012 and other SC products in the cloud for DEMO and POC purposes. One problem with running SCOM in a cloud solution is not having access to network device/s. There is a solution to this. You can run a network device emulator. This is available as software and will simulate a full network device that SCOM can then discover and monitor...

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Orchestrator Runbook Examples

Are you learning System Center Orchestrator 2012? If yes, you can download some example runbooks to help you practice on Orchestrator. These can be downloaded from codeplex here: http://orchestrator.codeplex.com/releases/view/86195

There are 43 total runbooks most are for each of the products in the System Center 2012 stack but there are a few for general administrative tasks.

You need to do is import them and make sure your global co...

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Exchange Server Deployment Assistant

Here is another great tool from Microsoft. This is the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant. It is for Exchange 2010 deployments. It can assist you in creating a step by step plan for your Exchange deployment. It can help with On-premise, Cloud, or Exchange Hybrid deployments. This tool will also help you with upgrade scenarios.

Basically the tool will ask you a series of questions about your environment and how you want to setup Exch...

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SharePoint PowerShell cmdlet Builder

Microsoft has released a web based tool that can be used to build PowerShell cmdlets for SharePoint. This is a great tool for those that are new to SharePoint PowerShell or PowerShell in general. It allows you to drag and drop a PowerShell verb and noun into a design surface and then input your specific SharePoint information such as farm, site collection database etc to complete the cmdlet...

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What wireless access point am I connected to?

I was setting up multiple wireless access points with the same security and the same SSID. I had no way in windows to tell which AP I was connecting to. I needed to know because as I moved through the office I needed to ensure the computer was jumping onto the AP with the strongest signal in that area.  One of my IT staff found a great tool that would tell me this information. This tool is called inSSIDer 2...

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VOIP & Speed Test Tool

Here is a very nice VOIP & Speed Test tool http://mys300.livemeeting.com/myspeed/test/mssvoip .

The nice thing about this tool is it can give you very detailed reports about your connection.

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Blue Screen of Death when booting Hyper-V VHD in VirtualBox

 I had some virtual machines running on Hyper-V. I wanted to run some of these on VirtualBox for mobility reasons.

VirtualBox supports running Virtual Machines from VmWare or Hyper-V. VirtualBox can boot VHD’s (Virtual Hard Disks) directly. You do not need to convert the virtual hard drive format.

I copied the VHD’s too %systemdrive%:\Users\USERNAME\.VirtualBox\HardDisks on my laptop...

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Scan a file using multiple anti-virus engines

I came across a site called www.virustotal.com. This site lets you upload a suspicious file to be scanned by multiple virus engines. This is a great tool. I have learned that not any one anti-malware or anti-virus program can catch all viruses. This is the best way to check out a suspicious file without loading multiple anti-virus programs on a computer. Yes this site is completely free and that is why I wanted to share it. This is from the site itself:

VirusTotal is a service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs enabling the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content detected by antivirus engines and web analysis toolbars.

  • Free, independent service.
  • Runs multiple antivirus engines.
  • Real time automatic updates of virus signatures.
  • Detailed results from each antivirus engine.
  • Runs multiple web site inspection toolbars.
  • Real time global statistics.

    Here is a list of the virus engines that Virus Total uses when it scans:

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