27 February 2021

Usefull command's and little PowerShell scripts

Quickly get the Computer Name, Model, Make, and other useful information

Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_ComputerSystem             
information about the System            
Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_BIOS             
Information about the BIOS            
Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_Baseboard             
Information about the Motherboard            
Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_Processor             
Information about the CPU            
Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_LogicalDisk             
Information about Logical Drives (Includes mapped drives and I believe PSDrives)            
Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_DiskDrive             
Information about Physical Drives            
Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_PhysicalMemory             
Information about the Memory            
Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_NetworkAdapter             
Information about the NIC            
Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration             
Information about the NICs Configuration

Check your PowerShell Version


Restart all Network Adapters *Must be run as admin or at least local admin*

Requires PowerShell 3.0+

Get-NetAdapter | Restart-NetAdapter

Browse UNC path with PowerShell

To access UNC via PowerShell;

cd \\servername\C$\Path\To\File

Copy a file to all users Desktop’s

$Users = Get-ChildItem C:\Users\ -Exclude “Administrator”,”Public”,”Default*” # Exclude any other defaults that you don’t want.            
foreach($User in $Users.name){             
$Path = “C:\Users\$User\Desktop”;             
Copy-Item -Path “\\Path\To\Source\File.txt” -Destination $Path\File.txt             

Get free disk space on drives

This can either be run locally or part of a larger script to hit multiple machines.

$Drive=Get-WmiObject Win32_LogicalDisk -Filter “DriveType = 3”             
$ComputerName=Get-WmiObject Win32_ComputerSystem;$ComputerName=$ComputerName.Name             
$UsedSpace=$DriveSize  $FreeSpace;$UsedSpace=[string]$UsedSpace+” GB free on drive $DriveName on computer $ComputerName”            

26 February 2021

Enable Wake On Lan with PowerShell and send Wake On Lan packet with PowerShell

Credit for the script goes to Jan-Henrik Damaschke at https://www.itinsights.org

function Set-WakeEnabled


Set WoL on nic

Author: Jan-Henrik Damaschke (@jandamaschke)
License: BSD 3-Clause
Required Dependencies: None
Optional Dependencies: None


Set Wake on Lan (WOL) settings for specific network interface card

.PARAMETER InterfaceName

Specifies the name of the interface where WoL setting should be changed

.PARAMETER WakeEnabled

Specifies if WoL should be enabled or disabled


PS C:\> Set-WakeEnabled -InterfaceName Ethernet -WakeEnabled $true


[CmdletBinding()] Param(            
        [Parameter(Mandatory = $True, ParameterSetName="InterfaceName")]            
        [Parameter(Mandatory = $True)]            
        [Parameter(Mandatory = $True, ParameterSetName="ConnectionID")]            
    If (-NOT ([Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal] [Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()).IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole] "Administrator")) {            
        Write-Warning "You do not have Administrator rights to run this script!`nPlease re-run this script as an Administrator!"            
    $nicsWakeEnabled = Get-CimInstance -ClassName MSPower_DeviceWakeEnable -Namespace root/wmi            
    $nics = Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_NetworkAdapter | Where-Object NetEnabled -eq $true            
    if ($InterfaceName){            
        $nic = $nics | Where-Object Name -eq $InterfaceName            
    else {            
        $nic = $nics | Where-Object NetConnectionID -eq $NetConnectionID            
    $nicWakeEnabled = $nicsWakeEnabled | Where-Object InstanceName -like "*$($nic.PNPDeviceID)*"            
    $enabled = $nicWakeEnabled.Enable            
    if (!($enabled -and $WakeEnabled)){            
        Set-CimInstance $nicWakeEnabled -Property @{Enable=$enabled}            

Find the mac address of the nic you want to wake up.
Get-WmiObject win32_networkadapterconfiguration | select description, macaddress
Get-CimInstance win32_networkadapterconfiguration | select description, macaddress

To send a wake on lan package:
Install-Module -Name wakeonlan -Force
Import-module -Name wakeonlan
Invoke-WakeOnLan -MacAddress 84:D2:4A:0F:78:44

16 February 2021

Open Windows Explorer collapsed


When opening Windows Explorer it opens with all folders collapsed. The behaviour can come from different settings, such as:

Showing all folders
Allowing network discovery
Last opened folder saved when closing the explorer

And probably a few I don't k now about.

Some dude (EpilepticUnderscore) over at social.technet.com created a batch file to overcome this annoyance.
See the original thread here: Collapse all folder-trees when closing Explorer (microsoft.com)

The batch job way:

29 January 2021

Single Sign On broken - Azure Active Directory Seamless Single Sign-On

 I don't know if this is something that only happens in my environment, but it happens.

When ever I start AADConnect and make a change in the configuration, add an OU for example, and save the change SSO breaks.

Quick way to see what's up is here:

If there are zero Seamless single sign-on domain's than you know what's up.
The SSO trust is broken.

There is a blogpost on docs.microsoft.com about it:
Azure Active Directory Connect: Troubleshoot Seamless Single Sign-On | Microsoft Docs

The steps listed there are in this script below.

Run this from the AADConnect machine:

# https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/hybrid/tshoot-connect-sso            
# Import the Seamless SSO PowerShell module            
cd \            
cd 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect'            
Import-Module .\AzureADSSO.psd1            
# Get the list of Active Directory forests on which Seamless SSO has been enabled            
#Disable Seamless SSO for each Active Directory forest where you've set up the feature            
$creds = Get-Credential domain\username            
Disable-AzureADSSOForest -OnPremCredentials $creds            
# Enable Seamless SSO for each Active Directory forest            
# Enable the feature on your tenant            
Enable-AzureADSSO -Enable $true

11 January 2021


When I tried to change a mailbox from type "User mailbox" to type "Shared mailbox" I got this error:

[PS] C:\>Set-Mailbox mailboxalias -Type shared -force

Error on proxy command 'Set-Mailbox -Type:'Shared' -Identity:'mailboxalias' -Confirm:$False -Force:$True' to server servername.domain.lan: Server version 15.00.1497.0000, Proxy method RPS:

Active Directory operation failed on servername.domain.lan. This error is not retriable. Additional information: Insufficient access rights to perform the operation.

Active directory response: 00002098: SecErr: DSID-03150F93, problem 4003 (INSUFF_ACCESS_RIGHTS), data 0

+ CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [Set-Mailbox], CmdletProxyException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.Exchange.Configuration.CmdletProxyException,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.RecipientTasks.SetMailbox
+ PSComputerName        : servername.domain.lan

Turns out this has to do with user rights inheritance, find the user, select the "Security" tab and click the "Advanced" button.

There you should see the "Enable inheritance" button. Click it and wait for Active Directory synchronization.

Now when you run the same commandlet again, you should see no output, and thus the command worked. To double check you could run:

Get-Mailbox mailboxalias | Select RecipientTypeDetails

07 January 2021

550 5.7.520 Access denied & 550 5.4.142 RESOLVER.FWD.LoopingTarget

Since a couple of months Office365 and Exchange Online are blocking the auto forwarding of email to external domains.

And this is the error that can be found in the message trace results:

Error: 550 5.7.520 Access denied, Your organization does not allow external forwarding. Please contact your administrator for further assistance. AS(7555)

While this is a good idea in general, sometimes you want to enable it.

Here's how:

Go to https://protection.office.com/antispam

And create a new outbound policy.

Give it a name, description, decide whether you to be notified or not and if you want to apply recipient limits with an action if the limits are exceeded.

The the following is important.
At the automatic forwarding choose "On - Forwarding is enabled".
Choosing "Automatic - System-controlled" will not let the email be sent. This is the setting for the default policy "Outbound spam filter policy ‎(always ON)‎".

Then add a condition at "Applied to".

The easiest condition is to create a mail enabled security group that holds all the user accounts that you want to grant this right.

If you add 2 conditions, such as a security group and a separate user then you will receive this error in the message trace results:

Reason: [{LED=550 5.4.142 RESOLVER.FWD.LoopingTarget; forwarding to a looping external address};{MSG=};{FQDN=};{IP=};{LRT=}]

05 January 2021

When was the last time you reset the password of the AzureADSSOACC account?

 When was the last time you reset the password of the AzureADSSOACC account?

$user = [adsi]"LDAP://CN=AzureADSSOACC,CN=Computers,DC=yourdomain,DC=lan"            
[PSCustomObject] @{            
name = $user.name.Value            
pwdLastSet = [datetime]::FromFileTime($user.ConvertLargeIntegerToInt64($user.pwdLastSet.            

30 December 2020

How to cleanup expired certificates from a Microsoft CA with PowerShell and Shrink the DB

This a shameless copy of the original post by André Gibel over at https://www.gibel.net/

The reason why I copied it is because there is very little info on this subject and even though the post is from 2014, it still applies today.

Regularly (depending on the number of issued certificates) you have to perform a clean-up of expired certificates from your CA (Certification Authority) DB and then shrink the DB to get rid of the “white space”.

You have to perform the following 3 steps in order:
1. Make a backup of your CA DB (protected with a password) to another Server / medium

- this backup also "removes" the maybe hundres of db log files (each of the has a size of 1 MB) – in my case 828

2.      Clean-up all expired certificates from all 4 categories  with my PowerShell Script

- in a first step it's the best to run the script in a "view only" modus to see which certificates would be deleted
- the script and all the details are explained 

3.      Shrink your CA database to get rid of the “whitespace”

- for this you use the esentutl tool with the “/d” (= defragmentation) option

Before executing the esentutl command stop the AD Certificate service and disable it

- run the following command with the path to the .edb DB file

- at the end the DB - file is more than 100 MB smaller than before, depending on the size your database is.

- at this point you have to enable and start the CA Service again

Here I explain the PowerShell script in detail (the script is used in step 2)

The Microsoft Enterprise CA I’m responsible for is running on a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Server

- with PowerShell 2.0 installed
- no 3rd party PS modules are used
- the certutil.exe is used by the PowerShell (PS) script
- the PS script I created is "Cleanup_MSPKI_Cert_v1.1.ps1" and contains 3 functions

On this CA Server in the C:\ root drive I create a folder “_scripts “ (I don’t use PS remoting) and copy my PowerShell script “Cleanup_MSPKI_Cert_v1.1.ps1” into this folder

Per default the functions "Remove-ExpiredCertFromDB" writes the temporary files to a subfolder within C:\_scripts\PKICleanupLog.

You can change this default folder path with the parameter  “CleanedFolderLogPath”

The 3 functions I have implemented are:

A.) Get-PublishedCATemplate
B.) Get-IssuedCert
C.) Remove-ExpiredCertFromDB

A.) Get-PublishedCATemplate

When you run this function without a parameter, it displays all Templates from the "Certificate Templates" folder with it's OID. This OID is used by the other to functions to display or delete certificates issued with this certain template. In the following picture you see the corresponding templates from the PKI Snap In

function Get-PublishedCATemplate{             


    Param (




    $FilterLen = ("msPKI-Cert-Template-OID =").length+3   

    $AllPublishedTemplates = Invoke-Expression "certutil.exe –catemplates –v | select-string msPKI-Cert-Template-OID"     

    $AllPublishedTemplates | foreach{       

        $tmp= ($_.line).Substring($FilterLen)       

        $splitarr = $tmp.split(" ",2)     

        $obj = New-Object PSObject                                     

        Add-Member -Input $obj -Name "name" -MemberType Noteproperty -Value $Splitarr[1].trim()

        Add-Member -Input $obj -Name "oid" -MemberType Noteproperty -Value $Splitarr[0].trim()              

        if ($PSBoundParameters["filter"]){  

            if ($Splitarr[1].trim() -match $filter){

                write-output $obj             




            write-output $obj             




Below I run the script with the -filter parameter and so I only get templates with “SCCM” in their name

I assign the oid of ONE template (=> change filter that you get only one result)  to the variable WSTemplate

$WSTemplate = (Get-PublishedCATemplate -filter workstation).oid

B.) Get-IssuedCert

With this function  you can list the certificates  issued from all templates or a certain template (specified with it’s oid = $CertTemplate variable)  which are issued beginning at a certain date.

 function Get-IssuedCert{


  Param (






  if ($PSBoundParameters["CertTemplate"]){   

    Invoke-Expression "certutil.exe -view -restrict 'certificate template=$CertTemplate,disposition=20,notbefore>=$Date' -out 'Request.RequestID,Request.RequesterName,NotBefore,NotAfter,Request.Disposition'"       


  else {

    # displays Certificates issued with any custom template   

    Invoke-Expression "certutil.exe -view -restrict 'disposition=20,notbefore>=$Date' -out 'Request.RequestID,Request.RequesterName,NotBefore,NotAfter,Request.Disposition'"             




The following example lists all  29 certificates (from ALL templates) issued from 18 December 2014 and later …. (with this version it’s not possible to select a time range / only a “start-date”)

Get-IssuedCert  -Date 18.12.2014

The following example lists ONLY the 3 certificates which are issued with the Template $WSTemplate (OID of  “…- Workstation – Authentication Certificate”) beginning December 18. 2014

$WSTemplate = (Get-PublishedCATemplate -filter workstation).oid
Get-IssuedCert -CertTemplate $WSTemplate -Date 18.12.2014

C.) Remove-ExpiredCertFromDB

This is an advanced function and all available parameters are displayed with the get-help command

- the expired certificates to view (1st step) and then delete are in one of 4 folders

- I select this “folder” with the -state parameter

- the script creates a log file (also needed for further parsing) in a separate folder

These folders are created automatically if they don’t exist yet.
In a first step always run the cmdlet without the "-delete" parameter so nothing is really deleted.
I also recommend the ISE instead of the shell.
And I also always run this cmdlet with the “-verbose” parameter.

The following example displays all issued (and expired) certificates till 18.12.2014  --- they are not really deleted yet.

Remove-ExpiredCertFromDB -State issued -Date 18.12.2014  -Verbose 

Without the -delete switch parameter the log file has "-ViewOnly" in it’s name

Below is the output from the example above / 396 entries “would be” deleted from the “issued folder” (or category) if you run the cmdlet with “-delete”

The following example lists / deletes  certificates from a certain (workstation authentication) template expired up to 18 december 2014

$WSTemplate = (Get-PublishedCATemplate -filter workstation).oid
Remove-ExpiredCertFromDB -State issued -CertTemplate $WSTemplate -Date 18.12.2014 -Verbose

With the added-delete switch parameter you really delete the entries
his step can take some time if there are a lot of entries.

$WSTemplate = (Get-PublishedCATemplate -filter workstation).oid
Remove-ExpiredCertFromDB -State issued -CertTemplate $WSTemplate -Date 18.12.2014 -Verbose -delete

The output at the end (and the log file)

When  you run the same cmdlet again, you see that there aren’t any entries to delete from the DB

The latest (full) version of this script with the 3 functions you can download from the Microsoft Script Gallery: go to download

Direct Download link

Since TechNet is retired and will be taken offline any time soon a backup can be downloaded here:


Part 1
Part 2

23 December 2020

Convert security group to mail enabled security group with Powershell

Find your AD group name:

Get-ADGroup -Identity "groupname"

Enable the group for Email:

Enable-DistributionGroup -Identity "groupname" -PrimarySMTPAddress groupname@domain.com

21 December 2020

Download Files Through Authenticating Proxy with PowerShell

Download Files Through Authenticating Proxy with PowerShell

1st Method:
$source = "https://www.7-zip.org/a/7z1900-x64.exe";            
$dest = "C:\Temp\7z1900-x64.exe";            
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12            
$WebClient = New-Object System.Net.WebClient;            
$WebProxy = New-Object System.Net.WebProxy("http://proxy:8080",$true);            
$Credentials = (New-Object Net.NetworkCredential("USERNAME","PASSWORD","domain.com")).GetCredential("http://proxy","80", "KERBEROS");            
#$Credentials = [System.Net.CredentialCache]::DefaultNetworkCredentials            
$WebProxy.Credentials = $Credentials;            
$WebClient.Proxy = $WebProxy;            
Alternative Methods:
New-Item -ItemType Directory -Force -Path C:\Temp # Create Temp folder if it doesn't already exist            
# Set winhttp proxy for PowerShell
netsh winhttp set proxy $proxy $exclusionList
# Prepare PowerShell to Use Default Credentials
[system.net.webrequest]::defaultwebproxy = New-Object system.net.webproxy($proxy)            
[system.net.webrequest]::defaultwebproxy.credentials = [System.Net.CredentialCache]::DefaultNetworkCredentials            
[system.net.webrequest]::defaultwebproxy.BypassProxyOnLocal = $true            
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12
# Download using the most efficient method
$url = "https://www.7-zip.org/a/7z1900-x64.exe"             
$temp = "C:\Temp\7z1900-x64.exe"            
Import-Module BitsTransfer            
Start-BitsTransfer -Source $url -Destination $temp
$source = "https://www.7-zip.org/a/7z1900-x64.msi";            
$dest = "C:\Temp\7z1900-x64.msi";            
$browser = New-Object System.Net.WebClient            
$browser.Proxy.Credentials =[System.Net.CredentialCache]::DefaultNetworkCredentials;            
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12            
$source = "https://www.7-zip.org/a/7z1900-x64.msi";            
$dest = "C:\Temp\7z1900-x64.msi";            
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12            
(new-object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile($source,$dest)
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12            
[Net.WebRequest]::DefaultWebProxy.Credentials = [Net.CredentialCache]::DefaultCredentials; `
iex ((New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString('https://www.7-zip.org/a/7z1900-x64.msi'))
$page = (new-object net.webclient)            
$page.UseDefaultCredentials = $True