Using PowerShell to work with SSL Certificates

At my office we have a certificate renewal process that happens every other year.  This year, we have a plan to document the location of all of the certificates that are installed on the servers to help the next time the renewal happens.  So I have worked out a quick and simply one liner that will get all of the certificates installed on the server in the LOCALMACHINE\My certificate store.… Continue reading

Installing PowerShell on Linux Ubuntu

Now that Microsoft has made PowerShell open source it can be installed on Mac OS X and Linux.  In this article I’ll discuss the steps on installing it on Linux Ubuntu.

Step 1 – Download the package

As  seen in the image above, I have the newest distro of Ubuntu.  The first step into getting PowerShell installed is downloading the package from Github as it hasn’t been added to any of the repositories yet.… Continue reading

Find Registry Keys on Remote Servers

I was tasked with writing a script to find a single registry key on all of the server for a domain that my team manages. So after getting the key that we need to know the value of, I put a script together. The script will first check to see if the server is online, and if it is then the scripts looks at the registry to find the key and records the value.  … Continue reading

Revisiting the PowerShell Profile

I’ve posted about the PowerShell profile before but I didn’t really go in depth on it, so I wanted to revisit the subject to make sure that I address some of the points that I may have missed.

To find your PowerShell profile location, you can use PowerShell to list it.

This will bring back the directory %UserProfile%\Documents\WindowsPowerShell.  … Continue reading

Using PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)

I’m just starting to scratch the surface with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC). This seems to be the proper way to accurately configure multiple servers with the identical configuration. Using DSC (Desired State Configuration) to configure servers is as simple as generating a base template that you want to use to setup the servers, and then run it against a list or single server.… Continue reading

How to setup a PowerShell profile and load the PowerCLI Snapin.

My PowerShell profile has been the most used script that I have wrote, and its not really a script.  The PowerShell profile runs every time that PowerShell ISE is opened. With this profile you can customize it to your needs.  It can load frequently used snap ins, functions or even custom properties.  When I help others with scripts, I forget that not everybody has a PowerShell profile setup and customized like myself.… Continue reading

How to verify windows features match with PowerShell.

In the last couple of weeks I had to configure several servers that needed to be the same as in a lower environment.  So instead of just guessing what i installed several months ago, I wrote a script to do it for me.

In order for this script to work, it needs to be ran from the local server that needs to have the new windows features to be installed.… Continue reading