April Fools' Day Pranks for Sysadmins

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Annalisa Williams|Updated May 20, 2020
April fools day pranks for system administrators
April fools day pranks for system administrators

As the all powerful sysadmin, you have access to fantastic tools to play pranks on your co-workers…namely their own PCs. Try out some of these pranks and watch the confusion on your co-worker’s faces.

April Fools' Day Pranks for Sysadmins

The Talking Computer

Does your co-worker have his speakers on? Good. Send this PowerShell cmdlet to send a surprise verbal message. If you’ve got a particularly gullible co-worker, maybe you’ll even convince them someone is trapped inside their computer.

Add-Type -AssemblyName System.speech $speak = New-Object System.Speech.Synthesis.SpeechSynthesizer $speak.Speak('Hello...')

Just substitute the Hello…with a phrase of your choice and you’re ready to deploy your .ps1 script.

Surprise Musical Number

If you’ve got a WAV file handy, it’s pretty simple to play some tunes on an unsuspecting co-worker’s machine. I hope they have their speakers turned up for this one!

(New-Object Media.SoundPlayer "C:\temp\Jack Johnson - Unfortunate Fool.wav").PlaySync()

Happy April Fools'! Looking for more April Fools' Day pranks for sys admins? Check out this thread at /r/sysadmin. Share your success stories in the comments. Have a prank you like to pull using your sysadmin powers? We’d love to hear about it! 

Did you know that PDQ Deploy has a PowerShell step you can use to deploy your scripts?


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Annalisa Williams

Annalisa was an employee at PDQ.

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