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 (after patching this month's vulnerabilities, of course).
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. Looking for some Sys Admin jokes to share? Check out our hilarious list. 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!
Annalisa was an employee at PDQ.