Category: PowerShell

As the all powerful sys admin, 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 Sys Admins The Talking Computer Does your co-worker have his speakers on? Good. Send this […]

We’re going to look at modifying the registry for all users whether or not a user is logged into a machine. This is a continuation of my last blog post – Modifying the Registry of Another User. As a quick refresher, we learned how to modify a user’s registry (HKEY_CURRENT USER or HKEY_USERS) without having […]

Have you ever wondered how to modify the registry of another user? The HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry hive is specific to each user, so in order to modify this for another user, we first need to identify where that information is stored. In the later versions of windows, it’s stored in the user directory in the file […]

With Christmas right around the corner, the holiday spirit can be seen nearly everywhere you look. It can be seen in everything from the many Christmas lights and decorations to the pumpkin-spiced everything. It can even be seen in the snow (here in Utah, at least). In fact, here’s my buddy Chester getting his daily […]

Who loves to look at log files and sift through the boring details? Nobody does. But, that’s okay. How many of us have ever had a difficult time tracking down an error? I would imagine that most people have. One common tool that that gets used is the Event Viewer in Windows. It’s a fabulous […]

As sysadmins (system administrators), we often find ourselves needing to take inventory of the workstations and servers that we manage. We have all likely faced similar questions at some point in our careers. Answers to these questions can be found with the Get-ChildItem command. Which workstations and servers are getting full on space? Which user […]

There are many reasons for taking a screenshot of your local desktop or a remote user’s desktop. Sometimes we have some task automated but would like to see the end result, but not only as a blob of text. This is especially true to those of us who have worked in a help desk role […]

Today, we’re going to cover how to set static/DHCP IP (pronounced duhiccup’ip…Wrongly.) addresses via Get-WMIObject and WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation), which will work for those of us still using Windows 7. This is part two of setting static/DHCP IP addresses. Last blog post, we used the newer cmdlets that are available in Windows 8 and […]

You come into the office on a Monday morning and your boss has an uncertain look on his face that reeks of trouble. You find out that you’re moving office suites and have to reconfigure your entire office network to play nicely with an existing network. A little part of you dies along with the […]