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The Pending Reboot Nightmare… PowerShell to the Rescue!

My company has been having issues dealing with servers in a pending reboot state for quite a while.  Part of it stems from using SCCM to deploy patches and having the patch deployment set to suppress the reboot and our Operations Team reboots the servers manually.  Well, some months require multiple reboots and we get stuck in the rabbit hole trying to get caught up by the next month’s round of patching! I found a PowerShell Module that I’ve found

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Handy PowerShell command to stop Task Manager Process!

Have you ever needed to stop multiple processes at once?  I use a product by Devolutions called Remote Desktop Manager.  If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably already know that.  When I launch the VMware vCenter Web Client via RDM, I do so via Chrome and it opens the Client Integrated Plugin.  The problem is, when I CLOSE the web client in RDM, it DOESN’T close the “vmware-csd” process.  Once 10 of these processes are opened, it

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Teach your co-workers to lock their PCs with the help of a harmless prank!

The goal of this is to teach your co-workers to be more security conscious and LOCK THEIR PC when they walk away from their desk.  Locking your PC stops unauthorized people from accessing your PC, viewing a document that has sensitive data, AND playing a prank such as THIS!  This is especially important when you have access to sensitive data, or better yet, administrative rights! My coworker, @bspagna, came across a LinkedIn Blog post and we started doing this almost

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Script to disable protocols older than TLS 1.2 and turn off RDP

My InfoSec team came to us asking we disable anything older than TLS 1.2 and turn off RDP on our servers in the DMZ.  We don’t allow RDP in the DMZ anyway, and they found that leaving RDP on when not using it poses a security risk. To do this, it involved multiple registry changes.  With several servers to do this on, I wrote a PowerShell script!  Only problem is, I don’t know which protocols are going to exist already

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Script to delete folder older than 30 days… by Name

I had a need, on one of my file servers, to delete some data that was older than 30 days, to clear space.  This would need to be a re-occurring task, so what better way to accomplish it than to script it! Here’s the rub…  The folders are each in a YYYYMMDD format (ex: 20170115), yet the content in the folders could be dated other than the folder name itself.  For instance, there could be a folder (say 20170626) that

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Windows 2012 R2: Static IP displays as DHCP IP

I ran across this issue this week with a bunch of new servers I built using a new Windows 2012 R2 Image I built and captured using Symantec Altiris.  There must have been some sort of corruption in the image that caused this issue.  The issue displays like this…  You set a static IP on your server (in this case, they were physical Dell Rack Mount servers).  After clicking OK, you go back into the NIC properties and into IPv4

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