Archive for November, 2009

The Experts Conference 2010

TEC is one of the most advanced (400 level sessions are norm!) conferences you can find out there. This is probably the only event with so much technical information, amazing speakers (Microsoft product teams and real-world practitioners), and great audience (MVPs, chief IT architects, and so on.)

The topics range from Active Directory and Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) to Exchange and SharePoint technologies (follow the links to read the abstracts of the sessions which have been announced).

There will obviously be a fair bit of PowerShell on the way – e.g. Brandon Shell will be amazing everyone by totally scripting read-only domain controllers deployments.

TEC 2010 takes place April 25-28, 2010, at the brand new JW Marriott LA Live Hotel in the heart of Los Angeles. Learn more at, register today and ask for the early bird discount! 😉

New cmdlets to manage AD computer accounts

Up to version 1.3, we used to have one cmdlet for computer accounts (namely Get-QADComputer) – now we have 6:

You can kind of guess what they do by their names, but let’s quickly go through them one by one and give a few quick examples.

Retrieves AD computer account objects based on the criteria you specify. E.g. (anyone still running Vista? 😉 )

Get-QADComputer spb* -OSName 'Windows Vista*' | Format-Table Name, ManagedBy

Creates new computer account in AD (does not join the actual computer though) and sets the attributes you specify:

New-QADComputer -Name 'LAB-SRV3' -SamAccountName 'LAB-SRV3' -ParentContainer 'CN=Computers,DC=lab,DC=local' -Location 'AMS/HQ/Building A'

Modifies AD computer account properties (can work in bulk when you pipe Get-QADComputer output into this one).

Set-QADComputer 'quest.local/computers/Comp4' -ManagedBy 'QUEST\DSotnikov'


Get-QADComputer spb* | Set-QADComputer -Location 'St. Petersburg'

Enable or disable one or multiple computer accounts:

Enable-QADComputer 'CN=LAB-SRV1,CN=Computers,DC=dom,DC=local'


Get-QADComputer -SearchRoot 'dom.local/labComputers' | Disable-QADComputer

Reset a computer account in Active Directory. When resetting a computer account, you reset the secure channel between the computer that uses that account to join the domain and a domain controller in the domain.Resetting a computer account breaks that computer’s connection to the domain and requires it to rejoin the domain.

Reset-QADComputer 'CN=LAB-SRV1,CN=Computers,DC=dom,DC=local'

More information can be found in AD cmdlets online reference and PDF guideDownload the new AD cmdlets now and let us know what you think by posting to the AD PowerShell discussion forum!

AD Cmdlets 1.3 RTMed

Late last week we released to the web the latest version (1.3) of our free Active Directory cmdlets (also known as QAD-cmdlets, widely used by tens of thousands admins and compatible with more or less any version of Active Directory or ADAM/ADLDS).

You can read more about the cmdlets in this PDF guide, or online reference.

This is a significant update with some 14 new cmdlets, 24 new parameters, 43 enhanced ones, and a few bugs fixed (not that we had any really ;))

Detailed What’s New information can be found on page 19 of the PDF guide and in my upcoming blog posts. Download the new AD cmdlets now and let us know what you think by posting to the AD PowerShell discussion forum!

And the winner is PowerGUI

Remember that weird Windows IT Pro contest in which they put PowerGUI against gmail, iTunes, and a thousand other free and open source products?

Well, the funniest part is – thanks to your support – we won the silver award in that huge category!

Here’s what the magazine had to say (and with which I happily agree!):

“There are a lot of PowerShell scripting and GUI tools on the market these days, but PowerGUI remains one of the best, and it’s free!” —Jeff James, editor in chief, Windows IT Pro

And my congratulations to 14 other product teams from Quest winning in multiple other categories – great job by everyone and a reminder of the comprehensiveness of the product set we have here:

In Windows It Pro’s Community Choice Awards:

Quest’s database management solutions received SQL Server Magazine Editors’ Best Awards recognition in two categories:

Quest also was recognized by the editors at Windows IT Pro in the following categories:

Quest’s Windows management products also received nods from the readers of Redmond and SQL Server Magazine. In the Redmond Readers’ Choice Awards:

  • Quest Migration Manager received both the “ISV Winner” and “Preferred Product” in the Best Migration Product category.
  • Quest Defender was recognized as a “Preferred Product” in the Best Smart Card/Biometric/Two-Factor Authentication System category.

SQL Server Magazine and Windows IT Pro’s Community Choice Awards named:

SQL Server Magazine’s Community Choice Awards gave:

PowerShell Dinner at TechEd Europe

Aleksandar has just posted the pictures he took at the PowerShell community dinner in Berlin on November 11.

PowerShell Dinners are amazingly fun community events we have more or less at each major Microsoft conference and which gather members of the PowerShell team at Microsoft, MVPs, vendors in the PowerShell ecosystem, and just active members of the PowerShell community.

Unfortunately, this year not everyone could make it to TechEd. However, still, chances are that this photo album will show you a few faces behind the names you come across every day of your PowerShell life. 🙂

Systems Management with NetPoint and PowerGUI

Need a simple and affordable way to manage your Windows systems in batch? Shannon Ma from NetPoint has just posted a free PowerPack which integrates with NetPoint PowerShell interfaces and lets you easily inventory your network.

The PowerPack can work with both free and commercial version of NetPoint (guess, which one gives you more functionality ;)) and provides a great way to collect various information from computers on your network, as well as install/unistall software, do restarts, run commands, and so on – all in all about 30 various tasks:

Read more, leave your feedback and download the PowerPack here.

Is IIS 7 Console Based on PowerShell?

Now it is. However, this is not the native management console coming with IIS, but a free PowerPack which Adam Murray posted here.

Not only you can see (and modify) the PowerShell code behind everything the tool is doing, you will enjoy just using the console and all the great features it has, including for example:

  • Create, rename, copy and delete application pools
  • Configure all app pool properties
  • Create, rename, copy and delete web sites
  • Create, rename, copy and delete ftp sites
  • Set various site properties
  • View and manage worker processes
  • View and manage IIS services
  • Manage site bindings
  • Creates the various enum types from the IIS schema to allow the use of dropdowns for configuring properties

To learn about all its features, see screenshots and download the actual tool go to the IIS 7 powerpack page.

And don’t forget about other great PowerPacks Adam have created in the past for WebSphere MQ and SQL Reporting Services PowerPack.

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