PoshCAT 0.2 version released

I just published PoshCAT 0.2 version and the changes are as follows: · New Client Actions o Desired Configuration Manager Cycle o Application Machine Policy Cycle o Application Global Evaluation Cycle o Install ConfigMgr Client o Get App-V Client Packages o Get App-V Client Configuration o Get App-V Client Version o Enable App-V Client Package Scripts o Get ConfigMgr Client Available Applications o Get Applied Group Policies o Refresh Group Policies o Get Free Disk Space · Alternate Credentials Support – you can specify only one account · Active Directory Connector · Better error handling · Separate folder for reports [...]

Building PoshCAT Part 3 – Enabling PowerShell Remoting through Group Policy for PoshCAT

You may want to read these posts before: · How to install PoshCAT · Building PoshCAT Part 1 – Create different Client Actions lists · Building PoshCAT Part 2 – Adding your own custom functions One of the most important thing you need to know before you start using PoshCAT is that it relies on PowerShell remoting. If you don’t configure PowerShell remoting on your computers, then the Client Actions will fail. In this post I will show how you can enable PowerShell remoting through Group Policy but you can also configure it manually. To enable PowerShell remoting manually you [...]

Building PoshCAT Part 2 – Adding your own custom functions

Last week I showed how you can create different Client Actions lists for different support groups in your organization and in this post I will show how you can add/create your own custom functions for PoshCAT So let’s assume that you would like to query applied Computer Group Policy objects. If you want that your custom function returns some kind of information, then it must return PSObject. Here is the function that I use in this example. This function queries only applied/enabled policies [crayon-5ba5382c20b8b174390418/] This function creates the following output To add this function to PoshCAT 1. Open WorkerFunctions.ps1 file [...]

Building PoshCAT Part 1 – Create different Client Actions lists

Last week I published our new tool PoshCAT and in the upcoming weeks I will cover different things. In this blog post I will show how to create different Client Action lists for different support groups. PoshCAT uses XML based configuration file for different Client Actions that you can execute through UI. One of the main ideas was that the tool should be customizable: · Ability to add and remove commands from UI · Ability to add your own custom actions/functions By default there are over 30 commands that are ready for use. Commands.xml configuration · TASK – Client Action [...]

How to install PoshCAT

1. Download and Unzip PoshCAT_v0.2.zip 2. Right-Click Start-PoshCAT.ps1, WorkerFunctions.ps1, SharedFunctions.ps1 and Commands.xml and select properties. 3. Unblock the files if needed and click OK. 4. Right-click Start-PoshCAT.ps1 and choose Run with PowerShell 5. If you don’t have administrative permissions, this message will be shown.   Enjoy!

SCCM Client Actions Tool PowerShell Edition aka PoshCAT

Updated 28.08.2013 Description SCCM Client Actions Tool PowerShell Edition aka PoshCAT is a practical and simple PowerShell application for performing most common day-to-day administrative tasks on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Clients. The tool allows running actions remotely on one or more computers simultaneously. A list of computers can be provided either from a file (CSV, TXT) or loaded from Configuration Manager Collection importer or through Add Computer prompt. You can find the old version from here SCCMCAT - https://sccmcat.codeplex.com/ by Christjan Schumann. Please read the documentation first and blog posts! Please read this post how to install PoshCAT - [...]

Coretech WMI and PowerShell Browser

I´m happy to announce our first version of WMI and PowerShell Explorer tool. The main reason why I did this tool is to simplify my own work and hopefully, it will help others also who are working with Configuration Manager. Description · Coretech WMI and PowerShell Explorer is a freeware tool with two main feature sets. · A powerful WMI tool that allows you to connect to and work with WMI locally and remotely. With the tool you can browse WMI namespaces, classes, methods, properties and class instances. Besides being a WMI browser the Coretech WMI and PowerShell Explorer allows [...]

REPORT: List different Configuration Manager Packages Distribution Point Refresh dates

If you are looking a PowerShell script that can list Distribution Point Refresh Schedule dates for different content types like packages, software updates, images, boot images, driver packages, then stop looking :). I just posted a new PowerShell script on CM12SDK.net that can create these reports for you. This script can create CSV and HTML reports. You can download the script from here

By | 2013-06-13T13:30:50+00:00 June 13th, 2013|Powershell, Scripting & Development|0 Comments

PowerShell Splatting – Nice way to simplify your scripts

Currently I´m building PowerShell WMI Explorer and because of this tool supports alternate credentials, then I thought how can I simplify my Get-WmiObject queries and the solution is Splatting :) PowerShell splatting allows you to create Function or CMDLET parameters dynamically. Below example shows how you can build dynamically Get-WmiObject parameters. You can use this script to query WMI information from the local machine or from the remote computer and if necessary you can also add alternate credentials. [crayon-5ba5382c29273580473401/]

By | 2013-06-08T10:58:54+00:00 June 8th, 2013|Powershell, Scripting & Development|0 Comments

PowerShell: Disable Automatic Loading of Modules in PowerShell 3.0

  One of the new features in PowerShell 3.0 is the Auto Loading of Modules. This feature is great for discovering commands, but can be really annoing when trying to test if your script works as it is supposed to. Luckily we can change the settings using an automatic variable. $PSModuleAutoloadingPreference Here is the info from the help: $PSModuleAutoloadingPreference------------------------------      Enables and disables automatic importing of modules in the session.       "All" is the default. Regardless of the value of this variable, you      can use the Import-Module cmdlet to import a module.      Valid values are:        All    Modules are imported automatically on [...]

Take control of your ConfigMgr Collections part 1

If you are managing a large ConfigMgr environment, then it is important to know when your collections updating their memberships and if your collections are updating exactly the same time, then it may hit your SQL very badly. This script reads all the collections and you can specify which output you want – CSV or HTML. You can download the script from here

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Cumulative Update 1 PowerShell Parameter Sets Excel Sheet

I just updated the SP1 RTM version of Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 RTM PowerShell Parameter Sets Excel sheet and with SP1 CU1 we have 511 CMDLETS and 1675 parametersets :)   You can download the Excel Sheet from here Happy Scripting Kaido    

LEAP Motion Controller Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2010/2013 (C#)

I have been so lucky to be accepted for the LEAP Motion Developer program. www.leapmotion.com LEAP Motion is a new Kinect-like controller, which will be cheap and much more precise than anything seen before. My first project is a controller project for Office. Supported so far: Visio - Swipe Pages (for live dashboards etc.) PowerPoint - For Previous/Next Slide in presentation Excel - Change Sheet. Scroll + Scroll Pages Word - Change Page More info on the codeplex site, which is btw also my first published codeplex project. Feel free to comment or join the project! http://leapoffice.codeplex.com/

By | 2013-02-05T20:19:26+00:00 February 5th, 2013|Scripting & Development|1 Comment

Small useful scripts–Changing Driver Package source (PS1)

I have this customer who had to move all driver packages from from one server a another. This of cause meant all the Data Source references had to be change as well. Once al the packages were moved to the new server I ran the following  two scripts to change the source. All you need to change is the $Site to your site code, or add it is a parameter when you run the script. You will obviously also have to type in the old and new path. Syntax: Script.ps1 –Site XXX If you want to only run against one [...]

WMI/ConfigMgr Scripting: CreateEmbeddedObjectInstance (.NET) or SpawnInstance (VBScript) in PowerShell

  During the development of the script I posted yesterday, I noticed that a lot of people had problem discovering how to create WMI objects in PowerShell. I found different suggestions, but they all had problems. When I have to create WMI object instances I use this this method, which I used in my old script about sharing folders here is an example: [crayon-5ba5382c30826806377345/] using configuration manager development we have to create a lot of wmi objects. Take a look at this SDK Sample in the VBScript example we have this line: [crayon-5ba5382c30879146773841/]   and in the C# example it [...]