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Code snippet : Sending email from PowerShell script

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If you want to send email from PowerShell script via Google Mail:

$SMTPServer = "smtp.gmail.com"
$SMTPPort = "587"
$SMTPUsername = "sender@gmail.com"
$SMTPPassword = "password"

$EmailSenderAddress = New-Object System.Net.Mail.MailAddress("sender@gmail.com", "PowerShell Automated Email")

$EmailFrom = $EmailSenderAddress
$EmailTo = "recipient@gmail.com"
$EmailCc = "recipient@hotmail.com"
$EmailAttachment = "C:\Scripts\Attachment.txt"
$EmailSubject = "Automated Email with Report."
$EmailBody = @"
Please find attached report.
"@

$EmailMessage = New-Object System.Net.Mail.MailMessage
$EmailMessage.Subject = $EmailSubject
$EmailMessage.Body = $EmailBody
$EmailMessage.To.Add($EmailTo)
$EmailMessage.CC.Add($EmailCc)
$EmailMessage.From = $SMTPUsername
$EmailMessage.Attachments.Add($EmailAttachment)

$SMTPSession = New-Object System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient($SMTPServer, $SMTPPort);
$SMTPSession.EnableSSL = $true
$SMTPSession.Credentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential($SMTPUsername, $SMTPPassword);
$SMTPSession.Send($EmailMessage)
Write-Host "Mail Sent"
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Code snippets : Encrypted password in PowerShell

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Many times there is a need to store password in PowerShell script. Unfortunately to leave password in script is insecure solution and might cause an issue.

So, what to do if there is a need to have password in a script and we don’t want to have it embedded in clear-text in script?

Best way is to encrypt it and store in the file and then re-use it when required.

Create file with encrypted password

$secureString = Read-Host -AsSecureString "Enter a secret password"
$secureString | ConvertFrom-SecureString | Out-File C:\Scripts\storedPassword.txt

Use encrypted password in script

$secureString = Get-Content -Path C:\Scripts\storedPassword.txt | ConvertTo-SecureString
Remember that password has to be encrypted on the account which will be running the script. So, in case you plat to use Task Scheduler to run PowerShell script, start PowerShell windows as particular user and then create file with encrypted password.
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How-To : Automate application mapping using SCCM 2012 Powershell

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During mass reainstallation/redeployment/migration of large number of PCs, always question about applications is raised.

How to deploy/deliver applications once all machines are resintalled?

If you have SCCM in the infrastructure, this might help a lot with automation. All you need is mapping between computer name and applications (to be more specific collection ids) and PowerShell console on SCCM server.

Then you just need to prepare input files for the script below and you can automate application deployment on mass scale.

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Cheat Sheet : Deprecated/Removed features in Windows Server 2012 R2

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Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2

Feature

Removed Deprecated Removed

Deprecated

AD FS v1 Web Agent x
AD FS in-place upgrade from AD FS 1.0 or “out of box” AD FS 2.0 x
AD FS support for “Resource Group” x
AD FS support for NT Token mode x
AD FS support for using AD LDS as an authentication store x
AD RMS license revocation x
AD RMS SDK x
Application Server role x
Built-in drivers for tape drives x
Cluster Automation Server COM API x (made optional) x (optional)
Cluster.exe command-line interface x (made optional) x (optional)
CertObj COM and InetInfo interfaces of the Web Server role x
Dcpromo.exe x
Dfscmd.exe x
Drivers for Jet Red RDBMS and ODBC x x
File Replication Service x
GAA_FLAG_INCLUDE_TUNNEL_BINDINGORDER flat in GetAdaptersAddresses x
Internet Information Service (IIS) 6.0 Manager x
Layered Service Providers x x
IscsiVirtualDiskSnapshot and associated WMI methods x
LPR/LPD protocol x x
Namespace for version 1.0 of WMI; WMIC (in WMI) x x
NDIS version 5.0, 5.1, and 5.2 APIs x x
Net DMA x
Network Access Protection (NAP) x
Network Information Service (NIS) and Tools (in RSAT) x
Nfsshare.exe x
NFSv2 support x
Oclist.exe x
ODBC support for 16- and 32-bit applications and drivers x x
ODBC/OLEDB support for Microsoft Oracle x
ODBC/OLEDB support for SQL beyond SQL Server 7 and SQL 2000 x x
Providers for SNMP, Win32_ServerFeature API, Active Directory, MSClus WMI1.0 (in WMI) x x
Recovery disk creation x
Remote Data Service x
Role Collector (Ceiprole.exe) and associated API x
SCSIport host-bus adapter x
Servermanagercmd.exe x x
SIS Limited API x
Slmgr.vbs options x
SMB 1.0 x
SMB.sys x
SMTP and associated management tools x x
SQLXMLX x x
Storage Explorer snap-in for MMC x
Storage Manager for SANs snap-in for MMC x
Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications x x
Support for 32-bit cluster resource DLLs x
Support for hardware drivers for XDDM x
Support for Microsoft SQL Server prior to 7.0 x
Support for native VGA via the PC/AT BIOS or UEFI CSM x
Support for Static VMQ x
Support for Token Rings x
Support for Visual Studio Analyzer 2003 over ODBC, OLEDB, and ADO x
System Image Backup (“Windows 7 File Recovery”) x
Telnet server x
VM Chimney (also called TCP Offload) (in Hyper-V) x
Windows Server 2003 domain and functional levels of Active Directory x
Windows Authorization Manager (AzMan) x x
Windows Help executable (WinHlp32.exe) x
Windows Identity Foundation 3.5 x
Windows Server Resource Manager x x
Winsock Direct x x
WMI root\virtualization namespace v1 (in Hyper-V) x x
XDR schema elements, XSl pattern feature of MSXML3 (in XML) x x
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How-To : Enable BitLocker PIN on computer in workgroup

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If you have machine which is not connected to domain, but has TPM chip you might want to encrypt disks with BitLocker and enable PIN protection at boot-up.

In order to do that you have to make sure TPM is activated and enabled for provisioning in BIOS. Next step will be to allow PIN use, as by default that option is not active especially on machines not connected to Active Directory domain.

So, to enable ability to set PIN follow the steps:

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Config snippets : Activating Windows Server 2012 Core

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As there is no GUI in Windows Server 2012 Core, we have to use command line and script in order to acivate system.

slmgr.vbs is a VBscript which allows to set product key and activate operating system. Below most common use of slmgr.vbs.

Set product key

slmgr.vbs /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

Activate Windows

slmgr.vbs /ato

Display information about licenses

slmgr.vbs /dli
slmgr.vbs /dlv