Two ways of returning the owner User Name of a running process using PowerShell.
Automate the emptying of the Windows Recycle Bin with this simple PowerShell script and Group Policy.
Redirected Folders = Recycle Bin Storage on File Server
In a lot of business environments, we redirect user folders like Documents, Desktops, Favorites, and more to a home directory on a network share, often mapped to its own drive letter. The folders are then synced to the user’s workstation to be available offline. This gives the user the ability to work on the files when disconnected, but still allows IT to have the files stored on the file servers and backed up.
The fourth post in my PowerShell Beginner series, “Daily Tasks, The PowerShell Way“. Use PowerShell’s Resolve-DnsName cmdlet as a more powerful successor to ‘nslookup’.
What’s in a name?
Any seasoned IT Pro knows that the names we see for servers or in web URLs ultimately need to “resolve” or translate to a numerical IP address. Computers perform this resolution using a worldwide network of Domain Name System (DNS) servers. When your browser attempts to go to https://thinkpowershell.com, your computer will send a query to a DNS server with the hostname “thinkpowershell.com”, and the DNS server will return the IP address of the server hosting the website. Your DNS server will likely have to forward a query to other DNS servers to get the correct IP address.
nslookup (name server lookup) is a command line tool that has been around for years for performing this lookup activity on demand. You can specify the hostname or website domain name for which you want to “lookup” the IP address. Additionally, with the second positional parameter you can specify the IP address of a specific DNS server you want to query. It is a helpful tool, but it only returns CNAME , A, and AAAA record information, and not as a script-usable object.
The third post in my PowerShell Beginner series, “Daily Tasks, The PowerShell Way“. Use PowerShell to replace ipconfig‘s /registerdns, /displaydns, and /flushdns functions, and use for both local and remote computers.
ipconfig: a longtime member of the IT Pro toolbox
Much like ping, ipconfig was a frequently used command line tool for IT Pros. Whether it was getting assigned IP information, releasing and renewing DHCP leases, or investigating DNS client issues, ipconfig was quick go to troubleshooting tool. However, recent versions of Windows and PowerShell have added easy to use cmdlets to replace some of these functions. This post will take a look at the cmdlets related to the DNS client.
The second post in my PowerShell Beginner series, “Daily Tasks, The PowerShell Way“. Learn how to get network connection information and configure a static IP or DHCP using PowerShell.
Are you connected?
In my previous post we covered how to use Test-NetConnection for network connectivity troubleshooting. If you connected to a DHCP enabled network, you will likely have successful tests without any action on your part. However, if your network environment requires static configuration of IP addresses and DNS servers for servers and/or workstations, you need to configure the correct network settings for a newly provisioned computer.