Powerscripting Podcast

I will be the guest for an interview on the Powerscripting Podcast, a Powershell podcast designed to help people learn Windows PowerShell. I will be on to discuss the Compellent Command Set for Windows PowerShell, our free offering for customers who want the ability to manage their Compellent Storage Center via script, or automate administration processes, a lot of which I will talk about in the interview. This is a live show and the hosts

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Finding Active IP Addresses and Resolved Hostnames with PowerShell

Ever wanted to know what IP addresses are being used on a particular subnet and what each IP address resolves to which hostname, if any?  This script accomplishes just that. # Continue to run script when an error occurs $ErrorActionPreference = “SilentlyContinue”   # Process through the loop of IP addresses 1-254 1..254 | foreach -Process ` { # We’re combining the contents of different objects, so create our own $obj = New-Object PSObject; #

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Discovering Stale Computer Accounts with PowerShell

We all know that most test domains are the perfect breeding ground for non-standard practices.  This includes the lack of managing user accounts, computer accounts, DNS records and the like. ADSI scripting has always been challenging, but I did do some of it back in my IT days when writing code in VBScript.  I wanted to try to tie in to a test domain to determine what computer accounts hadn’t had their password changed in

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Storage Center Command Set Makes Automation a Snap!

This week we announced the availability of the Storage Center Command Set for Windows PowerShell as a free download for Compellent customers. PowerShell is the powerful, new scripting interface from Microsoft with support for Windows Server 2008 (including Hyper-V), Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.  We’ve integrated PowerShell automation with our Command Set scripting shell. From Command Set, IT pros can  automate administration tasks on the Windows platforms for their Compellent Storage Center.

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Using Powershell To Generate Test Mailboxes

There are situations where you may want to generate a number of test mailboxes whether it be for a demo or another scenario.  With Exchange 2007, you can leverage Powershell cmdlets to complete this process for you in just seconds. First, I start out with the a CSV file that contains a limited number of columns, basically the minimum needed to create an Active Directory user account and mailbox-enable it.  Since I have a passion

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