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Powershell WPF Themes guide step by step

I have wrote many powershell GUI scripts but never thought using any themes on WPF GUI forms, As it is not required for internal organization use and it can be used without any different skin, but as I started sharing my GUI scripts on, adding GUI to it makes more professional and attract…

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Build a simple email server for home lab using hMailServer and Thunderbird

Since long time I was looking for very small and  lightweight email server for my lab, here I have hMailServer is to my rescue, it is very lightweight, opensource and free. It is just 4 MB of setup file, easy to setup and configure. Setup is available on, there is not m…

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Windows Admin Center (formerly Project Honolulu)

Windows Admin Center is an evolution of Windows Server in-box management tools; it’s a single pane of glass that consolidates all aspects of local and remote server management. Windows Admin Center proposals "elastic, locally-deployed, browser-based management platform and tools". The impression beh…

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Powershell WPF GUI: ToolBox control Textbox watermark placeholder demo

microsoft powershell, wpf, windows presentation frameworks winforms, textbox control toolbox, visual studio, watermark textbox powershell

In this demo I will be showing how to put PlaceHolder text on textbox control on Powershell WPF (Windows presentation framework) GUI. here I have 3 textboxes. When I launches GUI, all the textboxes shows some default darkgray color watermark text information. When I click on them text will autom…

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Part 3: Create shorter Microsoft Powershell WPF automated clean script

Currently I am working on rewriting all my VBscript and Powershell GUI script using WPF (Windows presentation platform). When building a graphical xaml forms on Visual studio as shown earlier on Part 1: Create WPF XAML powershell GUI form with Visual studio, I had to remove many elements manually b…

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ESXi HP Blade start issue Enclosure power event detected, System Halted until power condition is corrected

Sometimes I receive below error on the HP Prolient Bladesystem ILO after server reboot, it refuses to complete post, shows message, 
Enclouse Power Even Detected
System Halted until Power Condition is Corrected

In most of the case to resolve it I reseat the blade in chassis enclosure (Remove …

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Microsoft Powershell: Export remote registry information to excel

How to force a PowerShell DSC client to refresh configuration from pull server

While testing DSC (Desired State Configuration) Pull method on client, I had to forcefully refresh configuration from pull many times, as I could not wait for 30 Mins of frequency time to apply the changes. Below cmdlet helps to refresh configuration immediately. This command need to run as an Admin…

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Part 3: Configure PowerShell DSC Local configuration manager LCM in pull mode and update configuration

This is last part of configuring individual clients local configuration manager (LCM) in DSC pull mode so they can get and retrieve configuration copy every certain refresh frequency mode. You can treat LCM as an agent and it is by default there in on every system. where at least Poweshell version 4…

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Get the List of installed softwares on remote computers with PowerShell

I used to use generally win32_product wmi class to fetch installed software list from remote computer systems. But the problem with it is, It only retrieves the installed applications via MSI, However, this WMI class might not list all the installed softwares that show in Add or Remove Programs, ap…

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Microsoft Powershell: remotely write, edit, modify new registry key and data value

Emulate HDD as SSD flash disk on Esxi and VMware workstation

I was required (emulated) virtual fake SSD in VMware workstation for few demos and testing purpose. I am already using SSD on my system, If vmdks are kept on the Solid state drives, VMs detects vmdk disks as SSD/Flash disk, but if you don't have SSD, it can be easily emulated with a trick configurat…

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Copy Files with PowerShell Remoting WINRM Protocol

Microsoft Powershell psremoting is just not limited to remoting into computers, it can also use to copy files over winrm protocol to remote system the same way, you use files are copied on traditional SMB protocol. This requires some psremoting configuration using POWERSHELL PS REMOTING BETWEEN CO…

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Generate random password GUI using powershell

I had one of the requirement to write Strong Random Password Generator :Microsoft Powershell earlier but it was completely command line based, and the applications users who were using it, due to non-technical background were not able to execute it correctly, So the team who requested the script wa…

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Powershell Active Directory: Show treeview of nested Group members downstream hierarchy

This script is second part of my earlier article Powershell Active Directory: Show treeview of User or Group memberof hierarchy, earlier was showing upstream tree view of nested MemberOf groups. After writing the first script I got another requirement to show treeview in reverse order, Group member…

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Strong Random Password Generator :Microsoft Powershell

This is my first article in the starting of year 2018, I have taken and re-written it from my earlier post. This script is written completely from scratch. This generates very strong random password. It randomize a chooses each password character using .net class object System.Security.Cryptograph…

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Microsoft Powershell: Windows 2016 Install and configure NFS server

Set Powershell execution policy with Group Policy

In this article I will be covering configuring Windows PowerShell execution policy using Group Policy, to configure environments properly ahead of time for better management, doing this takes less time to get your work done in timely fashion. For example, I gave few ps1 PowerShell script to some of …

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Microsoft PowerShell: Check Windows license activation status

This is my version of fetching Microsoft windows license status, for stream lining environment and make compliant as per audit standards, This is old wine in new bottle. I have improvised it to get more information and made it dynamic to get information remotely using CIM(winrm) as well as or WMI(dc…

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Today while surfing on the internet I came across very cool website for Microsoft Powershell, it is free powershell GUI designer tool online. Powershell lovers who like to create graphical interface will definitely like this website, if they want to create a GUI structure and put there code for auto…

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