Updating Multi-Valued Active Directory Properties Part 2

A few weeks ago I posted about updating multi-valued attributes in Active Directory. Part 1 covered how to accomplish this in PowerShell using ADSI. In Part 2 I’ll show you how to accomplish this using the free Active Directory cmdlets from Quest Software. As you’ll see, the over all process isn’t that much different. Except that using cmdlets simplifies a lot of the typing. Continue reading

Updating Multi-Valued Active Directory Properties Part 1

Yesterday on Twitter, I got a tweet from @Docsmooth regarding how to update a multivalued property in Active Directory. There are a number of ways to handle this, especially from PowerShell naturally, so I tweeted one way in a series of tweets. But that’s a hard way to learn something, and anyone jumping in the middle of the tweet stream might have been a bit confused. So I thought I’d write up a more formal explanation. Because there are a few ways to handle this situation, I’ll cover each approach in a separate article. Today we’ll look at using ADSI in PowerShell. Continue reading

Get Password Will Expire

During my Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell session at Techmentor Orlando, an attendee asked about finding when a user’s password would expire. He wanted to be able to come in on Monday morning and run a report to find whose passwords were going to expire during the week. I didn’t have the time to go into a solution then, but promised something on my blog, and here it is.

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Techmentor Orlando 2011 Decks and Demos

As promised, I have put together the most current versions of my slide decks and demos. A word of caution on the demos: many of them were designed to be used with my Start-Demo function, which essentially steps through the demo file one line at a time. The AD demos do include a few scripts but don't assume that anything is ready to run. Use the demos more for review or as a jump start for your own scripts.

Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell Slide deck demo files
Getting Started with PowerCLI Slide deck demo files
PowerShell Scripting Best Practices Slide deck demo files

In my PowerCLI session I also showed a VMware health check script written by Alan Renouf. You can download that script from his site.

I hope you found the sessions informative and useful. Of course a conference presentation just gets you started. If you or your organization would like more fomallized traiining, just ask.

Create New Computer with ADSI

In Windows PowerShell 2.0: TFM, I wrote a short chapter on managing directory services. This chapter was written before Microsoft released their Active Directory module so I discussed how to use the ADSI type adapter. Well it turns out we can’t slip anything past our astute readers. Continue reading