Playing with String in PowerShell

As being a Windows Administrator I use PowerShell every day and the best part of it is, I learn something new every day. In simple word PowerShell can make your life easier, and I think you all agreed with it. I often requested to pull various reports from various sources and it was not always possible to get the exact report by executing one or more cmdlet. Sometimes had to manipulate certain strings from cmdlet output or reading some specific log files for generating reports. Here I will share my experience on how we can easily working with strings in PowerShell.

TASK – 1: Validate the target computer is located in Non-Prod OU or Not.

First I kept the Computer Object LDAP path to $InputComputerName variable using

Now I have to split the variable with “,”, so that I will be getting it into the following order.

Now you can each line by using [0], [1], [2], and exactly here I need the value of second line, so I used [1]

Now again I am splitting this with “=”

No I am selecting second line with [1] to get the current OU location and mission accomplished J

Continue reading

How to boot Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview with GUI (Server with Desktop Experience) from VHD

The reason behind writing this article is to use my Laptop (having Intel i3 4th Gen and 8 GB of RAM) as my LAB for testing new Windows Server 2016 TP4 and to do that I have to use boot from VHD option. There are multiple ways to boot your system from VHD but I don’t find a simple and effective one. Second reason is I wanted to boot the Windows Server 2016 TP4 with GUI (aka Desktop Experience), coz I like the new Windows GUI.

So, let’s get started.

First, you have to download the Windows Server 2016 TP ISO from here. Once downloaded, extract the ISO content to a folder (I have extracted to C:\MyData\WinSvr2016). Now you have to create a VHD and mount it with any available drive letter (I selected V). Use the following set of command one by one from PowerShell or Command prompt with administrative privilege.

Continue reading

Setup your own Monitoring – Disk Space Utilization Monitoring tool for free

It is always recommended to keep tracking of the disk space utilization for you servers. This will help us to get the idea of our future requirement. There are multiple tools available for track this but you have to pay for most of them. Recently I also had similar kind of requirement and I was asked to provide the free solution for this.

There are some free tools available but all of them having some short of limitation, and also for security reason, it is not recommended to install any free tools on the server. So, I had to look for some alternatives, and I thought why we don’t use the PowerShell to get the disk space utilization details daily and kept it in MS Access database using Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010, which is available for free.


How to Setup:

First you have to download and install MS Access Database Engine. Once the installation complete, you have to create a blank database with a table name DiskUtilization which will have following field.


If you do not have MS Access installed, then you could also download and use the following blank database for Disk Utilization.

  DiskUtilization (560.0 KiB, 430 hits)

Continue reading