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How to: Crop filenames with Powershell

Sometimes you would create some scripts to work with files and for example SQL creates backup files and it adds _backup_timestamp so it’s not easy to work with them in a script.

The below script will crop how much characters you want from the back. Simply change the $location (location of files) $extnsion (file extension) and $characterstoremove (number of characters to remove). This will crop the files to the length you need using Powershell.

$location = "C:\test"
$extension = ".bak"
$characterstoremove = -37
$filelist = (get-childitem $location | Where-Object {$_.mode -match "a"} | foreach-object {$_.name})
foreach ($file in $filelist)
$len = $file.length
$len = $len+" "+$characterstoremove
$newname = $file.substring(0,$len)
$newname = $newname + $extension
$newfilename = $location+"\"+$file
Rename-Item $newfilename $newname
clear-variable newname, len


Fix: PowerShell does not wait before starting the next command

When creating a Powershell script and executing something in the middle of the script it does not wait until that process finishes and continues executing the script.

This can be a pain since you might have something executing after the script which depends on the executable you run.

So, when you are executing the file and you want Powershell to wait before continuing you must add the following for it to wait until it finishes.

&Myfile.exe | Out-Null

By adding the Out-Null after your script, it will wait until the MyFile.exe finishes before continuing executing.

This method can be used for the Start-Process as below

Start-Process MyFile.exe -NoNewWindow -Wait

Or you can use this to the Wait For Exit parameter

$proc = Start-Process -NoWindow


How to: Check if port is open with Powershell

For sys admins it is important to know if ports of certain applications are open for monitoring. One simple solution is to have a monitoring software, but if you want a cheap and cheerful solution, you can use Powershell. This can be done by the below script.

The below script will check the server/port and if the port is open, it will just print on screen saying “PORT IS OPEN – OK” and if the port is not open or the service is down, it will send and email.

Feel free to change or add to this script. You can easily put this in a loop to check all the services in your enterprise.

$MailServer = "mail.mydomain.com"
$MailTo = "sysadmin@mydomain.com"
$MailFrom = "IT <noreply@mydomain.com>"
$MailBody = "Please note that the server is not reachable in this test that runs every 10 minutes. Please check the status of the server."
$Server = "SQLSRV01"
$Server_port = "1433"

$socket = New-Object Net.Sockets.TcpClient
$ErrorActionPreference = 'SilentlyContinue'

#Server and port
$ErrorActionPreference = 'Continue'

if ($socket.Connected) {
Write-Host "POST IS OPEN - OK"
send-mailmessage -To $MailTo -from $MailFrom -Subject $MailSubject -body $MailBody -smtpserver $MailServer -BodyAsHtml -Encoding ([System.Text.Encoding]::UTF8)

$socket = $null


How to: Powershell list all computers in Active Directory

Sometimes you would need to have a list of all the computers joined to the domain in your infrastructure. Instead of going through all the Organizational Units (OUs) in your AD infrastructure and listing all the computers, you can easily use the below Powershell Script.

Import-Module ActiveDirectory
$ComputerName = get-ADComputer -Filter * | Select -Expand Name
Foreach ($CN in $ComputerName)
{  write-host $CN}

This will type a list of all the computers joined in your AD infrastructure.  Save it to a file with extension PS1 and run it. If you would like to save the output to file simply run the file by adding > filename.txt and replace the write-host with write-output


How to: Uninstall an application with Powershell using GPO

Sometimes you would need to automate an uninstall of an application through Group Policies (GPO). This can be done by running a PowerShell script. Firstly create a PowerShell script as below:

$appplication = Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Where-Object
{$_.Name -match "My Application Name"}

Save the file and create a new GPO and set the script to load by setting up the Computer Configuration/ Policies/ Windows Settings/ Scripts/ Startup.


How to: Set PowerShell execution policy to unrestricted using GPO

Most often when you have to execute some PowerShell scripts through the GPO and you end up with an error on execution saying that the Execution Policy does not allow you to run un-signed script.

So you would need to create a new GPO to set the Execution Policy. Create a new  GPO and edit it.

Goto Computer Configuration/ Policies/ Administrative Templates/ Windows Components/ Windows PowerShell

Double-click on Turn on Script Execution
Click on Enabled
Select Allow All Scripts

Move the GPO onto the respective OU, wait until the refresh or simple run gpupdate /force on the computers.


How to: Remove duplicate items from Exchange Mailboxes using Powershell

During an Exchange migration you sometimes have the issues where users complain that there are duplicate entries of their calendar items. This is normal to happen and can be done directly from the server using Powershell . You will need to download the script here and then install Managed API 1.2 or later which can be downloaded here.

Remove-DuplicateItems.ps1 [-Mailbox] <String> [[-Type] <String>] [-Server <String>] [-Impersonation] [-DeleteMode <String>] [-Mode <String>][-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParameters>]

The syntax is below:

-Mailbox is the name of the mailbox to process;
-Type determines what folders are checked for duplicates. Valid options are Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes or All (Default);
-Server is the name of the Client Access Server to access for Exchange Web Services. When omitted, the script will attempt to use Autodiscover;
-When the Impersonation switch is specified, impersonation will be used for mailbox access, otherwise the current user context will be used;
-DeleteMode specifies how to remove messages. Possible values are HardDelete (permanently deleted), SoftDelete (use dumpster, default) or MoveToDeletedItems (move to Deleted Items folder).
-Mode determines how items are matched. Options are Quick, which uses PidTagSearchKey and is the default mode, or Full which uses a predefined set of attributes to match items, depending on the item class.

For this to work you need to setup the impersonation of the user which you will be running the script. This can be done as below for Exchange 2010

New-ManagementRoleAssignment -Name ImpersonationRole -Role ApplicationImpersonation -User administrator

-Name : Can be anything you put in, it’s just a name
-User: Is the user you will be impersonating as

On Exchange 2007 you can use the below command:

Get-ExchangeServer | where {$_.IsClientAccessServer -eq $TRUE} | ForEach-Object {Add-ADPermission -Identity $_.distinguishedname -User (Get-User -Identity User1 | select-object).identity -extendedRight ms-Exch-EPI-Impersonation}

More info on the script here


How to: Connect Remotely to an Exchange Management Shell

Powershell is a great tool and sometimes you need to connect to your prefered Exchange server without opening a remote desktop on the server. To connect remotely to any Exchange Management Shell you need the following:

To connect to the server using the logged-in user type,

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri http://my-exchange-server/PowerShell/ -Authentication Kerberos

and then type

Import-PSSession $Session

If you want to connect to the server using specified credentials, type the following,

$UserCredential = Get-Credential

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri http://my-exchange-server/PowerShell/ -Authentication Kerberos -Credential $UserCredential

Import-PSSession $Session

That should connect you to the desired server… enjoy