Programming:Windows PowerShell

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Leave out column headers in output

Here is an example of querying the Services list, limiting the results to 10 items and then sorting them, all as as stream of values:

Get-Service | Select-Object -First 10 -ExpandProperty DisplayName | sort

This gives a bare list like so:

ActiveX Installer (AxInstSV)
Adobe Acrobat Update Service
Application Experience
Application Identity
Application Information
Application Layer Gateway Service
Application Management
ASP.NET State Service
Windows Audio
Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

The -ExpandProperty parameter takes the value of an incoming object, enumerates its values and outputs each of those values as a single record on the output stream. By pointing it at a scalar property (a property that is not a collection), you get the raw value and not an object with a single property.


Execution Policy

PowerShell x86 and x64 have different policies

This had me scratching my head until trial/error got me past it. It wasn't until later that I stumbled across a blog post which clarified that the x86 and x64 versions of PowerShell each have different execution policies. Setting the policy for one does not set it for the other.

These are the registry values where the chosen policy settings are stored:

  • x64: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\ShellIds\Microsoft.PowerShell\ExecutionPolicy
  • x86: HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\ShellIds\Microsoft.PowerShell\ExecutionPolicy

I expect the paths are subject to change for a future PowerShell edition.

Setting policy for both x64 and x86 versions of PowerShell

Using PowerShell

Tested on a x64 Windows 7 OS, but presumably this works the same up to Windows 10.

  1. Run x86 version of PowerShell with elevated rights
    • "Run as Administrator" with UAC enabled
    • "Run as different user" with UAC disabled
  2. Run Get-ExecutionPolicy to examine the current policy
  3. Run Set-ExecutionPolicy VALUE to set VALUE as the policy
    • Current valid values:
      • Unrestricted
      • RemoteSigned
      • AllSigned
      • Restricted
      • Default
      • Bypass
      • Undefined
  4. Run x64 version of PowerShell with elevated rights
  5. Repeat the steps for the x86 version of PowerShell
Using reg.exe

Example of setting the execution policy for 64-bit systems (remotely) using the reg.exe command-line tool:

for /f %i in (\\utilityserver\servers.txt) do reg add \\%i\HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\ShellIds\Microsoft.PowerShell /v ExecutionPolicy /t REG_SZ /d VALUE /f

Setting the value locally is handled roughly the same way:

reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\ShellIds\Microsoft.PowerShell /v ExecutionPolicy /t REG_SZ /d VALUE /f

SQL Server

List enabled SQL Server Agent jobs

# Load required assembly
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName('Microsoft.SqlServer.SMO') | out-null

# Create new object/connection
$sqlsvr = New-Object ('Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server') "LOCALHOST"

# Examine object
$sqlsvr.JobServer.Jobs | Where-Object {$_.IsEnabled -eq $FALSE} | Select Name,LastRunOutcome,LastRunDate

Active Directory

Look up Active Directory group members

I found this tip on

Import-Module ActiveDirectory
Get-ADGroupMember "MyADGroupName" | Select-Object name | Sort-Object name

If you wish to expand all group members from any included groups, run the command like so:

Import-Module ActiveDirectory
Get-ADGroupMember "MyADGroupName" -recursive | Select-Object name | Sort-Object name

and if you wish to instead list by Distinguished Name use this:

Import-Module ActiveDirectory
Get-ADGroupMember "MyADGroupName" -recursive | Select-Object distinguishedName | Sort-Object distinguishedName

An alternate approach is to use dsquery and dsget from the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) package:

dsquery group -name "MyADGroupName" | dsget group -members -expand

With the current set of options the list of users will be by Distinguished Name.

Look up group memberships for user account

Import-Module ActiveDirectory
Get-ADPrincipalGroupMembership username | select name
Domain Users
Domain Computers
Workstation Admins
Company Users
Company Developers

Copy all users in one group to another group

AFAIK, both groups have to be created in advance.

Import-Module ActiveDirectory
Get-ADGroupMember -Identity GROUP-A | Add-ADPrincipalGroupMembership -MemberOf GROUP-B