All posts by Jordan Benzing

Protected Groups In Active Directory

The Question: This morning we hired a new and wonderful guy for our Help-desk and when setting up this persons account a strange oddity occured that caused one of the other helpdesk workers to come over to me and ask, “Hey why can’t I reset this new guys account? I can reset anyone else’s account ...

Powershell Members of a Group

Every now and again there comes a need to get the members of a group and manipulate that data in some fashion. Now there are many ways to skin this cat and work with this data from VBscript, to utilizing DSquery to Quest Powershell CMDLETS to just raw powershell cmdlets. Rather than spend time writing ...

Powershell Change The Local Administrator Account/Password

Back in May of 2014 Microsoft released a windows update – MS14-025 – that removed the ability to push out passwords to workstations remotely using group policy due to issues with elevation of privilege. If that patch is applied it’s a rather large pain to change the local admin after that without something like SCCM in ...

Visio 2010/2013 Client Server Version Error in SCOM 2012R2 Visio Drawings

The Question:  “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could create pretty Visio Drawings of our systems for the customers to look at and see up-time of servers using SCOM Data?” Well turns out in fact you can do this! It’s a feature it’s been around in SCOM for quite some time. However it’s not exactly ...

Below is a script, provided as is, that is a non-fancy way to reset permissions with some sense of logic on a users home directory. I’ve got a slightly better version of it, but I want to tweak a few things before posting it online.