PowerShell Tip of the Week: Restart Web Application remotely

In todays short article I want to share few simple one-liner scripts that I’m using for Web Applications. They might be useful for your daily administration and if you want to create automated reports. Web Application pool I often need to check application pools status and depends on the output perform some actions. To use examples from this article you need WebAdministration module commands. Below you can find how to …

Get-Process

Get process remotely including username using PowerShell

In today’s article I would like to describe how to get process remotelty used by some specific username. Most of PowerShell admins are familiar with this command but no all knows its paramter called IncludeUserName. Recently I had to check processes under some username on bunch of servers. Below you can find few helpful examples. Get process locally Get all processes for some specific user is not difficult. Paramter -IncludeUserName …

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Add users to local group remotely using PowerShell

How to add users to local group on remote servers? The easiest way for me was to create simple PowerShell script 🙂 Some time ago we posted article about adding group – link. In this article I want to show you how to add mutliple users to some specific group. Get Members First you should know how to verify who is currently added to group. To get members from remote …

Update Rollup

Get SCOM update rollup version remotely

Checking SCOM update rollup version using console is pretty simple. Things are getting a little bit complicated if we want to get this from server. Using WMI or PowerShell commands like Get-Hotfix probably we will not get this information. Update Rollup To check this locally we have to get FileVersion for OMAgentTraceTMFVer.Dll file. Each version is assosiated with one of the Update Rollups. For more information you can visit System …

Test URL on Server Core machines using PowerShell

Recently I had to test URL on server core machines. I created simple scripts to generate report with just basic information like status code and content. Below you can find short description how to check http and https URLs. Test URL For checking http URL I used Invoke-WebRequest command. Unfortunately when I run it localy on server core machine it returned me an error: Error message: The response content cannot …

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Get ADFS product version using PowerShell

In this short arcticle you’re gonna find out how to check ADFS product version on multiple remote servers. Recently I had to scan my environment for auditing purpose. One of the tasks was to compare ADFS service product version. ADFS product version To check it on single machine we can use Get-Item cmdlet: It getting a little bit more complicated if you have plenty of severs and they are Server …

How to create dump files remotely (ProcDump) using PowerShell?

Recently I had to create memory dump files for multiple remote servers. I found great tool called ProcDump on Microsoft page which can do it. Unfortunately it can’t be run remotely so I had to combine this tool features with PowerShell commands. ProcDump ProcDump is a command-line utility whose primary purpose is monitoring an application for CPU spikes and generating crash dumps during a spike that an administrator or developer …

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Get free disk space from remote computers

One of the things that you have to monitor in your environment is free disk space. In this short article I want to share with you some code lines which help to create disk report. Free disk space Script is based on Get-WmiObject cmdlet which gets instances of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) classes or information about the available WMI classes. For more information please refer to Microsoft docs page. Script …

PowerShell Tip of the Week: Check connectivity to multiple servers

You can find multiple articles on our blog about checking connectivity. This time I want to show you how to check it for bunch of servers on specific port. Check connectivity Script will use Test-NetConnection command where you can specify port number. For single machine you can use the following one-liner script: On the beginning you have to provide servers and destination servers againts which you want to check connection: …

PowerShell Tip of the Week: Building your first chart report

Today’s short tip will be about building your first chart report. You can find several articles on our blog about memory utilization. This time you will learn how to get results in columns chart. Chart report As some of you already know PowerShell allows you to create charts and graphs. To do this we need to use .Net classes. The System.Windows.Forms.DataVisualization.Charting namespace contains methods and properties for the Chart Windows …