PowerShell for Windows Admins:

Windows Server 2012 R2


April 13, 2014  5:50 AM

Checking license activation



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
CIM, PowerShell 3, PowerShell v4, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, WMI

I’m building some virtual machines for my demo’s at the upcoming PowerShell summit. To make the demo’s, and setup, more interesting(?) I decided to use some Server Core instances. The usual setup activities become a bit more interesting with Server Core – particular Windows...

April 3, 2014  1:14 PM

Windows Server 2012 R2 Update



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Windows Server 2012 R2

The Windows Server 2012 R2 Update (and the corresponding Windows 8.1 Update) are available to MSDN/TechNet subscribers. General availability follows on 8 April (patch Tuesday) Details from


April 3, 2014  1:02 PM

Windows Management Framework V5



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Windows Server 2012 R2, WMFv5

The Windows Server blog has an announcement, and download link, for WMF v5.

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March 31, 2014  4:03 AM

DSC resource kit wave 3



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
PowerShell v4, Windows Server 2012 R2

Desired State Configuration (DSC) is the new server configuration and compliance mechanism that ships with PowerShell 4.0 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Resources are the way you perform configuration. Now you have more options with the release of wave 3 of the DSC resource kit. Details from


March 21, 2014  12:39 PM

DSC, Windows 2012 R2 and GA



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows 2012 R2 GA (General Availability) occurred in October 2013. Downloads of the Windows 2012 R2 RTM release were made available on MSDN before that time however there were some changes made between RTM and GA that have a significant impact on Desired State Configuration – it breaks on most...


March 12, 2014  4:49 AM

Get-ADUser issue fixed



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Active Directory, PowerShell, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2

The issue that I discussed in these posts: http://richardspowershellblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/get-aduser-issue-2/


January 14, 2014  12:24 PM

VM disk info



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Hyper-V, PowerShell, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

A question came into the forum about getting information on the virtual disks associated with particular Hyper-V virtual machines. Is a bit of a digging exercise but this gets the results: Get-VM | foreach { $VMname = $psitem.Name Get-VMHardDiskDrive -VMName $VMname  | foreach { Get-VHD...


January 8, 2014  12:47 PM

Test windows activation



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
CIM, PowerShell v4, Windows Server 2012 R2, WMI

I’m currently upgrading my lab environment to Windows Server 2012 R2 which involves upgrading some machines and rebuilding the others.  One task in any build or upgrade situation is to make sure that Windows is activated. Windows Server 2012 R2 will activate once an Internet connection is...


November 8, 2013  3:01 PM

Get-ADUser issue fixed



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Active Directory, PowerShell v4, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2

I reported in this post http://richardspowershellblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/get-aduser-issue/ an issue with Get-ADUser under PowerShell 4.0 on Windows 8.1/2012 R2 where using –Properties * caused a failure. I had a comment that this is schema related and a schema upgrade fixes the...


November 6, 2013  1:11 PM

Get-ADUser issue



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Active Directory, PowerShell, PowerShell v4, Windows Server 2012 R2

By default Get-ADUser returns a limited number of properties. If you wanted to see all properties on a user account you would do this Get-Aduser –Identity richard –Properties * This option appears to be broken in Windows 2012 R2 / PowerShell 4 PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-ADUser...


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