PowerShell: Using Get-ChildItem to Find Files by Date and Time

Posted by Kris Powell

Aug 25, 2015 2:39:42 PM

As a sysadmin (system administrator), we often find ourselves needing to take inventory of the workstations and servers that we manage. We have all likely faced similar questions at some point in our careers.

  • Which workstations and servers are getting full on space?
  • Which user is a disk hog?
  • Where are all my *.mp3 files?
  • How many marshmallows can I fit into my mouth at once?

These are important questions. We have all probably had the wonderful opportunity to panic when realizing that we're getting dangerously low on disk space (or marshmallows).

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Topics: powershell

The Sys Admin End-of-Summer Checklist

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Aug 20, 2015 10:30:00 AM

You may have a decline of tickets in summer as employees take summer vacations, this is especially so for sys admins working in a school district or other educational setting. The number of end users you have to deal with declines, but as summer begins to wane, you realize...war is coming, and your computers are helpless.
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Happy, Healthy DNS: How to Resolve DNS Errors

Posted by Lex

Aug 19, 2015 9:50:00 AM

The errors are many:

  • Target computer name mismatch
  • Failed to connect to ADMIN$ share
  • The target account name is incorrect
  • The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

These errors don't necessarily mean that name resolution via DNS is broken but the chances are good that DNS needs some attention. The only exception is the error "Failed to connect to ADMIN$ share" which can be caused by a number of problems not related to DNS.

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Topics: DNS

How to Customize Adobe Flash Player

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Aug 12, 2015 3:25:19 PM

Let's talk customizing Adobe Flash. You can make your customizations to Flash with the mms.cfg file. The mms.cfg file is a text file Flash will use to apply customizations. We'll look at some possible customizations and how to silently install Flash on your computers.

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Topics: Adobe Flash

How to Disable Flash in Chrome

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Aug 6, 2015 12:28:00 PM

By default, Flash is enabled in Google Chrome. You can disable the plugin silently. You can also adapt the provided solution to enable Flash if you find yourself needing it enabled. You will need to have PowerShell 2 or higher installed on your target machines. 

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Import Custom Fields with SQL

Posted by Adam Ruth

Jul 30, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Earlier we explored the power of custom fields for keeping track of unique information on your computers. But what if you need to track this custom information on 100s or more computers?

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Topics: pdq inventory

Capturing Screenshots with PowerShell and .NET

Posted by Kris Powell

Jul 28, 2015 2:15:00 PM

There are many reasons for taking a screenshot of your local desktop or a remote user’s desktop.

Sometimes we have some task automated but would like to see the end result, but not only as a blob of text. 

This is especially true to those of us who have worked in a help desk role know the difficulty involved with having an end user describe an error that’s occurred on their machine.

Wouldn’t it be great if they knew how to take a screenshot and send the file to you? Sometimes we just want a picture to look at. Pictures really are worth a thousand words sometimes.

Enter Powershell!

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Command Line and Keyboard Shortcuts for PDQ Deploy

Posted by Shane Corellian

Jul 22, 2015 4:36:20 PM

If you're a sys admin then you probably prefer using your keyboard to navigate around your favorite programs. 

Let's take a look at some common PDQ Deploy tasks and show you how you can accomplish these using either keyboard shortcuts or the CLI (Command Line Interface)

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Get Notices on Updates to the PDQ Package Library

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Jul 16, 2015 3:32:00 PM

Package Library \noun\ˈpa-kij ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē\ a collection of common or popular applications and runtimes pre-built to silently install by the Admin Arsenal team available in PDQ Deploy. See also: sys admin time saver, pure awesome.

Now that we've gotten that defined, the next question sys admins often ask once they've gotten their hands on PDQ Deploy is how do I know when a new update or package is available? Well, there are a few options available.

Email Notifications

This is probably the most requested way to get notifications. It's not available natively in PDQ Deploy, but you can subscribe to email notices on our support site. We have an area there dedicated just to updates to packages, subscribe to that feed and you're golden! When a new package comes out you'll receive an email as soon as it's posted here. 

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Topics: Package Library

Silently Install Java 8 Update 51

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Jul 15, 2015 10:54:43 AM

The quarterly release of Java is here. Make sure your computers are up-to-date with Java 8 update 51. You can read more about this critical patch update here. These are a few tips for you to ensure a clean and successful silent install. 

Buyer Beware: Oracle has been bundling the Ask toolbar with the "online" installation of Java. If your users attempt to install or update Java then this is probably the reason why Ask shows up.The Java package in the Package Library is bloatware free (we strip all that nonsense out for you) and we remove the Java Update notifications that your users may otherwise will see.

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Topics: java

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