PowerShell Utility
Image Factory Utility - Update 20.02.24
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Automate Creation of WIM Files I’ve just completed testing the new Image Factory Utility. It’s been completely overhauled and has some small new features added. 2020-02-27: Version 20.02.24 β€˜Robot’ New features: Refactored code. Fully backwards compatible. Added ASCII banner art when run in the console. Added option to disable the ASCII banner art. Image Factory Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub See the full documentation available here.

Hyper-V Backup Utility - Update 20.02.14
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Flexible Hyper-V Backup Utility I’ve spent the past week away from home, and so I’ve been working on refactoring my Hyper-V Backup Utility and adding new features requested by users. Version 20.02.14 β€˜Valentine’ Current known issues: The e-mail report has extra line breaks in Outlook 365, Version 2001. New features: Refactored code. Fully backwards compatible. Added option to use a working directory to stage backups before moving them to final backup location.

Remove MS Store Apps Utility
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Customisable Windows 10/11 Microsoft Store App removal utility, previously known as Remove-Win10-Apps Remove MS Store Apps Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub Please consider supporting my work: Sign up using Patreon. Support with a one-time donation using PayPal. If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or you can join my Discord server.

Network Device Status Monitor (NDSM) Update v2.0
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Download it from GitHub, the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and the PowerShell Gallery. Big update to Network Device Status Monitor (NDSM) utility. Changes in 2.0 Added Microsoft Teams as an output location using a webhook. Here’s a walkthrough on how to create a webhook for your Teams instance. MS teams is limited to 10 devices. Not sure if it’s a Teams/webhook limit, or my code. Will investigate. Fixed bug where all devices are offline, a phantom device is added to the bottom of the offline list.

Quick PoSH: User Logon Auditing
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Here’s a quick and dirty user logon/logoff auditing script that has been helpful in educational institutions. The script is available to download from GitHub. Usage Open the Group Policy Object at the top most level of your domain(s) and add the script to the PowerShell scripts area. On log on, add the -logon parameter, and on log off add the -logoff parameter. Create a hidden share somewhere on your network, and give ‘Authenticated Users’ Full Control share and file permissions.

Office Update Utility
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Office Update Manager Office Update Utility can also be downloaded from: GitHub The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery If you would like to support me, please check out the links below. Thank you! Patreon Ko-fi PayPal If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet, or you can join the community on Discord. -Mike Features and Requirements This utility will check for and download update files for Office 365 and Office 2019.

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Backup Utility - Update v4.4
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Download it from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery the PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. Today I’ve released a minor update to my Hyper-V Backup Utility. In version 4.4 I’ve added more feedback when the script is used interactively. Whether you are running Hyper-V on a Windows 10 desktop or a Windows Server 2016 cluster, this utility can be used to backup your virtual machines. My original post with the full documentation is available here.

Automated WSUS Maintenance Utility - Update v1.7
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Download it from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery, PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. I’ve released a major update to my Automated WSUS Maintenance utility. If you are using a previous version, please update to this new one. Fixed in version 1.7: The script will now not run the clean-up process twice. The script will now report if the service isn’t running before starting. My original post with the full documentation is available here.

Network Device Status Monitor - Update v1.1
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Download it from GitHub, the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and the PowerShell Gallery. I’ve released a minor update to my Network Device Status Monitor utility. New in 1.1: Updated the style of the web page with a cleaner look. Added CSS animations for online devices. The CSS animations do not display when the utility is in ‘report’ mode. This is configured by omitting the -refresh switch, as I assume that this configuration is used to email the HTML report page rather than monitor continuously.

Windows Server Status Monitor - Update v1.6
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Download it from GitHub, the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and the PowerShell Gallery. I’ve released a minor update to my Windows Server Status Monitor utility. New in 1.6: Updated the style of the web page with a cleaner look. Added CSS animations for online devices. The CSS animations do not display when the utility is in ‘report’ mode. This is configured by omitting the -refresh switch, as I assume that this configuration is used to email the HTML report page rather than monitor continuously.

Automated Office 365 Licensing v1.1
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Update 2019-06-16 I recently learned that Office 365 licensing can be managed via Azure Active Directory’s group based licensing feature and I have since switched to using this and have retired this script. I’ll leave this post and the script itself available here, on the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and GitHub, but I’ll not be developing the script any further. For more information on Azure Active Directory group-based licensing please check out Microsoft’s documentation here and here to start with.

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Backup Utility - Update v4.3
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Download it from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery the PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. Today I’ve released an update to my Hyper-V Backup Utility. In version 4.3 I’ve added the ability to specify the Hyper-V Virtual Machines you wish to backup using a TXT file. I’ve also improved some of the commenting and cleaned up some of the code. Whether you are running Hyper-V on a Windows 10 desktop or a Windows Server 2016 cluster, this utility can be used to backup your virtual machines.

Network Device Status Monitor v2.0
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With this utility I set out to generate a status report of network attached devices from a CSV file. This utility is very similar to my Windows Server Status Monitor PowerShell Utility, except the functionality is limited to ping responses and so is ideal for both Windows based and non-Windows devices. This utility is available to download from GitHub, the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and PowerShell Gallery. If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or you can join my Discord server.