Last week, I wrote about the importance of establishing a routine, and of keeping in touch with your team. I did not, however, talk about specific tools. This is the post where I do that. Without further ado, here are the tools I’ve been using:
Thoughts on many things Posts
I am sure I am not alone in working from home these days. For veteran telecommuters, this is nothing new. To the rest of us, however, it can be a little challenging. Drawing on my experiences of the past week or so, here are some things that have worked well for me:
A few weeks ago, I showed you how to get a list of all enabled user accounts in PowerShell. Perhaps unsurprisingly, after having presented this to my customer, it transpired that what they really wanted, was to know how many enabled user accounts existed in Active Directory.
Most IT operations shops establish some sort of service level agreement (SLA) with their users and customers. To my mind, these are equal parts commitment and expectation management. To a commercial vendor, the former is usually the focus, whereas the latter is typically the focus for an in-house vendor.
With some regularity, I find myself needing to fetch information from the BIOS of a client computer, preferably without having to go onsite to do so. This may be because I need to know what BIOS version the client is running, the serial number of the computer, or when it was manufactured. If you’re running SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager), this is relatively easily done. Here’s how:
One of my customers asked for an overview of the UPNs of all users in a specific OU. Having become fairly familiar with the Get-ADUser command, I decided to see if I couldn’t make it do this, too.
Some time ago, I was asked to provide a list of all enabled user accounts in Active Directory. My thoughts immediately went to PowerShell, assuming that there would be tools available to achieve that task. I knew that the
Get-ADUser query, combined with a parameter, would likely be the ticket.
When coming to a new position, whether in a position of leadership or not, one of your first priorities should be to gain an understanding of your context. You need to learn who your colleagues are, what they value, where they see threats, and where they see opportunities.
Back in December, I showed you how to install RSAT on a Windows client. As you will have seen, the method depends on what version of Windows the client is running, which means that correctly identifying the version running is somewhat important (although trial and error does work – eventually).