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In my previous post, we explored the way to identify list of group policies linked to a particular Active Directory OU. While it serves the purpose, there are few details missing there like whether GPO is enabled, enforced, what is the order of the GPO, etc. Articles related to working with Group Policies using PowerShell […]


Last time we have seen a few ways to find group policies using PowerShell. Expanding on the same horizon, I would like to share some more thoughts on finding Group Policies linked to AD OUs. If you haven’t read my previous article on finding group policies, I prefer you go through that first. Here is […]

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Find your Windows client boot time performance using PowerShell

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Find Group Policies Objects in Domain using PowerShell

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Enable or disable Virtual Machine time synchronization in Hyper-V

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Query Start menu groups and Pinned programs in Windows 8.1 using PowerShell

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Why Pin to start menu is not working in Windows 8.1 with PowerShell

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While playing with a code today, I wanted to pin a few of my applications to start menu using PowerShell. I know that it is pretty easy through “Shell.Application” Com Object by accessing verbs() of the executable or link file. I quickly verified that applications I want to link to start menu has the verb […]

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Often you might be hearing complaints that SQL queries running slow on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012. You will be puzzled after finding CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network utilization normal but still the queries are running slow when compared with other Windows Server 2003 boxes. Many people I talked to said they […]

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