Previously I talked about how to read the start menu pinned items and their group details using PowerShell. If you have missed that article, read it from http://techibee.com/powershell/query-start-menu-groups-and-pinned-programs-in-windows-8-1-using-powershell/2395 . In this post I will share my thoughts on customizing the start menu layout for Windows 8.1 based users using Group policies. In my previous post, […]

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Like any other Hypervisor infrastructure, VMs in Microsoft Hyper-V can also sync time from its host. This time synchronization happens through Hyper-V integration services. Along with Time sync a few other things like OS Shutdown, Data exchange, heartbeat, snapshot operations are performed via this integration service. These features can be enabled or disabled via PowerShell […]

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The PowerShell script discussed in this article will help in querying Programs and groups pinned to start menu in Windows 8.1 metro UI. It also gives their size and the executable that it is pointing. Windows 8.1 has a PowerShell cmdlet, Export-StartLayout, that helps in exporting the current UI setting. This will export Start Menu […]

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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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I came across a question in Technet Forums about how to merge multiple CSV files into one single CSV with additional column added to the output file that indicates the file name from where it imported. You can read full question at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c9470c3e-37a2-48e0-8170-a235fbee2d2e/merging-several-csv-files-in-one-csv-file?forum=winserverpowershell To address the need, I prepared a quick PS function. Posting it here […]

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We all know that size conversion in PowerShell is pretty straightforward. If you have a number in bytes and want to convert it into MB or GB, it is as simple as typing 12345/1GB or 12345/1MB in PowerShell prompt or script. Ok, then where is the problem and why I am writing this post. The […]

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One thing that I don’t like while working with ActiveDirectory PowerShell module is, it’s slowness in loading and the crazy progress bar that it shows while creating default AD: drive. Honestly, I don’t use the AD: ps drive to manage active directory objects as the cmdlets are sufficient enough for most of the operations. Moreover, […]

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Being a Hyderabadi, I am very excited to see Hyderabad PowerShell User group (PSHUG) taking a shape. Last Saturday (28-June-2014), we have our first Hyderabad PowerShell User Group inaugural meet. The best thing about the meet is having Bruce Payette on floor. He is one of the Principal developers in PowerShell team at Microsoft and […]

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