Archive for the ‘Windows Server’ Category.

Windows – Install Print Management Console

Some reason Print Management Console is not installed by default on Windows 10 Pro and Windows 11 Pro on recent builds. Has to be manually installed. New Windows 10 & 11 Settings for printer is just garbage in my opinion. Use Print Management for real control of printer and print drivers.

DISM /online /add-capability /CapabilityName:Print.Management.Console~~~~

After it is installed it can ran by searching for “Print Management” or running “printmanagement.msc”

Windows – Credential Manger via command line

You can store and recall password with Windows Credential manger. Great to enter saved password to be used within batch scripts.

Base command is: cmdkey

Documentation on microsoft’s website

For Powershell use CredentialManger module

Windows Powershell – Manage Printers and Printer Ports

Reference this documenation for more commands and options. This works only in Windows 10

here are some example commands to add port, view printers, and update their port configurations. These are running from batch shell.

powershell -Command "Add-PrinterPort -Name "" -PrinterHostAddress "" -SNMP 1 -SNMPCommunity public"
powershell -Command "Add-PrinterPort -Name "" -PrinterHostAddress "" -SNMP 1 -SNMPCommunity public"
powershell -Command "get-printer"
powershell -Command "Set-Printer -Name CanonBW -PortName """
powershell -Command "Set-Printer -Name CanonColor -PortName """

Windows – Get files older than 7 days then delete them

Get-ChildItem 'C:\path\to\files'  | Where-Object {($_.LastWriteTime -lt (Get-Date).AddDays(-7))} | Remove-Item

Windows – Test AD Credentials in Powershell

Function Test-ADAuthentication {
    (new-object directoryservices.directoryentry "",$username,$password) -ne $null
Test-ADAuthentication "dom\myusername" "mypassword"

Windows – C:\ disk usage stats over CLI/Powershell

Useful with resource monitor wont load due to excessive load. Runs over PSremote or psexec with “powershell -Command” prefixed.

$counters = (Get-Counter -List PhysicalDisk).PathsWithInstances | Select-String 'C:';foreach($counter in $counters){Get-Counter -Counter $counter}

To view only specific counters

Get-Counter -Counter '\PhysicalDisk(0 C:)\% Disk Time'
Get-Counter -Counter '\PhysicalDisk(0 C:)\Avg. Disk sec/Transfer'
Get-Counter -Counter '\PhysicalDisk(0 C:)\Current Disk Queue Length'
Get-Counter -Counter '\PhysicalDisk(0 C:)\% Disk Time'
Get-Counter -Counter '\PhysicalDisk(0 C:)\Avg. Disk Queue Length'

Windows AD – Get list of groups and members and output to csv

$Report = "C:\Temp\report.CSV"
$STR = "Group, Member, Enabled"
Clear-Content $Report
Add-Content $Report $STR
$groups = get-adgroup -filter * | sort name | select Name
Foreach ($group in $groups) 
$curgroup = $
$members = Get-AdGroupMember -identity $ | select name
Foreach ($member in $members)
$name = $
$enabled = Get-ADUser -Filter {name -eq $name} -Properties * | Select-Object Enabled
$STRNew = $curgroup+","+$name+","+$enabled.Enabled
Add-Content $Report $STRNew

Run MSI installer on a remote PC with psexec

This will require psexec. You can get it from microsoft. Works best with Windows AD where user running command is an administrator granting access to remote workstation and file server path where MSI install resides.

psexec.exe \\remote-pc-hostname -d -s cmd /c "msiexec /I "\\remote-server\path\to\installer.msi" /quiet /qn /norestart"

Windows AD – Backup all GPOs with PowerShell.

Path has to exist for the Backup-GPO command to work.

Import-Module GroupPolicy
Backup-GPO -All -Path "C:\GPOs

Disable Windows Defender

Reboot will be required after adding this to registry
reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender" /f /v DisableAntiSpyware /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001