Category Archives: Scripting

Your Powershell $profile

Something us Windows admins neglect is our Powershell $profile. In the *nix world .bashrc (or whatever shell you use) is something that a user / admin tinkers with a fair amount.

I have been tinkering with my $profile for awhile now, adding and removing things. I am a long way from being finished but I think that is probably normal. I am embedding a github copy of my profile below


Quickly convert from VMDK to VHD

You will need two tools for this, a decent unzipping tool like 7Zip if you have the OVA and Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

If you downloaded an OVA file decompress this with 7Zip

7z.exe e D:\temp\ucspe.ova -oD:\Temp\UCSPE

After this you should have at least three files

Some OVA’s will contain multiple VMDK’s.

One you have these files open and admin powershell prompt

Import-Module ‘C:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter\MvmcCmdlet.psd1’

ConvertTo-MvmcVirtualHardDisk -Verbose -SourceLiteralPath D:\temp\UCSPE_2.5.2a\UCSPE_2.5.2a-disk1.vmdk -DestinationLiteralPath D:\Path\To\HyperV\ -VhdType Dyna
micHardDisk -VhdFormat Vhdx

Once you have the disks create the VM as you normally would in HyperV and attach the converted disk, code snippet I use is below

$vmGeneration = “1” #Gen 2 for UEFI
$vmName = “Test”
$vmMemory = “2GB”
$vmDiskPath = D:\HyperV\Disks\UCSPE\UCSPE_2.5.2a-disk1.vhdx”
$switchName = “Ethernet”
New-VM -Name $vmName -VHDPath $vmDiskPath -MemoryStartupBytes $vmMemory -SwitchName $switchName -Generation $vmGeneration
Add-VMNetworkAdapter -VMName $vmName -SwitchName $switchName
Add-VMNetworkAdapter -VMName $vmName -SwitchName $switchName

Quickly audit software on a Windows network using the command line

We recently received a notice from one of our Vendors that we must provide them with a software audit of all machines on our network, but we did not have a reliable system in place at the time.

My first thought was to scrape the registry, but I had not played with that too much. Next idea was WMI, or specifically WMIC, teamed with a NMAP scan to get a list of online machines. Continue reading