Removing phantom application folders from website configuration in IIS

how to remove phantom application folders from websites in IIS using PowerShell? Today I wanted to remove application folders from the website configuration in IIS whose physical path on the filesystem was removed. E.g when the application folder “/test1” in the website example.com should point to z:\sites\example.com\www\test1 but was removed. Here is now.

Install Windows Server Servicing Stack Updates (SSU) using PowerShell

You can install Servicing Stack Updates (SSU) for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 using PowerShell, without downtime. Because they must be installed prior to your normal Windows Server security updates, you can install them anytime you want to during the day. Here’s a small PowerShell example to do so. Jan ReilinkMy name is…

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How to uninstall and remove Adobe Flash Player in Windows Server

Ever wondered why Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) offers Flash updates for Windows Server? Adobe Flash Player is installed on Windows Server 2016 / 2019 if you have the Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) role installed. Yikes! I can imagine you want to delete Adobe Flash Player without deleting the RDSH role, and here is how.…

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Working with file attributes in PowerShell

Working with PowerShell’s Get-ItemProperty to get file attributes may boost your work productivity. It’s often easier to getting things done if you have a more generic way of doing something. Here is how to use Get-ItemProperty in PowerShell to perform and streamline day to day tasks like installing or updating software based on file versions. Jan ReilinkMy…

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How to unzip a file in PowerShell

Unzipping a file on your PowerShell command line may come in handy sometimes, even on your Windows 10 workstation. Use Expand-Archive for this, and all that is required is PowerShell 5.0+, or the .NET 4.5+ Framework to use System.IO.Compression.ZipFile. Jan ReilinkMy name is Jan. I am not a hacker, coder, developer or guru. I am…

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PowerShell blacklist check script: find an IP address’ blacklist status & reputation

Here’s a blacklist check script written in PowerShell. You can use this to lookup an IP address in various blacklists (DNSBL, RBL). Such a check is a great indicator for an IP address’ reputation. Basically this PowerShell blacklist checker is a port of my Bash script to check an IP address blacklist status in Linux.…

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AppCmd introduction and examples

The AppCmd command is your one-stop-shop for administering Windows Server IIS web servers. In combination with WinRM it’s your Swiss Army knife for your daily routine. This post introduces appcmd and provides you with a lot of helpful appcmd examples. Jan ReilinkMy name is Jan. I am not a hacker, coder, developer or guru. I…

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Get current number of FTP client connections (NonAnonymous) with PowerShell and Get-Counter

Ever wanted to know the current number of active FTP client connections on your Windows Server FTP Service? You can get this statistic using PowerShell, the Get-Counter cmdlet and the Microsoft FTP Service Current NonAnonymous Users performance counter. Jan ReilinkMy name is Jan. I am not a hacker, coder, developer or guru. I am merely…

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Simple PowerShell introduction for Windows Server administration, automation and scripting

Windows PowerShell (“PS” for short) is an important tool in Windows Server for administrators. You can use PowerShell for Windows Server administration, software installation, automation, and shell/command-line scripting. Here is a small and simple introduction to Windows PowerShell. Jan ReilinkMy name is Jan. I am not a hacker, coder, developer or guru. I am merely…

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