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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.

How to install Microsoft’s SQL Server Driver for PHP

In this article I’ll show you how to install the Microsoft SQL Server Driver for PHP 7+. This makes the use of an SQL Server database back-end for your PHP website easy. If you want to communicatie with SQL Server using PHP you need to rely on some additional software and PHP extensions. This post walks you through the steps necessary to install the SQL Server driver and SQLSRV extension for PHP 7+, on Windows Server IIS of course.

Get Hyper-V guest serial number with PowerShell

How to retrieve the Hyper-V virtual machine’s serial number with PowerShell? Sometimes you need to have the serial number of a Hyper-V virtual machine (VM, or guest). We, for instance, use this serial number in our automatic, unattended deployment of the guest operating system. But then you need to know how to find this serial number…

Tunnel RDP through SSH & PuTTY

SSH port forwarding in PuTTY

How to tunnel Remote Desktop (RDP) over SSH with PuTTY.

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to perform remote administration on a Windows Server, and the RDP port 3389 is blocked on a firewall? Did you know you can tunnel RDP over SSH with PuTTY? This particularly comes in handy when there is no VPN available to the remote network… Here is how to set up a RDP SSH tunnel with PuTTY.

Monitor Windows services with PowerShell

How to monitor Windows Servers with PowerShell

As a Windows Server and IIS administrator, you want your Windows services to run at all times. One can monitor Windows services in many, many, ways. Some of our customers websites may depend on certain services, which may be hard to monitor externally. For those Windows services that need local monitoring, I like to schedule a PowerShell script. Here is one…

PowerShell Get-FsrmQuota and Set-FsrmQuota

To get and set File Server Resource Manager NTFS quota, you now have to use PowerShell‘s FileServerResourceManager cmdlets. In the past, I used to get and set NTFS directory quota with the dirquota command, which is deprecated. A behavioral change for me (and you?) I can live with: it’s pretty easy to get directory information with Get-FsrmQuota and change dirquota using Set-FsrmQuota.

Set IIS Application Pool recycle defaults to Specific Times, not Regular Time Interval

Application Pool Specific Time Interval recycle settings

By default, an IIS application pool (or “AppPool”) recycles on a regular time interval of 1740 minutes, or 29 hours. One reason for this time interval is that application pools don’t recycle at the same moment every day (every day at 07.00 for example). However, sometimes you want to change this regular time interval to a specific time schedule. And when you try to configure this in IIS Manager, it gives you an error. Luckily, AppCmd and PowerShell come to the rescue!

PowerShell: find all files owned by a particular user

Find all files from one owner in Windows using PowerShell

In Windows, you sometimes need to find all files owned by a specific user. Recursively on your Windows Server NTFS file system. PowerShell has some nice cmdlets and features to automate this task for you. Here you’ll find example PowerShell scripts to find and list files owned by a specific user…