PowerShell: Thoughts on Module Design

I’ve finally decided to grow up and start making modules out of my rather large PowerShell code base. Here are a few things I’ve learned.

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PowerShell: Comment Based Help Generation

Here is a quick couple of functions I put together which will use AST to pull all the functions, their parameters, and associated parameter attributes and create a template comment based help from the results.

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Exchange: Stop Email Exfiltration

When your users leave or get removed from the organization they may still be getting company confidential information. Here is how you can find out and stop this from happening.

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Skype For Business: Planning for Voice – Part 3

If you have been following along this series you already know the importance of getting a recent PSTN provider bill and performing an onsite visit. Next we will go into more depth on how the site PSTN is configured with your PBX at a site. There is lots of ground to cover so lets dive right in!
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Skype For Business: Planning for Voice – Part 2

I’ve already gone over the basic phases of a Skype for Business enterprise voice deployment in my prior article. Now it is time to skip right over the first two of those phases and start preparing to replace your existing PBXs. To prepare you need to know what you are going to be replacing. In this article we will be focusing on beginning the information gathering process.

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Skype For Business: Planning for Voice – Part 1

When planning for a full Skype for Business voice deployment there are a number of elements which should be aligned and setup properly for a smooth transition. This is an introduction article for a series where I’ll provide some insight on what info you need to collect and understand for a successful PBX replacement within your organization.

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PowerShell: ASTExplorer

So I’ve been working with PowerShell and abstract syntax trees as of late. Here is a tool I wish I had at my disposal when i started with all this. It takes your script, loads all the AST elements into a treeview, lists properties as each AST element is selected in the treeview, and highlights the portion of the script the element represents.

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Powershell: Login As Batch Job Security Rights

Here is a quick bit of PowerShell. It is some snippets of C# code wrapped up with PowerShell which will allow you to assign accounts to the ‘login as batch job’ local security rights of a local machine. The code is no great shakes but it is a good example of how you might take some existing online code and modify to suit your needs in PowerShell. This function also compliments another script I’ve released in the past for automatically scheduling PowerShell scheduled tasks rather well.

I’ve uploaded this code to the Technet Gallery and Github. The prior mentioned scheduled task function is also in my Github repo for your convenience.

Lync/S4B Client: Call Forwarding Options Compared

Here is a comparison chart I put together describing the different call forwarding options available to end users or their teams. This covers everything which can be setup by users in Lync as well as team calling (setup by the admin).

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Exchange: Database Leveling Redux

Some time ago I tackled the challenge of constructing a variant of the bin packing algorithm for leveling out Exchange databases’ size with the least amount of mailbox migrations necessary. Since then, I’ve been approached by a few people in dreadfully large environments looking for help with errors and compatibility issues around the script I released. I’ve finally rounded back to this script to do it some justice.

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