ConfigMgr – 1910 User Policy for Multiple user Sessions

Building customer environments Something I like to do when building a new configuration manager environment is to create and deploy an admin tool box. This is especially easy when you have tools like PatchMyPC as you can pre-package certain applications like SQL Management studio using the enterprise plus subscription features. When I do this I’m ...

VSCode – PowerShell Formating

If you’ve been writing in Powershell for any period of time, you’ve at some point encountered one of the various Powershell formatting arguments. It’s always some type of semantic detail. While this post can’t fix all of those it certainly can help solve a lot of the basic arguments including how to format functions, parenthesis ...

PowerShell and #Requires

Did I run that script as admin? Have you ever written a Powershell script only to get slapped in the face with a bunch of angry red text and an access denied message? I know at some point I have. The logical course of action is to of course google “how do I make sure ...

Common VSCode Extensions

Ever since MMS2019 – I’ve been asked and have seen numerous questions about what VSCode extensions should someone get started with. While everyone needs different things here are a few extensions I think anyone working in PowerShell should use. NOTE: If you want to skip to the full list of my favorite extensions just scroll ...

Travel Tips & Tricks for 2020

I recently had a chat with a friend who revealed they were headed out of the country on a family vacation and knowing my travel habits they asked if I had any tips for making travel less stressful. As I wrote a response I thought some of these tips might be useful for others as ...

How To: Import the ConfigMgr Module – $Profile Style

Setting the scene If you are like me you probably find yourself frequently in a spot where you would like to import the Configuration Manager module to do this one thing. No one wants to open the console and load the ISE. No one wants to have to use the Snippet, I just want to ...

How To: Make VSCode Create new PowerShell file by default

VSCode Settings VSCode has become my and many other creators editor of choice. However, I find myself updating certain settings regularly. One of those settings is default file type for new files. An upside of changing the default file type is allowing the PowerShell extension to immediately parse your work. If you have not looked ...

Creating VSCode User Snippets for PowerShell

If you spend time working with VSCode you’ll learn there are cool functions like “User Snippets” you can customize. I’ve talked about these before on another blog and showcased creating User Snippets that allow you to import the Configuration Manager PowerShell module. I wanted to go a step further with a few more snippets I’ve ...

Add an AD Group rule to a collection with PowerShell

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on my blog but after a year of writing with the SCConfigMgr team on a regular basis I thought it was time to give my roots a little bit of loving. When creating a collection in ConfigMgr its really common that we use an Active Directory ...

Enable the Active Directory Recycle Bin

Ever have gut-clenching moments when you realize you deleted the wrong object in Active Directory? Maybe you keep a bottle of antacid in your desk drawer for exactly that reason. Well not anymore. Let’s talk about a wonderful feature in Active Directory implemented back in the 2008 version of Active Directory. It’s called the ‘Recycle ...

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