All posts by Jordan Benzing

Mr. Shiba What Time is it? – Get time remotely.

If you’ve ever worked in a large distributed environment you’ve likely experienced time issues. Maybe it’s not even so much an issue as you just want to know where the heck in the world a machine is. Especially in the current state of the world where almost every other day I wake up and go ...

Rural Internet in the USA

This blog post has been a long time coming. I feel an obligation here to inform any regular readers I have if you are expecting a technology post, this isn’t it. One additional warning, this post will get a little bit into my personal life story. Some important history To understand how I ended up ...

Find Direct Membership Collections

Direct Membership rules are frequently a topic for debate due to performance, and other challenges. However, if you work in an environment where you share Configuration Manager with several other admins you might not know just how many collections you have with direct memberships, or where they are. SQL Query SQL, something most configuration admins ...

MEMCM – Community Hub Getting Started

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! In response to this little feedback feature from one Steven Owen – now an employee at Microsoft: https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/forums/300492/suggestions/20509528 Microsoft has added the long awaited community hub and now it’s more than just the documentation! In fact you’ll soon be able to submit your own features to it! ...

Finding OUs with Workstations – Powershell performance is weird

I was recently asked to implement LAPS for a customer. Nothing unusual there. This particular environment was new to me which meant it was time to investigate their OU structure. Why does OU structure matter? When implementing laps there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you need to extend the schema. Then ...

Discord Tips and Tricks

With social distancing people are looking for reliable and simple way to connect with friends and family. For many the “gaming” platform Discord has become their way to connect. Discord while incredibly easy to set up, especially compared to its former competitors Ventrillo and Teamspeak, is not always intuitive for first time users. Now, as ...

PowerShell Copy To Clipboard

Sometimes copy paste is just really hard. If you’ve ever found yourself working through multiple RDP sessions you’ve probably attempted to copy or paste something in a PowerShell session only to have it fail horribly. Maybe you’ve been trying to look at some returned data only to have it output in some weird list. CLIP ...

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 ...