Posts Tagged ‘tip’

Want to know which Active Directory Groups you are a member of ?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

If you want to know which Active Directory Groups you are a member of and you do not have access to AD, simply open up a command prompt and type

whoami /groups

Nice little trick if you are doing deskside support and want to quickly check that the user is in the right groups

Use PowerShell to sync all Active Directory sites

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Here’s a quick script for you to synchronise your entire domain

Import-Module ActiveDirectory

$DCs = Get-ADDomainController -Filter *

Foreach ($DC in $DCs) {

$replicate = ‘repadmin /syncall /A /d /e ‘+$DC

iex $replicate


Just save it as a ps1 file and run it on any machine with the AD remote server admin tools installed or even a domain controller. If you are delegating rights, delegate them at the root of the domain in Active Dircetory Users and Computers and for each context that you want to replicate in ADSI Edit (see

if you only want to replicate part of the topology, use the code below:


Import-Module ActiveDirectory
$DCs =Get-ADDomainController -Filter *
$Char = [Char]34
$Scope = $Char + ‘DC=Domain,DC=com’ + $Char

Foreach ($DC in $DCs) {
$replicate = ‘repadmin /syncall /e ‘ + $DC + ‘ ‘ + $Scope
iex $replicate


Quick way to restart your server

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Finding it a pain to navigate to the Charms | Power | Reboot command ? Want a simpler way of restarting your server  ?

start a powershell session and enter Restart-Computer.

You don’t even need Windows 2012 as it works with 2008 R2 also.

Of course, if you are really lazy you can just type the word “restart” – that works just as well 🙂

Restoring the GUI in Windows Server 2012

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

If you want to restore the GUI in Windows Server 2012 (and you didn’t install in core mode) you can use the following command

Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell, Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra -restore

If you did install core, you need to have the CD / ISO inserted or mounted and append the -Source switch to tell it where to get the files to perform the install of the GUI from. i.e. you enter:

Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell, Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra -Source C:\Source -restart

List a computers IP addresses easily

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Now, we all know how to get a computers IP address, right . You enter ipconfig and press return. So far so good. But what if a computer has multiple NICs as they something’s do. Then it can be a bit of a chore sorting the wheat from the chaff. So, here’s a tip for just showing the IPV4 addresses. Enter the following instead.

Ipconfig | find “IPv4”