Posts tagged: wmi

Mar 22 2012

Powershell: VMWare and physical Windows server inventory

We will describe in this post how to make an inventory of your physical and VMWare virtual machines running Windows Server. For each virtual machine, we will also retrieve on which physical host the server is running. If you have a VMWare virtualized environment this script can be useful to help you decide which type of Windows server edition you need to purchase in order to lower your costs. For more information on how to license MS Windows Server in a VMWare environment you can read this article.
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Aug 07 2010

GPO WMI filtering: KB2286198 workaround

You might already know that Windows 2000 and XP SP2 are not supported by MS since the 13th of july 2010. As a consequence you cannot install new security patches released by MS on these platforms. A critical security vulnerability MS10-46 is corrected by the KB2286198 patch which was released the 3rd of august. This patch applies at least to Windows XP SP3 (for workstation versions) and Windows 2003 SP2 (for server versions). The KB article explains a workaround for the security patch, you need to edit two registry keys and disable a service.

You can apply this workaround on earlier version of Windows, if all your computers are not up to date. The disavdantage of this method is that icon images will disappear on some of your *.lnk files. So my advice is to upgrade as soon as possible your computers to a version which is supported by MS and apply the official security patch. Use the workaround only as last resort, the purpose of this post is to show you how to deploy this workaround with a GPO and play with WMI filtering. The Group Policy Center already wrote an article on how to deploy this workaround with GPO. We will just show you in this post how to target more precisely your computers which need the workaround by using WMI filers. We will achieve this under Windows 2008 by using Group Policy Preferences and activate the GPO workaround on the computers which have not the KB2286198 security patch installed. And we will show you how to achieve the same thing under AD 2003, without using Group Policy Preferences.
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Mar 31 2010

Track GPO changes: Monitoring GPT

We will explain in this post how to monitor GPO changes by tracking modifications on the GPT. Only deletion, computer/user configuration modification and creation can be overlooked. About GPO monitoring you can read this article,which shows you how to activate auditing on your Sysvol share \\domainname\sysvol\domainfqdn\Policies and retrieve GPO changes via the eventlog. We will use another method, taking advantage of the replication of this folder.
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Mar 12 2010

Diagnosis tool for your helpldesk SN1-info v1.0

Here is an application for your helpdesk that collects data about the user environment which can be useful for troubleshooting, It was developed using WMI code creator was really useful for coding this application.

Just click on the icon bellow to download the tool, if you notice any bugs and have any ideas for tool evolution, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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