Mark Minasi

Mark
Minasi

Mark Minasi is a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro, an MCSE, and the author of more than 30 books, including Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2 (Sybex). He writes and speaks around the world about Windows networking.

Articles
Get-Credential Gives You Power Over Your Passwords
Use get-credential to create variables that will store your passwords and save you time when you’re running tasks that require different credentials.
Meet Set-ADUser, an All-Purpose Hammer
Mark continues his discussion of AD “hammers” with his introduction of set-aduser, the ultimate tool for AD account tweaking.
3 PowerShell Account Tweaks
Here are three more "hammer" PowerShell cmdlets that become very interesting when you mate them with a filter cmdlet.
Doubling Up Active Directory PowerShell Cmdlets
Grasp the real power of PowerShell in Active Directory by combining a cmdlet that collects all the accounts that meet some criterion with another cmdlet that does something to those accounts.
Automated PowerShell Reports Delivered to Your Inbox 2
Now that you’re prepared to use PowerShell to create AD reports automatically and deliver those reports to your mailboxes, let’s assemble a report that PowerShell can run for you daily.
Automating PowerShell Reports, Part 2 2
Windows Server's SMTP Server module provides an important underpinning to our discussion about automating PowerShell.
Automating PowerShell Reports, Part 1 2
Learn how to get PowerShell to automatically generate a report daily and deliver it to you via email.
Fine-Tuning Your Active Directory PowerShell Searches
How do you query AD for a group's members, but to return only the group members who also live in a particular OU?
Pipeline Problems and Get-ADUser
Learn the ins and outs of using the pipeline character with the Get-ADUser PowerShell cmdlet.
More Control of Active Directory Groups through PowerShell
Extend your get-adgroupmember capabilities, and learn how to use PowerShell's Help to find time-saving tips.
Microsoft, Please Don't Skewer Us on the SKUs
Mark wonders which of Windows Server 2012's cool new features will make it into the much more affordable Standard edition, and which will require Enterprise.
Give Android a Break, Will Ya? 8
The nearly nonstop firestorm of Android bashing seems unfounded and a little unwise.
Searching and Managing Active Directory Groups with PowerShell
Use get-adgroupmember and its related cmdlets to retrieve sets of users based on group membership
Search-ADAccount, Top to Bottom
Beyond its quirks, Search-ADAccount is a terrific cmdlet for discovering troublesome accounts and cleaning up Active Directory.
Maybe Domain Membership Is Passé? 6
Wouldn't it be great if your Windows devices could be members of more than one domain, or even members of more than one forest?
Comments
Reasons Why Windows 10 Might be Downloading on Domain-Joined Computers
August 19, 2015

This is really interesting, as I meet all four criteria that Rod set out -- great sleuthing, by the way! -- and did not get an invite.

That said, in the end analysis...

Harvesting the Web with PowerShell and Invoke-WebRequest
July 15, 2015

Hi Andrew -- great question, not sure I have an answer. :-( I'm guessing that SourceForge does that to block "bots," which is honestly something that every site has to worry...

Microsoft Fixes Bug That Dates Back to Windows 95
November 13, 2014

So THIS is how the Chinese have been hacking us for years. Now it's all clear. :-)

Automated Server Setup in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, Part 2
November 11, 2014

Hi Muraty -- to your questions:
1) Remember, the DC was kinda old and had some iffy items in the log. If the automatic FSMO transfer goes wrong in DCPROMO, then, well...

Automated PowerShell Reports Delivered to Your Inbox
March 1, 2014

Tony, you're right on the reference to the text file but I'm afraid you're mistaken on the rest -- I tested this before writing the column. You do indeed schedule powershell....

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