Thursday, 21 February 2013

PS3 with ISE

Key new features:
  • Intellesense
  • Autocomplete with the tab key
  • Regions - not only using the regions keyword but you can also fold up statements for easier reading of code.  A good example is if statments can be foldeed down.
  • Snippets - Can add you own custom snipptes, to see the ISE custom snippets when writing PS click "ctrl + j".  Easy to add you woen snippets.
  • "Show Command2 tool option in ISE is powerful for building PS.
Note: Don't use PowerShell 3 with AutoSPInstaller 3.2 for SP2010 (including using the version switch i.e. -version 2), it doesn't work and even changing AutoSPInstallers internal web call fail. It can be made to work with the version 2 switch but it isn't worth the effort.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Reboot and Resume and RunOnce PowerShell Script

Overview:  It is fairly common to need a reboot and you want to automatically run some PowerShell once the server is back up.

This package contains 2 PS 1 files (download):
  • Restart-VM.ps1 (Contains all the code to reboot the server and lainch the function from here)
  • Restart-VM-Custom.ps1  (2 functions to add your custom logic.  You can add either to the Pre-shut down code to execute or the PS to run once the server has restarted)
  1. Extract both PS1 files into the same folder on your machine;
  2. Edit the file "Restart-VM-Custom.ps1", noteably create your custom scripting logic within the "CustomRestartActions" function; and
  3. Run "Restart-VM.ps1" as the administrator.
PS to reboot remote machines:
PS> Restart-Computer -computer -force

RunOnce Example (Download)

1 PS files: 
1st file changes the registry to autologgon and run the runonce.

2nd ps file creates a folder, removes the autologin and reboots

Remote RunOnce using PS, useful for remote builds (Download)

Run on build server to setup RunOnce on the remote server
 Run on the target Remote Machine

Remote PS using Invoke-Remote
Updated 10 June 2013: I am using a REG_EXPAND_SZ Registry key type and I have discovered that the value needs to be less than 255 characters.  Mine was 270 odd characters as it had multiple attributes.  E.g.
RunOnce>c:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -noexit -command " .'C:\Windows\Temp\SQLInstall\Start-ServerCustomisation-SQL-All.ps1' 'k:\SQLInstallerInput-Test.xml' 'k:\\\c$\LocationNotingDeployment\vSphere\Test /user:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx P@aassssss'"</RunOnce>

My runonce was not firing, however the RunOnce registry key was saved correctly (270 chars).  The command could be executed from the cmd prompt with the longer length but to automate the Reg-Expand_SZ key value needs to be less than 255 characters long.

Friday, 1 February 2013

PS functionality - logging, xml, local permissions, remote PS

Read config values from an xml file - download zipped files

Download contains:
PS-Logging.Ps1 - Allows for an optional paramter to set the XML file to read from. Of the input xml is not valid or specified revert to reading a predefined xml file from the same location in the directory that PS-logging.PS1 is saved to.
PS-LoggingMore.Ps1 - Easy way to log the PowerShell consoles actions. As it doesn't work with PowerGui, it will check the IDE.
AutoInput.xml - Is an xml files that is used for configuration of these examples.
PS-Logging.png - describes the workings of the files (ignore).

Import External Functions (download) - ability to write seperate PS files and call the functions within from the main/starting Ps file.

Specifying Input Parameters Strict Example:


Ability to Execute PS on a remote trusted computer

The PS below has 2 simple functions to illistrate:
  • running a remote PS commands (tip, ensure the PS window is running using a network account that has administrator rights on the 2 remote servers) and
  • adding a domain user account or AD group to the local machine administrators group.

Invoke-Command -computername sp-srch1, sp-srch2 -command {
 $computer = [ADSI]("WinNT://" + $env:COMPUTERNAME + ",computer")
 $Group = $computer.psbase.children.find("administrators")
 $acc = "demo/sp_searchservice"
 $Group.Add("WinNT://" + $acc)
 Restart-Service -Name SPSearchHostController  # Restart the windows service
 Restart-Service -Name OSearch15