Today I write a quick tips 🙂 Sometime, we need to know the external public IP address for a computer using Powershell. This can be done easily with a Web Service of ipify.org.
Powershell Public IP
(Invoke-WebRequest -uri "https://api.ipify.org/").Content
You can get more information about ipify.org here
When you install plugins / Add-in for Microsoft Office, this add-in could be automatically disabled by Office depends on the ressouces needed, time to load, etc. This feature could be great, but sometime, this add-in must be enabled all the time. Fortunately, Group Policy can forces the Add-ins activation. Moreover, we can allow the user to change it or not.
Office Add-ins Activation
Let’s see how to do that with an example: The Symantec Enterprise Vault Add-in:
When you deploy Microsoft Office 2013 / 2016, you may want to disable OneDrive location in the Save As or Open page. Hopefully, GPO settings can disable this feature in Microsoft Office.
Let’s see how to disable it using GPO. Continue reading
During the deployment of Windows 10 in a multi countries company, you will be facing an issue with the laptops moving regularly from one country to another. The Windows 10 Automatic Timezone service is not enabled by default during the installation.
This means that the laptops will always keep the time from its origin country and it will not change the hours automatically based on the current country.
In fact, you need to configure it using Group Policy Object (GPO).
Windows 10 Automatic Timezone
Let’s see how to configure it and how the users can see and interact with this service. Continue reading
Since Windows 10, OneDrive is an built-in application. But hopefully, for enterprise administrator, you can disable this functionality with Group Policy (GPO). But even disabled, the OneDrive shortcut in the start menu still exists.
OneDrive shortcut in start menu
Let’s see how to remove this shortcut easily with Group Policy Preference (GPP):
With Windows Server 2016, Microsoft integrated the Microsoft Defender service into the operating system. This built-in antivirus is now running constantly but it does not have the Defender GUI installed by default. If you want to activate the graphical user interface on the server, this can be done using Windows Server Manager or Powershell cmdlet.
Windows Defender GUI
Let’s see how to activate or disable the Windows Defender Graphical interface:
During an Office 365 migration from an Exchange on-premises, it can be usefull to migrate contacts information. For some reasons, if you can not do a Active Directory synchronization, contacts information needs to be imported manually.
You can easily do that by running two scripts, one in your Exchange environnement which creates an csv file, and the other into the Office 365 Powershell.
Sometimes, it can be usefull to disable access to the Exchange server for a specific mailbox. For exemple, in order to forbid Outlook Web App (Outlook on the Web for Exchange 2016) but you do not want to disable the user account. Or you can prestage the mailbox and only allow access to a specific date/ time.
This can also be used during a migration to another mail system: when the user is migrated, you can disable all access to force the user on the new messaging system. And prevent any email sent by the old Exchange.
Exchange Disable access
Let’s see how to disable all access for a mailbox using ECP or Exchange Powershell:
Since Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft released Powershell 4. A new cmdlet can be use to troubleshoot network connections issues : Test-NetConnection.
With Windows version older than Windows 8.1, you must install the Telnet client to test if a specific port is open on a remote host. Now, we have a built-in tool!
Test-NetConnection with google
Let’s see how to use this cmdlet:
During an Office 365 migration, it can be useful to set the regional configuration before the user logon the first time.
Specify the regional setting prevents the user to register the language and time zone again. Moreover, when you want to import PST files into the new office 365 Mailbox, default folders must have the same name. Otherwise you will get two folders for each default folder, like inbox, Sent, Drafts…
This modification can be done using the Office 365 Exchange cmdlet or we can use a powershell script. Let’s see how to do that.