What Am I Using - 4/19/2017

I guess you could say this is an update to one of my previous posts in which I outlined what technology solutions I was using at the time. While this post is not intended to share any knowledge, it allows me to keep a relatively good record of hardware/software that I am using on a regular basis for my various bits of work.

XenDesktop And Phantom Sessions

Impacted Citrix Versions: 7.X XenApp/XenDesktop

Passing Objects To Packaged Sapien EXE Scripts

I recently was involved at work with a project to create a support panel for our service desk.  This panel needed to be able to perform certain tasks in our environment, and be able to work on powershell 3 - 5 with no guarantee that I would have access to 5 (aka no jea :( ).  The users who would be running these utilities also did not have administrative permissions on the systems which these tools needed to manipulate. The old toolset was created in primal forms 2009 (yes that old!) and was set to run as a different user.  This worked fine and dandy in a one domain environment, but over time we have acquired multiple domains at work, and creating a gui form PER domain was not seen as something that would be sustainable with the new toolset.  The new tool needed to allow our technicians to perform the work they needed regardless of what domain they were working in - even if it was a brand new one as of that day.

Ransomware Restore Module

If you head over to the following site you can pick up the ransomware restore module that we use at my work to recover quickly from ransomware infections.  

Get-ACL And List Only Permissions

The following is more of a selfish post.It serves mostly as documentation of an issue encountered at work recently - one that I want to be able to just look up for a refresher and not have to google when my brain isn’t working. A coworker of mine was recently tasked with providing one of our client’s a list of the ACLs on their file share due to some work they were doing. This is pretty standard run of the mill stuff, and in the past we have used multiple utilities - some of which produced some pretty ugly output and we would end up having to manually manipulate the data in excel. Thankfully my coworker decided to use powershell to generate the list of ACLs on the file share. Unfortunately he ran into an issue that people probably don’t think about that often when generating a list of ACLs.

Powershell, Ransomware, And Detecting Encrypted Files

Unless you have had your head under a rock for the past year or so, then you have probably run into ransomware in one form or another. Be it getting that late night call from a family member or receiving a ticket from the service desk saying “we have been getting calls that people have been unable to open excel files - is the server broken?” (Because it’s always the server - always)

The Powershell Pipeline Is Your Friend

I’m happy when more people at my job start to work with and experiment in powershell.

What Do You Live By?

I had the great privilege of attending the 2016 worldwide Devops and Powershell conference - powershell.org - this year out in Bellevue, Washington. While out out at the conference I was hit with a very important realization.

Long File Paths Solved

Unfortunately working in the tech world, you sometimes come across things that make you just scratch your head and go “huh?”. These head scratching moments typically are dumb restrictions in current operating systems which are a result of past decisions, and these limitations no longer have a reason to be present. But in the name of compatibility - we keep these limitations around. One such limitation is the max file length that windows applications (and in turn powershell) can work with. By default the max length is 256 characters in length, but with a few tricks, you are able to work with file paths which are way longer. I’m not gonna go into the technical reasons behind how all of this works but this link has some good background on the issue.

College Is Optional - Training Is Not

I want to start this with a disclaimer. College is not an evil empire - in fact - it is wonderful. Some of my best memories and best friendships are a direct result of college. With that in mind.