domingo, 17 de fevereiro de 2013

Export Installed Updates in Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2

There is a quick command to export in a nice CSV format all installed updates in a Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 system:

1. Open a command prompt

2. Type: wmic qfe get /format:csv >C:\updates.csv

What is the benefit of it? This is a way to build a Changelog to track the changes performed in the system. Each Month or Scheduled update 'day' export the changes, so you can see the history of applied patches.

quinta-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2013

Find the Shares from your DFS Namespace

DFS Namespace information can be easily exported to a nice XML file with the command:

dfsutil root export \\domain\namespacename C:\Export.xml

But now you have a XML file, which is not the best file type to work with and check important info. Basically what I will show you is a small script in Powershell that parses the XML and return the ONLINE targets sharename, but you can adapt to return the info you need.

# Parsing XML from Namespace
[xml]$dfs = Get-Content output.xml
$output = @()
foreach ($link in $dfs.Root.Link)
    if ($link.Name -match "DEEI\\Groups")
        $user = $link.Name.Split("\")

        foreach ($target in $link.Target)
            $shareName = $target.get_InnerXml()
            if ($target.state -eq "ONLINE")
$output | Out-File '.\OUTPUT-SHARE.TXT'

The small script above returns all shares which are ONLINE and output them to the OUTPUT-SHARE.TXT. It takes as input the file 'output.xml' which is the xml from the namespace.

Feel free to adapt it. Please let your comment.