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Install Consul Hashicorp trough Powershell

The Consul Hashicorp DNS service is a frequently used and modern service. Enclosed you will find a Powershell Script to install the Consul-Client as a Windows-Service. The script also allows you to run a version update.

When using the script you have to adjust the variables in line 1-13. For the update only the version number has to be adjusted, which is based on https://releases.hashicorp.com/consul/.

The script creates and updates the following config Files:
\config\consul.hcl
\config\node_exporter.json

If you don’t need this, you can comment it out of the script yourself.

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Create Discord Bot

I way toying arround with Discord and Python because I wanted to record the messages and reactions of users.
Therefore I wrote a bot with the library discord.py My first attempts with Python…or let’s say a try and error session….

But in the end I was able toget the reactions and log messages.

below some good references and instructions and an example of my discord bot

Prerequisits:

Installation of Python 3.5<

Python Discord API – https://github.com/Rapptz/discord.py

Python await – https://pypi.org/project/await/

Python async – https://pypi.org/project/async/

References:

Documentation

https://discordapp.com/developers/docs/intro

https://discordpy.readthedocs.io/en/latest/discord.html

https://discordpy.readthedocs.io/

Tutorial

https://realpython.com/how-to-make-a-discord-bot-python/

My own Bot

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Get size of Citrix UPM Profile

With these few lines you get an evaluation of your profile sizes and the AppData, if you have redirectet this to a share.
The script is designed to check multiple shares. You only have to adjust the array “$ProfileFolders” and if necessary the variable “$folder1, $folder2”

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Set Tag to ESXi Host

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Compare ActiveDirectory ACL

Here are some examples and a good description of the ActiveDirectory ACL:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ashleymcglone/2013/03/25/active-directory-ou-permissions-report-free-powershell-script-download/

Script example to compare ActiveDirectory OU ACL ( Security Groups )

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Function Count Ad-GroupMember

example:

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PowerCLI: Create VM Engine

Here is an example of how to make automated VM’s with PowerCLI. You can customize the vLAN, DiskType, etc.

If you reuse the Script below, I would recommend to look at the parameters and adapt them to your environment, e.g. network/storage config like the vLan,ESXI Hosts or the adapter type you are using its VMWare.

example:

Ensure you are using this script with PowerCLI or with the PowerCLI Module / Assemblys.

The script can also be saved and imported as a module (.psm1).

Script to create VMs on Hypervisor with enough free ressources

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Jobs on PowerShell

Certain processes can take a long time. As an example, if you want to search a specific event log trough several servers.
To counteract this, Powershell has introduced “Jobs, Workflows and Foreach-Parallel”. It should be well estimated what you can use where best. Personally, I like to rely on jobs when it comes to remote querying / remote invocation.

There is a sensational blogpost by Harry Eagles bout the topic:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/uktechnet/2016/06/20/parallel-processing-with-powershell/

I would like to show a small example of how I use Jobs to read out Eventlogs about several machines. In the example, it is only checked if the corresponding log exists or was written in the last 45 minutes. For 128 servers I needed 30 minutes with this parallel Task. I killed the sequential script after 6 hours …

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