How to display all OU’s & their distinguished Name from your domain

Today I wanted a quick overlook of all the OU’s and their distinguished Name. This is how I did that. Open a PowerShell prompt and enter the following :

U can expect a reply something like below :

How to rename an Azure VM using Powershell

Recently I deployed some VMs on Azure. There was a small change to the naming convention afterwards so I wanted to rename the created VMs. This is how you can do this

After a couple of minutes (depending on the size of the VM) the newly created server with the old disks, NIC etc. is created. Currently this script doesn’t support renaming the NIC, disks to your naming convention. So they have the exact same name as before. When you assigned you NIC, disk etc a custom name you will see the old naming convention. Currently I’m working on it. 🙂

How to check your Office 365 tenant for auto-forward rules

Use the following steps to check for any Office 365 auto-forward rules to external email addresses.

In this blogpost I’m using Powershell to check for any existing auto-forward rules to external email addresses.

Step 1 Logon to Office 365 using Powershell

Step 2 Export the mailbox(es) that have either redirect or forwarding

This produces a list of all mailboxes that exist in the organization where the forwaring or redirect flags are enabled

Step 3 Investigate which rules are in use

Step 4 Remove the inbox rule from a specific mailbox

Step 5 Remove all the available inbox rules from all mailboxes (if you prefer)

Script to update all Azure Powershell Modules

Use this script to update all your Azure Powershell Modules to their latest versions.

Troubleshooting Visual Studio Code: language client undefined

Recently I ran into the following problem when editing Powershell scripts using Visual Studio Code ;


First I tried to remove the specific extension. Go to the extenstion tab and check for installed extensions using @installed :


Click the action/config wheel to uninstall the specific extension and reload and reinstall it. In my case that wasn’t the solution. I found out that the specific extension wasn’t completely removed. My solution was after removing the extension in Visual Studio Code, checking for any leftovers in %userprofile%\.vscode\extensions :


After deleting the specific folder and reinstalling the extension the error was gone!



How to enable GPEdit.msc in Windows 10 Home Edition

By default gpedit.msc is not enabled on Windows 10 Home (inclusing 7/8.1 editions). The good news it’s possible to enable this feature.

Copy the above code to a batch script / powershell and execute it with administrative rights.

After executing I advice you to reboot. After rebooting you notice that gpedit.msc is now working :

How to show (export) all devices synchronizing with your Office 365

For a MDM project I had to make an dump which users are using which devices to (active)sync with their Office 365 mailboxes. This is how I did that :

Get-Mailbox -ResultSize Unlimited | ForEach {Get-MobileDeviceStatistics -Mailbox:$_.Identity} | Select-Object @{label=”User” ; expression={$_.Identity}},DeviceModel,DeviceOS, lastsuccesssync | Export-csv F:\powershell\activesync.csv

Running the above command showed the following output (in a CSV file format):

As you can see you see the user, the device the user is using, the OS their device uses and last time that devices succesfully synchronized.

I used Excel to import the CSV and sort on LastSuccessSync.

Find out here how to connect to Office 365 using Powershell.