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Welcome to vBlog, a personal record of my techy tinkerings and particular ponderings.

I tend to focus on VMware virtualisation, and the interaction/automation of it using PowerCLI (VMware's PowerShell Snapin), but anything that I happen to stumble across that seems like it might be of use at a later date, may well get recorded here.

I also maintain vWiki, which was a predecessor to this blog. Wiki's are great for quickly recording snippets of info, but tend not to look that great; Blog's are better looking things, but seem to require more effort so that the posts/articles are accessible in their own right. As a result I tend to update both interchangeably as available time, and depth of thought, permit.

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17 Sep 2013


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Trying to compare the members of Windows domain Security or Distribution groups cans be a bit of a pain, especially when you’ve got nested groups. To make life a bit easier I wrote a quick script that will go through the members of the groups you want, including unlimited sub-groups (see note below). The script creates a nice grid output table, which you can sort/filter etc. Continue reading →

This post covers how to redirect a users login to a different profile to that which was originally defined by the Operating System.

If a user has been logging in locally to  machine for a while, and you now want to add the machine to the domain, or if you need to move a machine from one domain to another; you may have the need to effectively give the user a new account, whilst maintaining the original desktop that they are used to. Continue reading →

This article covers how to keep the same desktop profile, the look and feel, when a user logs in, when changing the user’s login name.  This would commonly occur when migrating machines (workstations, desktops, laptops) between domains, or when moving a standalone machine into a new domain.

To be clear, what we’re actually talking about is retaining a profile when the user’s underlying security ID (SID), needs to change. If a user’s login name is changing, but they’re staying in the same domain, you can just rename the login name, as the actual user account doesn’t change, the impact is purely the cosmetic login name change, everything else stays the same. Continue reading →