Tag: PowerShell

Nov 15

Active Directory Replication Overview & USN Rollback: What It Is & How It Happens

If you have experienced event id #2095, then you understand how a USN Rollback can negatively affect AD consistency. What is a USN? The USN (Update Sequence Number) is an Active Directory database instance counter that increments every time a single change is committed to the AD database on a Domain Controller. The USN is …

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Nov 09

PowerShell Code: Check KRBTGT Domain Kerberos Account Last Password Change

From my GitHub Repo: Get-PSADForestKRBTGTInfo  This function discovers all of the KRBTGT accounts in the forest using ADSI and returns the account info, specifically the last password change. Currently, the script performs the following actions: * Queries a Global Catalog in the Active Directory root domain for all KRBTGT accounts in the forest by querying …

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Nov 08

Mandiant MIRCon 2014 Presentation Slides

Using some Google-Fu, I was able to find some MIRCon 2014 presentation slides (sorry, no videos yet). Mandiant MIRCon 2014 Presentation Slides: R&D Track: An Insight into Symbiotic APT Groups IR Track: The Best and Worst APT Malware OSX Malware Plists, Shell Scripts and Object-C Oh-My!  APT Detection with Whitelisting and Log Monitoring Management Track: …

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Oct 21

Hyper-V How to install integration services when the virtual machine is not running

From Microsoft’s Virtualization Blog, How to install integration services when the virtual machine is not running: We’ve been talking to a lot of people about deploying integration services (integration components) lately.  As it turns out, they’re pretty easy to patch offline with existing Hyper-V tools. First, why would you update integration services on a not-running …

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Oct 10

PowerShell and Ambiguous Name Resolution (ANR) Search in Active Directory

I was recently asked how to find a user when you have data that may be the SamAccountName or in another attribute. My first thought was leveraging Ambiguous Name Resolution (ANR) Search in Active Directory. ANR enables you to find a user when you have some information about a user, but don’t know exactly to …

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Oct 02

Using PowerShell to Perform a Reverse DNS Lookup in Active Directory

Typically, one would use ping -a to get the hostname for a specific IP address which performs a DNS reverse lookup. Querying AD for a computer with an IP works great for computers joined to the Active Directory domain since most computers in AD have the IP Address configured on the computer account. When the …

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Sep 28

PowerShell: ADSI and Case Sensitivity

In developing a custom PowerShell script which leveraged ADSI, I noticed that the script wasn’t working properly. Here’s a sample block of the script which uses ADSI to get changes made to ExtensionAttribute11 as part of an Active Directory Convergence test script: 1 2 3 4 $ADSITarget = [ADSI]”LDAP://$DC” $Searcher = New-Object DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher($ADSITarget,”(sAMAccountName=$ConvergenceObject)”) $ConvergenceObjectData = …

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Sep 27

Powershell Remote Use of Module Commandlets (Remoting Import-Module)

Practically all of my Powershell scripts use an Active Directory commandlet. Ok, so they use several.  I like to query AD to get environmental information so when I run the script, I know what I am working with from an AD perspective. I can’t help it, I’m an AD Guy. In order to run the …

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Sep 23

PowerShell Code: Active Directory Domain Controller Discovery

There are several different ways to find AD Domain Controllers (DCs). Here are a few: AD PowerShell Module: Discover the closest Domain Controller running the AD web services (support PowerShell AD cmdlets): import-module activedirectory Get-ADDomainController -discover -forcediscover -nextclosestsite -service ADWS discover – find a DC forcediscover – re-discover a DC and not use a cached …

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Sep 22

Powershell Filter Operators

Once you get used to Powershell, you will want to do more and more with it.  One of the keys to leveraging the power of PowerShell is filters. PowerShell commandlets all support filters (well, most of them anyway).  This means you can drill down to resulting data subsets. If you run into commandlets that don’t …

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