Microsoft released a new tool for analyzing and comparing sets of Group Policy Objects (GPOs). The tool is is deliverd in a .zip file and requires no installation.
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I was looking for a way to find service accounts using PowerShell and found the following post on the “Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog”:
To summarize, you can use the Get-WmiObject cmdlet to retrieve information about service accounts as in the following example:
Get-WmiObject win32_service | format-table Name, StartName
One of the news in Hyper-V 2012 R2 is Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA), which lets you install virtual machines on a properly activated Windows server (running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter) without having to manage product keys for each individual virtual machine. It works even in disconnected Environments. AVMA binds the virtual machine activation to the licensed virtualization server and activates the virtual machine (running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Standard or Essential) when it starts. Real-time reporting and tracking data is available on the virtualization server.
AVMA is easy to implement, use one of the following AVMA keys when installing a new virtual machine in Hyper-V:
More information is available on Technet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303421.aspx
It is here! Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview has been released, you can download it from TechNet Evaluation Center: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/dn205286.aspx