• Thank you for writing this article.
    I wrote all my own Powershell code to install VMs, but on the free Hypervisor-only platform. IMO, it is pointless to host VMs on a GUI based server. The command line based server has far less bloat and better security.

  • In this new post of my Hyper-V management series, I will explain how create a Hyper-VM with PowerShell.Add virtual DVD drive to VM and Mount the ISO File using PowerShell

  • If you’re creating complex PowerShell scripts like this, you should already be aware that setting the AllowTelemetry key in the registry, will have the same effect as using the Local Group Policy Editor to set one on of the 4 allowed levels of Data Reporting. You should also be aware that setting it to Zero is only possible on Windows Enterprise and if you choose to do it anyway…. for example, if you set this key to 0 on a Windows Pro copy…. the system will revert to the level of Diagnostic Data that Microsoft sees fit, and this effect will be invisible. You can verify what I’m telling you by simply visiting the relevant Group Policy, setting it to 4 then refresh Regedit (press F5) and watch as the AllowTelemetry key changes to 4. If you’re not on Enterprise then then 1 is the lowest setting you can use.

    Basically, if you don’t know what you’re doing by poking around in the registry, you may very well be enabling more Telemetry while you think you’re turning it off.

    Key: HKLMSOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsDataCollection”AllowTelemetry”

    Local Group Policy: Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsData Collection and Preview BuildsAllow Telemetry (it tells you that you can only set 0 if you’re running Enterprise.)

    *I’d never recommend that anybody run a script that automatically makes a bunch of changes to their Windows in the hopes of tuning it for privacy reasons. The best thing to do is do the research yourself and understand what it is that you’ll be changing.

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  • thanks for sharing!
    i am looking to make a script to do a hot clone(booteable) of disk….its posible to achive that on windows?
    Lets imagine:

    i have a 256 SSD disk with the default partitions that windows create….and a second HDD partition (lets say…500gb)

    so idea will be create the same parttion structure in HDD and a extra partition to hold the image of the partitions of SSD…

    launch in powershell the image of the parttions and hold in the extra partitions of HDD and then recover each image in the correspondent copied partitions of HDD…

    have sense?

  • Hi,

    Is there anyway to many different ad domain user on different client machines?
    in one step?


  • I guess something has changed in PowerShell in the past three years, because despite following this guide to the letter it doesn’t work as described. Not sure why.

  • That wast my mistake. The methods just also apply to the latest PowerShell versions. We changed the wording.Thanks for the hint!

  • You said you would discuss changes in version 7 and 7.2, but I didn’t find that in the article.

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  • Check out the difference between
    [powershell]Get-NetAdapter | Select-Object -ExpandProperty InterfaceAlias[/powershell]
    [powershell]Get-NetAdapter | Select-Object InterfaceAlias[/powershell]

    Do you catch the difference? That’s PowerShell-related, not Get-Netadapter related. 🙂

    You may also use [powershell](Get-NetAdapter).InterfaceAlias[/powershell]


  • Hi Emanuel!

    Every answer I get is like a new window of knowledge! Thank you!

    I’ve actually used something similar to your 2nd suggestion. In fact, here’s my test code:

    Invoke-Command -VMName Win10VMTest004 -ScriptBlock {
    $InterfaceIndex = Get-NetAdapter | Select-Object InterfaceIndex
    $InterfaceAlias = Get-NetAdapter | Select-Object InterfaceAlias
    Write-Output $InterfaceAlias
    If ($InterfaceAlias -eq “Ethernet 2”)
    $InterfaceIndex = $InterfaceIndex4Set
    Write-Output $InterfaceAlias, $InterfaceIndex4Set

    However, using the 1st write-output that I’ve placed to trace where the process flows through, I’ve found out that it doesn’t enter or satisfy the IF statement. It displayed this:

    InterfaceAlias PSComputerName RunspaceId
    ————– ————– ———-
    Ethernet 2 Win10VMTest004 ffd983d1-21bf-42af-b123-bb0ec402dd3f
    Ethernet Win10VMTest004 ffd983d1-21bf-42af-b123-bb0ec402dd3f

    I need to ‘catch’ Ethernet 2. Suspecting that the second value ‘Ethernet’ is overwriting the 1st value ‘Ethernet 2’, I’ve tested a code where the IF tries to catch ‘Ethernet’ only. To no avail.

    You’re right, YouTube videos will surely do a lot of help also.

    Thank you! Your replies are always very helpful and enlightening.

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  • Hi.
    You can do it in several ways:

    or save everything in a variable and then use it in a similar way.
    $Nics = Get-Netadapter


    Get-NetAdapter | Select-Object -ExpandProperty InterfaceIndex

    These approaches are applicable to pretty much all PowerShell commands, not really to this one in particular. If you’re new with PowerShell, getting comfortable with these concepts will be of great help. There are quite a few PowerShell courses on Pluralsight that could be a boost for you at this stage (pretty much anything from Jeff Hicks would be an excellent choice, but start with the “beginner” courses). Pluralsight is not free, but it’s completely worth the investment, and it’s roughly the cost of a Netflix subscription. 🙂
    (I’m not affiliated in any way with them, but it helped me and I learned a lot).
    Alternately, there are tons of free resources on YouTube and elsewhere. The only limit is your time. And your curiosity. 🙂

  • Hi Emanuel!

    This is great help. However, how do I get the value of InterfaceIndex only? If my guess is correct, the code you provided will dump all of what’s contained in Get-NetAdapter.

    Thank you!

  • Hi, Lee Roy (and Anthony).

    You could do something like
    $info = Invoke-Command -ComputerName Dc01,FS03 -ScriptBlock {Get-NetAdapter}.
    to store the info in the variable $info.

    However, for Get-Netadapter you don’t need Invoke-Command. Get-Netadapter can get info from remote systems .
    $info = Get-NetAdapter -CimSession Dc01,FS03

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