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Friday March 28

06:00
Use PowerShell to Query WMI on Windows Servers

I recently needed to check and see whether a backup drive (which was just a 4TB USB drive) was plugged into a server. But the server had no GUI, so I had to use the command line. There was no drive letter mapped to this drive, so I needed to use something else and I needed to make a script that could be used long-term. Luckily, PowerShell can be used to obtain WMI information on the hardware installed on a computer. This allows administrators to query WMI about the USB devices currently installed on a server. In the following command, we’re going to use gwmi from PowerShell and we’re going to query
for Win32_USBControllerDevice. We’re going to run the command against the computer name in question (example here is host.krypted.com although if we left the -computername option off it would run against the host the command is run on).
Get-WMiObject Win32_USBControllerDevice -computername host.krypted.com | fl Antecedent,Dependent
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06:00
10.9: Enable experimental network commands

Many advanced network configuration commands can be reached with the scutil command line tool. Launch Terminal.app and run:

ENABLE_EXPERIMENTAL_SCUTIL_COMMANDS=1 scutil --net, then type help and press the Return key to see the available options.

For example:

localhost:~ user$ ENABLE_EXPERIMENTAL_SCUTIL_COMMANDS=1 scutil --net
set "Automatic" selected
> help

Available commands:

help : list available commands
f.read file : process commands from file
quit [!] : quit

commit : commit any changes
apply : apply any changes

create interface [ | ]
create protocol
create ser ...

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Thursday March 27

06:00
Setting PowerShell Execution Policies

Microsoft doesn’t want any old tool to execute PowerShell scripts. But sometimes when we’re running a tool, we need the tool to be run in a way that violates the default execution policy. In order to facilitate this, Microsoft has also provided four levels of security for the PowerShell execution policy. These include:

  • Restricted: The default execution policy, which forces commands to be entered interactively.
  • All Signed: Only signed scripts can be run by a trusted publisher.
  • Remote Signed: Any scripts created locally can run.
  • Unrestricted: Any script can run.

To configure an execution policy interactively, simply use the Set-ExecutionPolicy command followed by the name of the execution policy you wish to use. So to run the policy as unrestricted (e.g. while you’re in the midst of a deployment), you could run the following:
Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted
Once run, use the Get-ExecutionPolicy with no options to see... | Read more »

Wednesday March 26

12:36
Create and edit a contact.

In Contacts, tap  to pull up a new contact card. Enter the person’s info and tap Done.
To edit a contact, pull up the card and tap Edit. Make changes and tap Done to save.
To delete, tap Edit, then scroll down and tap Delete Contact.

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12:27
Browse your music library.

You can browse your music by playlist, artist, or other category. For other browse options, tap More. Tap any song to play it.
To rearrange the tabs in the Music app, tap More, then tap Edit and drag a button onto the one you want to replace.

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12:25
Create your own iTunes Radio station.

Tap New or New Station on the iTunes Radio screen. Tap to select a genre, or search for your favorite artist, song, or genre.
You can also create a station from the Now Playing screen in iTunes Radio by tapping  and selecting New Station from Artist or New Station from Song.
If you’re listening to a song from your music library, just tap Create.

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12:21
Edit your iTunes Radio stations.

You can edit iTunes Radio stations that you created. From the iTunes Radio screen, tap Edit and select the station you’d like to edit. You can include or exclude other artists, songs, or genres, or delete a station.
You can also influence upcoming songs from the Now Playing screen. Tap then tap Play More Like This or Never Play This Song.

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12:15
Edit a mailbox.

While viewing a list of messages, tap Edit. Select certain messages or tap Mark All, then:

Tap Mark to Flag, Mark as Read or Move to Junk
Tap Move to move selected messages into a mailbox
Tap Trash to move them to the trash

If you make a mistake, shake iPhone immediately to undo.

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12:12
Turn iPhone completely off.

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of your iPhone until the slider appears. Then drag the slider to turn your iPhone completely off.

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12:09
Use dictation instead of typing.

To dictate text anywhere you can type, tap on the keyboard, then speak. Tap Done when finished.
Tap  again to continue dictation.
You’ll need to speak punctuation to add it. For example, “I’m so excited exclamation mark.” You can even say “smiley” to insert a smiley face.
 

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12:01
Take a picture of your screen.

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of your iPhone, then immediately press and release the Home button.
The screenshot is added to the Camera Roll in the Photos app.

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11:58
Create an event in Calendar.

If you have an iCloud account, a Microsoft Exchange account, or a supported CalDAV account, you can send and receive meeting invitations.
Tap and enter your event details. To add invitees, type names, or tap to pick people from Contacts. Tap Done to create the event and send email notifications to the invitees.

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11:52
Adjust screen brightness with Control Center.

Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen to reveal Control Center.
Use the slider to adjust the brightness of the screen.

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11:49
See what's happening today.

Swipe down from the top edge of any iPhone screen to open Notification Center. 
Tap Today to see a summary of what you need to know for the day, including Calendar events, weather, birthdays and more. 
Swipe left or right to see more.

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11:46
Share a photo, video, or other item using AirDrop.

To share an item using AirDrop, tap Share or , then tap the name of the person you want to share with in the AirDrop panel.
They'll need to turn on AirDrop, and you must be within approximately 30 feet of the other iOS 7 device.

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11:44
View someone’s contact info in Messages.

To quickly view someone's contact info in Messages, tap Contact.

Tap to call that person or to use FaceTime
Tap to see the person’s complete contact info
If they're not already a contact, you can tap Create New Contact to add them.

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11:33
Delete an app.

To delete an app you downloaded from the App Store, touch and hold its icon on the Home screen until it starts to jiggle. Tap  to delete.
If you delete or drag all apps out of a folder, the folder is automatically deleted too. When finished, press the Home button.
Note: Deleting an app also deletes all of its data. You can redownload any app you’ve purchased from the App Store, free of charge. You can’t delete built-in apps.

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11:22
Arrange your apps.

Touch and hold any app on the Home screen until it jiggles, then move apps around by dragging them. 
Drag an app to the side of the screen to move it to another screen. 
Drag an app onto another app to create a folder. Tap the name field to give the folder a different name. 
Press the Home button to save your arrangement.

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11:20
Download and install app updates individually.

To individually download and install app updates, tap Updates. Tap Update All to download and install all available updates at once, or just tap Update next to the individual app you want to update.
Note: Apps update automatically over Wi-Fi, unless you turn off the option in Settings > iTunes & App Store.

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11:18
Redeem an iTunes Gift Card.

You can use your iTunes Gift Card in the iTunes Store, iBook Store, App Store and Mac App Store.
Tap Featured, scroll down and tap Redeem. Enter your Apple ID and password if you aren’t already signed in.
You can use your iPhone camera to read the code from the back of the iTunes Gift Card or enter it manually.
More: Apple Gift Cards

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10:54
Download a previously purchased app.

In App Store, tap Updates and then tap Purchased to display a list of all your purchased apps.
Tap Not on This iPhone to see apps available to be installed on your current device.
Tap to download and install the app.

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10:51
Erase your iPhone remotely.

If your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can erase it remotely. Sign in to Find My iPhone and select the device. Tap  to see your options.
Tap Erase iPhone. If your iPhone is online, remote erase begins within seconds. If your iPhone is offline, the erase will begin next time it’s online.
Note: If you erase your iPhone, you won't be able to use Find My iPhone to locate or protect it, but your Apple ID and password will be required to reactivate it. More: Find My iPhone overview

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10:49
Lock and track your iPhone remotely.

If you can’t find your iPhone, use Lost Mode right away to lock and track it. Sign in to Find My iPhone and select the device you want. Tap to see your options.
Tap Lost Mode and follow the onscreen instructions. iPhone locks immediately if it's online. If not, locking and tracking will take effect the next time it’s online.
More: Find My iPhone overview

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10:46
Play a sound on your iPhone.

If you think your lost iPhone is nearby, you can play a sound on it to help you find it. Sign in to Find My iPhone and select the device you want. Tap to see your options.
Tap Play Sound. If your iPhone is online, the sound plays immediately for two minutes. If it’s offline, the sound plays next time it’s online.
More: Find My iPhone overview

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10:43
Locate your iPhone on a map.

Go to icloud.com/find or download the free Find My iPhone app on another iOS device.
Sign in with the Apple ID you use with iCloud. Select the device you want to locate from the list. A green dot means it’s online, and a gray dot means it’s offline.
Note: To locate and protect your device, you need to have set up Find My iPhone before it was lost. More: Find My iPhone overview

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