Category : Programming

PowerShell Programming

AppCrash-Analysis-Suite

AppCrash-Analysis-Suite is a bunch of scripts that will help you to:

    • Enable creation of crash dumps on clients or servers
    • Forward event log entry each time an application crash dump was generated
    • Triggering a PowerShell script that will collect the crash dump to a central server
    • A PowerShell script for automatically analyzing the application crash dump using Windows Debugger

Download:
https://github.com/michaelmiklis/AppCrash-Analysis-Suite (GitHub Repository)

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Docker Programming

RPi-Monitor Docker container

I’ve been using RPI-Monitor from RPi-Experiences several years on all my Raspberry Pis. I think it is a great Web-UI to get a quick view of the overall system state of your Raspberry Pi:

On my way to put most of my Linux / RPi services into individual docker containers, I came across my RPi-Monitor installation. There were several images available on Docker Hub but they had either no DOCKERFILE published or they did not use the values and metrics from the actual docker host.

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NetAtmo Programming

Netatmo Weather Station Shell Script

Update (2019-03-14): Netatmo changed their login process on Mar 7th 2019 – the download link below refers to the updated script on my GitHub page.

I got a lot of feedback for my blog post Read NetAtmo weather station data via Script and Export NetAtmo weather station data to CSV / Excel. A lot of people seem to be interested by using the data from thier Netatmo weather station.

Bernd G. – one of my blog readers, extended my scripts and build a complete Linux shell wrapper around it. That makes it much easier and adds more flexibility to the scripts. Bernd allowed me to post his script on my blog to share it.

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PowerShell Programming Windows

Change DNS settings on multiple Windows Servers and Workstations

During several Active Directory migration projects I needed to change the DNS server IP addresses on several computers if the DNS service was installed on the Active Directory Domain Controller. Therefore I wrote a little PowerShell script to connect to remote computer and change the DNS server IP address in the network connection via WMI to the onces specified in the script.

This makes changing the IP address of a DNS server much easier because all Windows systems based on Windows Server 2008 / Vista or newer can be edited by using this PowerShell script.

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Programming Synology

Edit Synology Photo Station Album Permissions via Script

I’m using Synology Photo Station for storing all my pictures and share access to all family members. Being an IT-Guy I’m very concerned about security and especially the access rights to all albums. Unfortunately, Synology marks a new album always as public. Instructing my family to set the correct album permissions didn’t work because they’re normal users and they don’t want to do any settings for albums. They just want to access and upload their photos.

Synology Photo Station Permissions

At this point, I decided to have a look on the Postgres SQL Database that is being used

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PowerShell Programming

Update environment variables in current process

Currently, I’m involved in a huge PowerShell based deployment project for one of our major customers. The whole deployment process including several WPF-based GUIs are written in PowerShell. This week we had a new issue to fix regarding environment variables. First of all some background knowledge about environment variables in Windows.

Environment Variables are stored inside the registry and each process will read them from the registry and store the variables in its own environment. Each new process (called sub-process) that will be started from another process will inherit the environment variables from its parent process.
The problem will be if the parent process starts several sub-processes and each of them will subsequently change / expand environment variables like the %PATH% variable. Sub-Process #2 is not aware of the changes Sub-Process #1 made to the environment variables.

To work around this issue, I wrote a small PowerShell function which utilizes .NET Framework Methods to re-read the environment variables and store them for the current process:

#####################################################################
##
## (C) 2015 Michael Miklis (michaelmiklis.de)
##
##
## Filename:      Update-Environment.ps1
##
## Version:       1.0
##
## Release:       Final
##
## Requirements:  -none-
##
## Description:   Refresh the current environment variables
##
## This script is provided 'AS-IS'.  The author does not provide
## any guarantee or warranty, stated or implied.  Use at your own
## risk. You are free to reproduce, copy & modify the code, but
## please give the author credit.
##
####################################################################
Set-PSDebug -Strict
set-strictMode -version latest

function Update-Environment {
    <#
    .SYNOPSIS
    Refresh all environment variables

    .DESCRIPTION
    Reads all environement variables from registry for scope user and machine
    and updates the current process environment variables
        
    .EXAMPLE
    Update-Environment
    #>


    # first update the environment variables from the machine scope
    $ENV_MACHINE = ([Environment]::GetEnvironmentVariables('Machine'))
    foreach ($EnvVar in $ENV_MACHINE.keys) {
        Set-Item "Env:$($EnvVar)" -Value $ENV_MACHINE[$EnvVar]
    }

    # second update the environment variables from the user scope
    $ENV_USER = ([Environment]::GetEnvironmentVariables('User'))
    foreach ($EnvVar in $ENV_USER.keys) {
        Set-Item "Env:$($EnvVar)" -Value $ENV_USER[$EnvVar]
    }

    # now Update the Path variable (path variable gets
    # combined by User:Path and Machine:Path
    # User:Path has precedence over Machine:Path
    if ($ENV_USER.ContainsKey('Path')) {
        Set-Item env:Path -Value ((($ENV_USER.Path -split ";") + ($ENV_MACHINE.Path -split ";") | select -Unique) -join ";")
    }

}

#_____________________________________________________________________________________________

#call Update-Environment() function
Update-Environment

We’ve added the function to our framework – this will be the first function that we’re calling after every external process (Start-Process), we’ve started.

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Mac OS X Programming

Evernote Backup using Apple Script

Today I’ve created a small Apple Script to export all my Evernote notes into a folder and compress the notes to a tar.gz archive for storing on my NAS. Feel free to use this script and customize for your own environment.

[UPDATE] Fixed an issued causing the export to fail if empty notebooks are present. Thanks to Darryl for the solution in the comments.

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NetAtmo Programming

Read NetAtmo weather station data via Script

Update (2019-03-14): Netatmo changed their login process on Mar 7th 2019 – the script below is the updated version also using the new getstationsdata API endpoint.

Based on the feedback for my previous blog post Export NetAtmo weather station data to CSV / Excel I created a small script to get the module, device ID, temperature, humidity and also all sensor data from your NetAtmo weather station and modules.

NetAtmo_JSON_JQ

This scripts also uses curl to login to the web page and then download the device data using the NetAtmo Web API. This script will return all the information in JSON format.

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NetAtmo Programming Synology

Export NetAtmo weather station data to CSV / Excel

Update (2019-03-14): Netatmo changed their login process on Mar 7th 2019 – the download link below refers to the updated script on my GitHub page.

I’m a proud owner of a NetAtmo weather station for a couple of months and I think it’s the best wheater station with a great user experience you can get:

NetAtmo_Dashboard

Some days ago I noticed the option in the web dashboard to export all my weather data into a comma-separated (CSV) or Microsoft Excel file. That’s a great feature for archiving your measured data….but wait – how could this be done in an automated way?

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Programming System Center

SCCM 2012 Extension: Remove a Computer from all Collections

Recently one of our customers wanted to have an extension for his Microsoft System Center Configuration Management 2012 Console to be able to remove a computer from all collections to which it was assigned to.

This was truly my first scripting and programming job regarding SSCM 2012. I did a little research on google and figured out how to do this. And this is how it looks like:

Miklis-SCCM-Extensions

There are two main components:

  • A script or application which will do the work
  • A XML file which actually adds the script or application to the context menu

The XML file needs to be placed in the following folder:
[SCCM-Directory]AdminUIXmlStorageExtensionsActions7ba8bf44-2344-4035-bdb4-16630291dcf6

The script or application can be put anywhere you want – you’ll only need to modify the path within the XML file:

SCCM-Extension-XML
 
 

DOWNLOAD
Miklis-SCCM-Extensions.zip
 

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