Disable windows 10 non enterprise store tab’s

With the new Windows Store for Business, organizations can make volume purchases of Windows apps. The Store for Business provides app purchases based on organizational identity, flexible distribution options, and the ability to reclaim or re-use licenses. Organizations can also use the Store for Business to create a private store for their employees that includes apps from the Store, as well private Line-of-Business (LOB) apps. Continue reading Disable windows 10 non enterprise store tab’s

Import thumbnailphoto in AD from jpg

The script below will import Jpg file as a thumbnail photo in Active Directory

$username = "p01001"
$jpgfile = "C:\PICTURE.jpg"

$dom = [System.DirectoryServices.ActiveDirectory.Domain]::GetCurrentDomain()
$root = $dom.GetDirectoryEntry()
$search = [System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher]$root
$search.Filter = "(&(objectclass=user)(objectcategory=person)(samAccountName=$username))"
$result = $search.FindOne()
if ($result -ne $null) {
 $user = $result.GetDirectoryEntry()
 [byte[]]$jpg = Get-Content $jpgfile -encoding byte
 $user.put("thumbnailPhoto",  $jpg )
 Write-Host $user.displayname "updated"
}celse {
  Write-Host $user "Does not exist"


Creating and using Password Hashes and Secure Strings with Powershell

This is how you can generate a Secure String with powershell and use it in your scripts

secureString = Read-Host -AsSecureString
ConvertFrom-SecureString $secureString | out-file c:\temp\encrypted.txt
$newString = gc C:\temp\encrypted.txt | ConvertTo-SecureString

Load the Secure string from file and use it in your script:

$securePassword = Get-Content c:\temp\encrypted.txt | ConvertTo-SecureString

How to uninstall with msiexec using product id guid

You can find the product code by perusing the registry from this base key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstall . Press F3 and search for your product name. (If it’s a 32-bit installer on a 64-bit machine, it might be under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstall instead).

Finally, you can find the product code also by using PowerShell:

get-wmiobject Win32_Product | Format-Table IdentifyingNumber, Name

when you found the Guid ID you can use msiexec to uninstall the application

msiexec /x {A4BFF20C-A21E-4720-88E5-79D5A5AEB2E8}


Unlocking ConfigMgr Objects

here is what you need to do when you get the error blow in SCCM2012 console:
“Cannot edit the object, which is in use by ‘’ at Site ‘’.”

This happened as the result of the ConfigMgr console crashing while he had the object open.

To resolve this issue connect with sql management studio to the SQL server where the database is running and then execute the code below:

 select * from SEDO_LockState where LockStateID <> 0

The query above will get you a list of possible locks on the dB, with the code below you can remove the lock:

DELETE from SEDO_LockState where LockID = ‘<LockID of the record identified in the previous query>’

Once the record is removed, you should be able to modify the object.