Powershell for printer creation, with bonus feature.

Hey, the Finn here again with another random post.
A client reached out to me since they are in the process of switching print servers. They have a lot of printers, to say the least. They are all managed manually and they felt that they would like avoid the hassle of creating all the print queues manually on the new server. Powershell to the rescue!

They gave me a list with desired things that the script should do. I might have over delivered on that, but I like Powershell. It’s freaking awesome for so many things in Windows and beyond.

So, let’s have a look at what I did. Script full of comments for explanation ofc and split in regions for easy reading.

Since we will be dealing with installing printer ports, printers and DNS-records, I figured it might be a good idea to check that the script is “run as admin” or just end it right there.

Once that is out of the way we need to establish some customer specific variables such as the input file (CSV), the DNS server name, the zone in which to create the record and lastly the template printer that we want to use for custom settings.

After the initial variables now defined and checked by the script, we can move on to creating the actual functions that do stuff. So first we create the DNS-record.

This requires the DNSServer RSAT module to be installed on the machine running the script and you will not be able to run at all if that is missing since the script actually checks for that as well. However, this is really easy with Windows 10. Just run this powershell command: Add-WindowsCapability -Name Rsat.Dns.Tools~~~~ -Online and you are all set.

For the next portion of the script, we’ll need to create the network port on which the printer resides. We’ll get som in-data from the CSV that we utilize here. We’ll do a try/catch approach. Also, we will try to create the printer itself right after. Log to screen and file if something goes wrong.

Now, we have the printer created and ready to go. Now we will set the permissions on it from the template printer and also any other settings that are presented in XML from the originating printer.

That would be the last step in this excercise of the functions. Now, onto the trigger of the whole thing.

We do some basic checks before kicking things off. Making sure that there is a template printer, that we have the necessary powershell modules we need and also that the input-csv actually exists, before doing anything else.

Lastly we store the variables as arguments to send to the different functions and voilá, the script is done.

Feel free to comment all of my mistakes.

Windows Admin Center certificate

Hey there. The Finn here with another little quick update. This time on Windows Admin Center and certificates.
You are using Windows Admin Center, right? It’s good stuff. You like good stuff, right?

Self-signed is the default option, but man is that an ugly way to go.
Here is how you update your Windows Admin Center certificate without any third party tool.
Open up Powershell, run dir cert:\localmachine\my to get a list of installed certificates.
Copy the thumbprint for the certificate you want to use.

Then we will check for the application ID that WAC uses and the port it is bound to (Default is 6515) with netsh http show sslcert

Once we have the new thumbprint and the appid, we can go ahead and delete the existing certificate binding, again with netsh http delete sslcert= (or the port you are using)

An finally we can bind the new certificate to the WAC port.

And that is all there is to it. However… I saw a retweet from my MVP friend Andy Syrewicze who linked to a colleague of his who wrote a little handy tool that does this switch-a-roo as well.
You can find that tool here: https://etechgoodness.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/announcing-windows-admin-center-certificate-selector/