Category Archives: Automation

Using runbooks interactively in PowerApps (Build your own app in < 10 minutes!)

Mostly, the users of my PowerShell scripts are themselves PowerShell users. Sometimes though, the audience is less tech-savvy. In this blog post (with my first EVER video tutorial!) I’ll show you how to give your users a super user friendly interface to your scripts: Microsoft PowerApps.

You’ll need a PowerApps trial or license to follow this tutorial.

When you use the Azure AD group that was created to publish your app to when it is ready for distribution, your users will automatically be granted the correct permissions in Azure to start a runbook, as PowerApps does not use its own identity when interacting with connectors, it impersonates the user identity.

The source code for the runbook is:

Param(
    [String]$searchParameter
)

$uri = "https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/forums/searchpage/tab/message?advanced=false&amp;allow_punctuation=false&amp;q=$searchParameter"

Start-Sleep -s 2

Write-Output "Runbook started, searching for $searchParameter..."

$res = Invoke-WebRequest -Uri $uri -UseBasicParsing -Method GET -ErrorAction Stop

Start-Sleep -s 2

Write-Output "found some results, analyzing...."

$firstHit = $res.Links | where-object {$_.outerHTML -like "*lia-link-navigation*" -and $_.href -like "/t5/*"} | select href -First 1 -ExpandProperty href
$firstHit = "https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/$firstHit"

Start-Sleep -s 2

Write-Output "Retrieving first 100 characters of first result..."

$res = Invoke-WebRequest -Uri $firstHit -UseBasicParsing -Method GET -ErrorAction Stop
$excerpt = $res.Content.Substring(($res.Content.IndexOf("class=`"lia-message-body-content`"")+64),100) -Replace('<[^>]+>','')

Start-Sleep -s 2

Write-Output "Result:"
Write-Output $excerpt
write-Output ""
write-Output ""
write-Output ""
write-Output "source: $firstHit"

The app screen’s OnStart property’s function is:

Set(runbookOutput,Blank());Set(runbookJobId,Blank());Set(runbookActive,false);Set(runbookResult,Blank())

The search button’s function is:

Set(runbookResult,Blank());Set(runbookOutput,Blank());Set(runbookJobId,Blank());Set(runbookActive,true);Set(runbookJobId,'new-searchQuery'.Run(TextInput2.Text).jobid)

The status label’s function is:

If(IsBlank(runbookResult) && runbookActive = false," ",If(runbookActive,"Please wait for job to complete…",Concatenate("Job result: ",runbookResult)))

The timer OnTimerStart function is:

If(runbookActive && Len(runbookJobId) > 5,Set(runbookOutput,'get-searchQueryOutput'.Run(runbookJobId).joboutput))

The timer OnTimerEnd function is:

If(runbookActive && Len(runbookJobId) > 5,Set(runbookResult,'get-searchQueryStatus'.Run(runbookJobId).jobstatus));If(runbookResult = "Completed" Or runbookResult = "Suspended" Or runbookResult = "Stopped",Set(runbookActive,false));

Exporting ALL file info in O365 (Sharepoint, Teams, Onedrive, Groups)

For a recent customer case, we needed a meta-data export of ALL files in the entire O365 tenant, filenames, dates, modifications, sizes and unique ID’s.

It is tricky to actually get everything (Teams especially) and to handle any MFA you may (SHOULD!!) have configured on your admin accounts, but here you are:

https://gitlab.com/Lieben/assortedFunctions/blob/master/export-allO365FilesToCsv.ps1

Note that your admin account does have to have permissions on all sources the script identifies.

Max Path Length in Sharepoint Online, Onedrive for Business and Teams

Many Office 365 clients (and especially Excel) really don’t like long paths. The older the client, the worse the issues.

To find files over a certain path length in Office 365, I wrote a script a while back. This required manual perusal of the results and manual correction of the issues.

The new version of my script now features fully automatic discovery, a flexible editor and automatic correction of paths based on what you entered into the editor.

Correcting path lengths in Sharepoint Online, Onedrive for Business and Microsoft Teams

You can get the PowerShell script / editor from my git repository here.

Many thanks to CTS in their help me designing and testing this script!

How to use

  1. download the script and save it somewhere
  2. Copy the desired Sharepoint Library into a new Sharepoint Library and/or site
  3. Run the script only for that site or library by specifying the -specificSiteUrls or specificDocumentLibraries parameter
  4. do some corrections, commit them, check the results
  5. If satisfied, set permissions for your admin account on the actual production locations your wish to fix (script for Onedrive Mass Permissions here)
  6. Ensure no users have open files in the library
  7. Remove any non-standard characters from folder names (see script source, example code at the top)
  8. Run

Disclaimer

  • Please make sure you TEST this on a copy of your document library/sites before using the ‘commit’ option.
  • Use at your own risk.
  • I recommend turning on the Universal Audit log before usage.

Azure update management error

For those googling this error in the Update Management console in Azure:

System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80240438): Exception from HRESULT: 0x80240438    at Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Mom.Modules.ChangeTracking.WUA.IUpdateSearcher2.EndSearch(ISearchJob searchJob)    at Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Advisor.PatchManagement.WindowsUpdateHelper.GetUpdateSnapshot(TimeSpan timeout, Boolean onlineSearch, DateTime lastTimeUpdateApplied, IAutomaticUpdates2 automaticUpdates, UpdateModuleState state)

Fix: Exempt the server from group policies (or alternative solutions) that configure Windows Update. GPO’s override Azure Update Management and block the Azure agent from searching for updates.

Ultimate folder redirection for Onedrive, Teams and Sharepoint

In the post-Onedrivemapper era where we have Files On Demand, there is still room for improvement in client side configuration of Onedrive for Business. Onedrive Known Folders isn’t up to par yet, doesn’t support any customization and there are situations where I want to be able to redirect local folders to other places than Onedrive like Teams or Sharepoint.

Therefore I present to you “Invoke-O4BAutoMount“; the ultimate Onedrive/Sharepoint/Teams sync and redirect solution in modern workplace scenario’s, no WebDav, just the NSG Onedrive Client and native Intune Management Extension:

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