Monday, July 26, 2010

Finding instances of BitLocker

Was responding to a forum question today about finding what workstations are running BitLocker. Following is a script that does just that:
Found this posting very helpful for the PacketPrivacy.
In this example I am specifically looking for computers running Windows 7.
$w = [wmi]''          
$w.PSBase.Scope.Options.Authentication = 'PacketPrivacy'

Get-QADComputer -OSName 'Windows 7*' | Select-Object Name | `
Foreach {
Get-WmiObject -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue `
-Namespace 'root\cimv2\Security\MicrosoftVolumeEncryption' `
-Impersonation 'impersonate' `
-Authentication $w.PSBase.Scope.Options.Authentication `
-Class win32_EncryptableVolume `
-ComputerName $_.Name | Select __Server, DriveLetter


Friday, July 23, 2010


I am so close to reaching the second level in Project Euler (need 50, I am at 48). Most of the problems that I have solved have been via Python, however, I am occasionally able to use PowerShell. A few of the problems ask to find lattice points within a circle.

What is a lattice point? - Think of a lattice point as an intersection on a grid. So if you had a circle with radius 1, there would be 5 lattice points: (-1,0), (0,1), (0,-1), (1,0) and (0,0).
Following is a PowerShell function that will get the number of lattice points for a given radius:

function Get-LatticePoints ([int]$radius)       
$count = 0
$x = -$radius
while ($x -le $radius)
$y = -$radius
While ($y -le $radius)
if($x*$x + $y*$y -le $radius*$radius)
return $count

for($i=1;$i -le 100;$i+=1) {
"Index: {0}`tLatticePoints: {1}" -f $i, (Get-LatticePoints $i)
I forsee using this function in a couple of the Euler problems.