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@BanterBoy: - Explain what the script does and why it is useful.

@GitHub Copilot - The code is a PowerShell script that defines a function called Enable-RDPRemotely. This function enables Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) on one or more remote computers. The function takes a single parameter called $ComputerName, which is an array of strings that contains the names of the computers on which RDP should be enabled.

The function uses the foreach loop to iterate over each computer name in the $ComputerName array. For each computer, the function uses either the Get-CimInstance cmdlet or the Get-WmiObject cmdlet to retrieve the Win32_TerminalServiceSetting object that represents the RDP settings on the remote computer.

If the version of PowerShell is 6 or greater, the function uses the Get-CimInstance cmdlet to retrieve the Win32_TerminalServiceSetting object. Otherwise, it uses the Get-WmiObject cmdlet. Once the Win32_TerminalServiceSetting object is retrieved, the function calls the SetAllowTSConnections method on the object to enable RDP on the remote computer.

The SetAllowTSConnections method takes two arguments: AllowTSConnections and ModifyFirewallException. Both arguments are set to 1 to enable RDP and modify the firewall exception, respectively.

Finally, the function outputs a string that indicates whether RDP was successfully enabled on each remote computer.

To improve the code’s readability, the developer could add comments to explain the purpose of each section of the code. Additionally, the developer could use more descriptive variable names to make the code easier to understand. To improve the code’s performance, the developer could consider using the Invoke-Command cmdlet to run the RDP enabling code on multiple remote computers simultaneously.

@BanterBoy: - Can you provide examples for using the script

@GitHub Copilot - Sure! Here are a few examples of how you could use the Enable-RDPRemotely function:

Example 1: Enable RDP on a single remote computer

Enable-RDPRemotely -ComputerName 'RemoteComputer01'

This command enables RDP on a single remote computer named “RemoteComputer01”.

Example 2: Enable RDP on multiple remote computers

$Computers = 'RemoteComputer01', 'RemoteComputer02', 'RemoteComputer03'
Enable-RDPRemotely -ComputerName $Computers

This command enables RDP on three remote computers named “RemoteComputer01”, “RemoteComputer02”, and “RemoteComputer03”.

Example 3: Enable RDP on all computers in an Active Directory organizational unit

$Computers = Get-ADComputer -Filter * -SearchBase 'OU=Computers,DC=Contoso,DC=com' | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Name
Enable-RDPRemotely -ComputerName $Computers

This command retrieves all computers in the “Computers” organizational unit of the “Contoso.com” domain using the Get-ADComputer cmdlet, selects only the computer names using the Select-Object cmdlet, and then enables RDP on all of the computers using the Enable-RDPRemotely function.


function Enable-RDPRemotely {
    [CmdletBinding(DefaultParameterSetName = 'Default',
        ConfirmImpact = 'Medium',
        SupportsShouldProcess = $true,
        HelpUri = 'http://scripts.lukeleigh.com/')]
    [OutputType([string], ParameterSetName = 'Default')]
        [Parameter(ParameterSetName = 'Default',
            Mandatory = $false,
            ValueFromPipeline = $true,
            ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName = $true,
            ValueFromRemainingArguments = $true,
            HelpMessage = 'Enter the Name of the computer you would like to connect to.')]
    foreach ($Computer in $ComputerName) {
        # Enable RDP using CIM
        if ($PSVersionTable.PSVersion.Major -ge 6) {
            $Win32TerminalServiceSettings = Get-CimInstance -Namespace root/cimv2/TerminalServices -ClassName Win32_TerminalServiceSetting -ComputerName $Computer
            $Win32TerminalServiceSettings | Invoke-CimMethod -MethodName SetAllowTSConnections -Arguments @{AllowTSConnections = 1; ModifyFirewallException = 1 } -ComputerName $Computer
        # Enable RDP using CIM
        else {
            $tsobj = Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_TerminalServiceSetting -Namespace Root\CimV2\TerminalServices -ComputerName $Computer
            $tsobj.SetAllowTSConnections(1, 1)

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