Delprof Alternative

So I wrote this ugly code quite some time ago. Since I have seen a few new posts in the script gallery with versions I figured I should at least post a version of what I had done a few years ago and re-used recently. Situations like shared computers and RDS can have a computer looking ragged with local profiles created on login and then not touched again. This causes capacity issues but can also cause performance issues. There used to be a utility called delprof which was great but even if it were around why not script it right?

Function clean-localprofiles {
    Param (
        [Parameter(Position = 0)]
        [int]$Days = 30,
        [string]$rptFile = "somefile name here"
        "---- Internal RDS Profile Monitor Start {0}" -f (get-date -f "MM/dd/yy hh:mm") | out-file $rptFile -Append
        Write-Warning "Filtering for user profiles older than $Days days"
        $profs = Get-CimInstance win32_userprofile -ComputerName computer1, computer2  |
        Where { $_.LastUseTime -lt $(Get-Date).Date.AddDays(- $days) -AND $_.SID.Length -gt 8 -AND $_.Loaded -eq $False }
        ForEach ($obj in $profs) {
            $uname = $obj.LocalPath.Split("\") | select -Last 1
            "Removing profile for {0} from {1} which was last used {2}" -f $uname, $obj.pscomputername, $obj.LastUseTime |
            out-file $rptFile -Append
            Try {
                Remove-CimInstance -InputObject $obj -ComputerName $obj.pscomputername
            Catch {
                "Unable to remove profile" | out-file $rptFile -Append
        # Complete
        "---- Internal RDS Profile Monitor Complete {0}" -f (get-date -f "MM/dd/yy hh:mm") |
            out-file $rptFile -Append

That’s about it. I updated the process from WMI to CIM (where possible) and tweaked based on changes to Powershell but relatively unchanged. Yeah checked my OneDrive, first script was dated in 2012…

Powershell Here

Remember the Power Toys where you could add open prompt here? Did you know there is an even easier way?

Navigating the file system isn’t that hard in the Powershell CLI to start with considering tab completion and all of that but there is an even easier way….

In your file explorer window type powershell in the address bar. A new Powershell window will start and as the included video a simple get-location will show your working directory is same as the explorer window you launched powershell from. It may look different than what you expect when starting the Powershell CLI but you can change that with the window’s defaults settings.


A quick example (video) here.

Stop loading iTunes

Yeah I am an iPhone user these days. No I don’t need to have the software installed but I installed it. Now when I plug my phone in, just to charge, stupid iTunes loaded. I have a ton of windows open pushing my laptop to the max so sometimes clicking on the x to close the window just doesn’t work… my new favorite one-liner is now…

(Get-Process -Name iTunes).Kill()

So of course I took this and added it to my profile.ps1

function kill-itunes
    param ()
    (Get-Process -Name itunes).Kill()


Very handy

mukesh notes

This PowerShell script can be used to download some of the common cloud (Azure and AWS) management tools available on Windows Platform.

Earlier I had seen Download and Install SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites on Windows Server 2012.  However this technet script uses Start-BitsTransfer cmdlet from BitsTransfer module. I was toying with similar idea while working on my last workshop (Cloud Automation Using PowerShell) preparation. Since some of the URLs do redirect the Start-BitsTransfer wasn’t working for me initially.

I started with simple Invoke-WebRequest cmdlet and added second variation to handle redirected URLs and pass it to Start-BitsTransfer. So let’s go through the script and output for the both the approaches.

I am using Downloads directory to store the files. For demo I have created CloudTools folder inside. I already have AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell downloaded in the folder.


I am already into the working directory where the script is saved.

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