Powershell: Remove a Folder from every Home Directory


I had to remove a folder from every home directory. So I thought this is a nice thing to do with Powershell.

So I created the Remove-Folder function to do this for me :-).

The function will go through the following steps:

The begin part will browse to all the folders within the E:\users and export the full path to a CSV file. The path will look like this: E:\users\username\test\foldername.

In the process part it will remove all the folders which are saved in the CSV file.

Warning: The folders will be removed without a warning. So be sure you want to do this!!

function Remove-Folder{

        Get-Childitem $path -Recurse `
        | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq $folder } `
        | Select FullName `
        | Export-Csv -NoTypeInformation "$env:temp\remove.csv"
        $import = Import-Csv "$env:temp\remove.csv"
        foreach($folder in $import){
            Remove-Item $folder.FullName -Recurse -Force
    Remove-Item "$env:temp\remove.csv"

You can use the function with the following command:

Remove-Folder E:\users foldername

Via the following one-liner, you can validate the removal job:

Get-Childitem E:\users -Recurse `
| Where-Object { $_.Name -eq "foldername" } `
| Select FullName `
| Export-Csv -NoTypeInformation "$env:temp\remove.csv" 

Open the remove.csv file to verify the changes.


Script: Defrag all Local VMDK’s.


De volgende function zoekt eerst alle *.VMX bestanden op en vervangt daarna de extentie *.VMX naar *.VMDK. Deze *.VMDK bestanden worden in de $List geplaatst. Daarna worden alle VMDK’s gedefragmenteerd via de vmware-vdiskmanager.exe.

function Defrag-allVMDKs{
$vdiskmanager = “C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmware-vdiskmanager.exe”
$parameter = “-d”
$List = get-childitem $path -recurse | where {$_.extension -eq “.vmx”} |
foreach-object -process { $_.FullName } | ForEach-Object {$_ -replace “.vmx”, “.vmdk”}
ForEach($vmdk in $List)
echo $vmdk
& $vdiskmanager $parameter $vmdk

Via het volgende commando kun de bovenstaande function gebruiken.

Defrag-allVMDKs <drive>\<path>

Als je dit in de Shell uitvoerd ziet het er als volgt uit: