Execute PowerShell Script Automatically after Server Reboot

This PowerShell Script is very useful for my lab testing, and here is what it do

  1. Set the Time Zone, Rename the Computer Name, Configure the IP Address, Disable Windows Firewall and Enable Remote Desktop
  2. Restart by itself – Add a value to “HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\run”
  3. Once User login to the computer, it will automatically join to the AD Domain defined – I’m still exploring how to fully automate the script even without users login

Explanation of the Script

  1. Function.ps1 – Define all the functions here
  2. Startup.ps1 – Perform the tasks to Set Time Zone, Rename the Computer and etc and inset the joindomain.ps1 to “HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\run” at the end of the script to execute it once the server is rebooted with user login
  3. joindomain.ps1 – join the server to AD Domain and remove the Registry Key inserted in Step 2

Step to execute the script

  1. Copy the following script to a folder, like c:\temp\startup
  2. .\startup.ps1

I’m still studying and exploring some improvement on this area, and will update again on this soon.

#Registry Key to Run 
$RegRunKey ="HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\run"

#PowerShell PATH = C:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe
$PowershellPath = (Join-Path $env:windir "system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe")

#$MyInvocation is an automatic variable populated at script run time
$script = $myInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
$scriptPath = Split-Path -parent $script
#To load the path during runtime, and specify the PS Script to run after server reboot
$PowerShellScript = (Join-Path $scriptpath joinDomain.ps1)

$RegValue= "$PowershellPath $PowerShellScript"

function Change-Timezone {
#Change Time Zone - Singapore 
tzutil /s "Singapore Standard Time" #Set Timezone to UTC+8
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green "Setting the TimeZone to UTC+8"

function Change-ComputerName ([string] $NewComputerName){
#Get-Computer Name 
#(Get-CIMInstance CIM_ComputerSystem).Name - Get ComputerName 
Rename-Computer -NewName $NewComputerName
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green "Changed Computer Name to $NewComputerName" 

function Disable-Firewall {
#Disable Firewall 
Set-NetFirewallProfile -Name Domain, Private, Public -Enabled False
Get-NetFirewallProfile | Select Name, Enabled
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green "Disabled Firewall..."

function Change-IP ($IP, $DNS, $SubnetMask, $DefaultGateway){
#Change IP Address 
$adapter = Get-NetAdapter
$adapter | Set-DnsClientServerAddress -ServerAddresses $DNS
$adapter | New-NetIPAddress -AddressFamily IPv4 `
                            -IPAddress $IP `
                            -PrefixLength $SubnetMask `
                            -DefaultGateway $DefaultGateway

function Change-IPv4 {
#Change IPv4 as Default 
New-ItemProperty -path "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters\" -Name "DisabledComponents" -Value "0x20" -PropertyType DWord

function Enable-RemoteDesktop {
#Enable Remote Desktop Connection 
set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server'-name "fDenyTSConnections" -Value 0
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green "Enabled Remote Desktop...."


#To Add Registry Key 
function Set-RegistryKey {
New-ItemProperty -Path $RegRunKey -Name $RegName -Value $RegValue


#To remove the Registry Key 
function Remove-RegistryKey {
Remove-ItemProperty -Path $RegRunKey -Name $RegName 

#To load the function defined 
$script = $myInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
$scriptPath = Split-Path -parent $script

. (Join-Path $scriptpath functions.ps1)

#Startup Script For Windows 2012 R2  
$IP = ""
$DefaultGateway= "" 

Change-ComputerName ($NewComputerName)
Change-IP ($IP, $DNS, $SubnetMask, $DefaultGateway)


Restart-Computer -Force
#To load the function defined 
$script = $myInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
$scriptPath = Split-Path -parent $script

. (Join-Path $scriptpath functions.ps1)

$ADDomain = "MonsterBean"
$Password = "PASSWORD" | ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText -Force
$Credential=New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential($Admin,$Password)
$ComputerName = (Get-CIMInstance CIM_ComputerSystem).Name

#Join AD Domain 
Add-Computer -DomainName $ADDomain -Credential $Credential
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green "$ComputerName Joined to $ADDomain Successfully..."

#Remove the Registery in the RUN

Restart-Computer -Force