Tips and Tricks Vol. 4

Some of these may be repeats, but this is a pretty complete list of common tasks an administrator might need to do that either don’t have a well known command line tool or a tool at all. A few of these may not work in current builds, such as oclist, but should be in the…


Tips and Tricks Vol. 3

A short post this time around, with a couple of useful WMIC commands.   If you want to determine a file’s version, for instance to see if it was patched, you can use WMIC: wmic datafile where name=”d:\\windows\\system32\\ntdll.dll” get version   If you want to see what patches have been installed, WMIC will also show…


Server Core feedback

This post is going to be slightly different then my previous postings. Last week I was at ITForum presenting on Server Core. Towards the end of the week I also had a ChalkTalk/Q&A session where I answered questions as well as collected feedback on Server Core. I’m going to post my notes and ask that…


Tips and Tricks Vol 2

Since my October 6th posting was entitled tips and tricks vol 1, that means I have to post at least one more volume. Hopefully this won’t be the last tips and tricks posting.   Today’s item is changing the display resolution so you can run at a higher resolution then what you might have ended…


Some useful Server Core resources

This time around I have a list of resources that are useful when using Server Core.   Server Core specific: Server Core TechNet Forum: http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=582&SiteID=17 Server Core SDK: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/srvcore/srvcore/portal.asp   Resources for more information on performing tasks from the command line: Command-line reference A-Z: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=20331 Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC): http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/ea5d7f04-07e8-4b96-bda3-a2b2cc15391e1033.mspx?mfr=true If you are dual…


Tips and Tricks vol 1

This edition of the Server Core blog will include a couple of tips and tricks to make working with Server Core and the command line easier.   Time in Server Core This first one will be a flash back to the old MS-DOS days. Since Server Core doesn’t have the system tray, there is no…


More on Event Logs at the command line

This time around I’m going to spend some more time on working with Event Logs from the command line. I’ll cover some how to perform some common tasks using wevtutil.exe.   Enumerate Event Logs Wevtutil el – This command will list out a lot of logs but the main logs you’ll want to look at…


Managing Terminal Services in Server Core

Another couple of weeks has gone by, so time for me to say something else about Server Core. This week I’ll mention a few Terminal Services tips and tricks.   When using Terminal Services, without the GUI shell some common tasks require you to do things a little differently.   Logging off of a Terminal…


GUI in Server Core?

It is time for another installment of the Server Core blog. Based on today’s topic you may be able to guess that I’m scrounging for topics to cover. If anyone has suggestions, please send me email or post a comment and I’ll try to cover the topic in a future posting.   Some of you…


Windows Remote Shell and Server Core

Time for another installment about Server Core…..every two weeks seems about right. When new builds are released and there is more to discuss I’ll try to post more frequently.   Vista and Longhorn Server include the WS-Management protocol that was first introduced in Windows Server 2003 R2. Starting with Vista/Longhorn Beta 2, there is a…