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Windows NT : Tools and Tasks

The Zero Administration Kit

The Zero Administration Kit contains some useful free tools: Floplock - This tool prevents use of the floppy disk drive (even after rebooting) with a Discretionary Access Control List (DACL). If this service is configured to start automatically, only administrators and power users can access the floppy disk drive on...

Setting up a remote administration workstation

A common sense rule to be aware of is the importance of not sitting at the server to perform administrative tasks (even though Windows NT seems to encourage that very thing by installing all the admin tools at the server). It's much safer to administer your server from an Windows...

Basic scripting techniques

Command scripts are ASCII text files that contain a group of NT commands. Command scripts can help you automate administrative tasks, such as creating users or shares or running a backup. If you're new to scripting, here are a few things to keep in mind as you get into it:...

Searching for network shares with NET VIEW

You can use the NET VIEW command-line utility to display a list of a computer's network shares. However, if a server or workstation has several or perhaps even dozens of shares, the list may scroll off your screen. Obviously, you can prevent the list from scrolling by piping the list...

Using the FOR command for repetitive tasks

You can use the Windows NT command shell's FOR command for numerous repetitive tasks, from creating a directory on every one of your Windows NT servers to simple housekeeping. Let's look at a fairly simple application of the FOR command's text-parsing capability to perform some administrative tasks. To use FOR...

Command-line cool tricks

Sometimes the old way is the best way, and using the command line is certainly an old but good trick. But what do you do, while working at the prompt of yesteryear, when you need to print a text file? How do you print the file without leaving the command...

Command-line happy!

Here's a cool shortcut for the command-line happy. In the registry, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor and add or modify the value CompletionChar of data type REG_DWORD with a data value of 9. The data value (9) is the ASCII value for the [Tab] key (but you can easily change it...

How to shut down an errant process

We most frequently think of using Task Manager to shut down an errant process via the Process tab. But if you have a UNIX background or just simply like to work from the command line, two Windows NT Resource Kit utilities can show you a new way. The first step...

Copy and paste in a command window

There are three ways to copy and paste the contents of a command window: Maximize the command window by pressing [Alt]+[Enter] and then press [Print Screen] to copy the screen to memory. You can paste that screen into a Windows application by opening the application and pressing [Ctrl]+V. Right-click the...

Redirecting the command shell's standard output

Windodows NT command shell commands and most command console applications (such as those found in the Windows NT Server Resource Kit) output ANSI character data that the command shell displays as text on your screen. This text output is also known as standard output, and you can capture it to...

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