Category: Windows

Useful Server 2016 (Core) Commands

Basic At boot, a cmd.exe window will open, type powershell and hit enter. You should now see a ‘PS’ before the path To return to cmd simply type cmd and hit enter. This will drop you back into cmd, and you will not see the ‘PS’ before the path Logoff logoff Restart restart-computer Shutdown stop-computer…


Windows Defender Vulnerability CVE-2017-0290

Ensure Window Defender is disabled Open cmd.exe Run sc query “windefend” Check “state”, you should see “1 STOPPED” If not stopped, run sc config “windefend” start= disabled sc stop “windefend”


HowTo: Seize FSMO roles

Log on to a working DC Open Powershell with Admin privileges Enter the following command to seize all roles Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity “Target-DC” -OperationMasterRole 0,1,2,3,4 Run the following command to confirm all roles have been seized. You should see the “Target-DC” as now holding all roles. netdom query fsmo


HowTo: Remove a dead DC from the domain

**Warning** ntdsutil is a powerful and unforgiving tool. Be sure you know exactly what operations it will be performing before you proceed. You will also want to confirm that the DC you’re removing no longer holds any FSMO roles before proceeding. Overview This guide will show you how to manually remove a Domain Controller (DC) that…


HowTo: Log On To Office 365 Using PowerShell

Overview Run this PowerShell script to log on to Office 365 Exchange Management Shell and MSOL. When run, the script will prompt you to enter your Office 365 credentials, then connect to both services. Prerequisites Download and install Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant for IT Professionals BETA http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39267 Download and install Windows Azure Active Directory…


HowTo: License a single VMware ESXi host

Overview ESXi registration is free, although the steps to getting a license key are not necessarily straight-forward. You will need to register a free account with VMware in order to get a license key. Get a license key 1. Log on to VMware.com and register and account. The current link is:https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/registration2. Log in using your…


QuickStart: System File Checker tool for Windows

Overview The System File Checker tool (SFC) calculates a hash for each Windows system file, and compares it with the hash from the original system file. An un-modified version of all system files are kept in the Winsxs folder in Windows Vista and later. In Windows XP and earlier, you must use an OS CD…


HowTo: Backup/Synchronize files and folders using SyncToy

Overview SyncToy is a free application from Microsoft. It can be very useful for keeping two folders identical between user accounts, across network drives, or for backup purposes. It does not have as many features as a full, commercial backup application, but it can be useful for light-duty backup and sync.  Download and Install You…


Free Windows Utilities

7-Zip – File Compression Unpack almost any formatHigh compression ratioAES-256 EncryptionShell integration http://www.7-zip.org/download.html  AVG Free – Anti-Virus Virus and spyware protectionhttp://free.avg.com/us-en/free-antivirus-download  Audacity – Audio Editor and Recorder Records audio, edits multiple formats such as Ogg, Vorbis, MP3, WAV and AIFFhttp://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/  CCleaner – Optimization and Cleaning Cleans registry and temporary fileshttp://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard  DAEMON Tools Lite – Optical…


Vista Startup Programs

To make a program start when Windows starts, drag the icon to the “startup” folder. 1. Select desktop icon. 2. Drag icon to start “orb.” wait. 3. Drag icon to “All Programs” menu. wait. 4. Drag icon to “Startup” folder. release.