Karl's Windows Admin Tips & Tricks:

January, 2011

January 31, 2011  3:21 PM

Continuously ping a host until it’s back up.

Posted by: Karl Gechlik

I find myself doing server installs and remote reboots a hundred times a day. How do you tell when your remote hosts are back up? I run a Ping command with a -a switch to continuously ping the host. When the host is back up you will start to see replies from the host. This is a huge time saver...

January 28, 2011  2:00 PM

Open Windows Services control panel from the command line.

Posted by: Karl Gechlik

We have all been in situations where we could not navigate through a damaged operating system. On all new Windows boxes you can hit Control + R to get the run menu and type in services.msc to bring it up. Hopefully this helps you as much as it helped me!

January 28, 2011  1:59 PM

Using W3 Total Cache for your WordPress blog.

Posted by: Karl Gechlik

I had a horrible incident this Tuesday when my own personal website www.asktheadmin.com got shut down for too much traffic. Normally this would not be an issue if you have a caching plugin installed. The way PHP works (the language Wordpress is programed in)...

January 27, 2011  4:29 PM

Using Google Apps for Your Domain.

Posted by: Karl Gechlik

I recently discovered that you can transfer your personal email to a Google for Domains account for free. You can have up to 50 users on your own domain name by pointing your MX record to Google email servers. You can then offer your users presence, email, shared documents and shared calendar....

January 27, 2011  4:25 PM

Follow up to the post on using system restore to combat a virus.

Posted by: Karl Gechlik

Since most malware will allow the system to run Internet Explorer, we have also had some success by changing the name of the file you want to run to iexplore.exe. Sometimes this will work even if the system won’t let you run any other executeables. Would be interesting to know if this would have...

January 27, 2011  4:01 PM

The best SSH tool for free.

Posted by: Karl Gechlik

I absolutely love PUTTY for Windows. It is my go to option for SSH, Serial and Telnet connections. You should check it out

January 24, 2011  10:18 PM

Check your Windows version quickly.

Posted by: Karl Gechlik

You can hit the run menu on any version of Windows and type 'winver' minus the ' on either side and you will see your version and build information quickly. This is a nice easy way to confirm home versus pro and other versions to see if you have access to features like remote desktop.

January 24, 2011  9:34 PM

What is your favorite remote support application?

Posted by: Karl Gechlik

Do you do support? Who out there doesn't nowadays right? So how do you support your users in the field? Do you use Teamviewer, VNC or Gotoassist? We would love to hear from you and then we will showcase some of your responses here on the blog!

January 19, 2011  3:31 PM

Reboot a server? Continually ping it until it comes back.

Posted by: Karl Gechlik

You can use this Windows command to ping a host continually so you can tell when the server has come back on line. Ping ipaddress -a This will keep pingging over and over again. Handy for those times you need the server as soon as it comes back up.

January 19, 2011  3:26 PM

Stop a Windows Shutdown in progress.

Posted by: Karl Gechlik

If you have a Windows Shutdown in progress and want to stop it simply open a command prompt and type shutdown -a. You can keep a shortcut to it on your desktop and label it Cancel Shutdown!. This has saved me many times and now it can save you as well!

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