Karl's Windows Admin Tips & Tricks:

Windows


July 26, 2011  1:04 PM

Comparing and syncing files and folders



Posted by: Karl Gechlik
Windows

I deal with a lot of migrating files and folders as we update our servers and network attached storage. In doing so I normally script xcopy or xxcopy to do the hard work. When I am complete how do I know that the files are the same? I can right click on the folders and compare the results. But I...

December 22, 2010  3:21 PM

Determine what those hex error codes mean from Exchange.



Posted by: Karl Gechlik
Windows

Determine error values from decimal and hexadecimal error codes in Microsoft Windows® operating systems. All you need to do is download this little small nifty tool from


November 22, 2010  5:50 PM

What is this small partition on my clean Windows 7 install?



Posted by: Karl Gechlik
Windows

After installing Windows 7 you might notice a small partition without a drive letter. Windows created it and you would not even know it was there if you didn't check you Drive manager! Well we found out that Windows did create it to store our the Boot Manager code and the Boot Configuration...


November 20, 2010  2:03 PM

Control your Windows PC from a Mac.



Posted by: Karl Gechlik
Windows

If you didn't know this - it will be a HUGE help to anyone supporting Windows Servers from a MAC envirnoment! You can use the Remote Desktop Protocol (MSTC.exe on the PC) using this application from Microsoft:


October 27, 2010  2:03 PM

To use solid state storage at the Windows desktop level or not?



Posted by: Karl Gechlik
ssd, Windows

I have been in love with SSD or solid state drives for several years now. As the prices drop it becomes more logical to include them in desktop purchases. I feel that it boosts the systems boot time and general responsiveness when using a SSD. Now does the price difference negate the performance...


October 25, 2010  10:04 AM

Backing up Active Directory



Posted by: Karl Gechlik
Windows

When it comes to backing up active directory it can be tricky to grab all components. We will show you below with information from the Microsoft website what needs to be backed up to...


September 16, 2010  9:48 AM

See what ports are in use by what application.



Posted by: Karl Gechlik
in use, port, port monitoring, Windows

If an application uses a port no other applications can use that same port. So how do you figure out what application is using the port you want to use? You can use the command line and type in this command: netstat -aon | more Or you can download an application created by...


September 15, 2010  12:44 PM

QuickLink Inforbar adds process information to the task manager.



Posted by: Karl Gechlik
processes, task manager, Windows

As many as 20 to 30 processes may be running invisibly, silently in the background on your PC. Some hog system resources, drastically slowing down your computer. Others are a threat to security and privacy. A few may be harmless.
The Windows Task Manager...


September 15, 2010  12:35 PM

Recover deleted AD objects and a security rant…



Posted by: Karl Gechlik
Windows

Hey there Windows Fans! Idon’t know if you know this but it is a VERY VERY bad thing to log into your workstations with your domain admin username and password. It is also VERY VERY bad to leave your servers logged into. Are you logging in...


September 9, 2010  12:54 PM

Syncing time with your Windows 2008 Domain Controller



Posted by: Karl Gechlik
Windows

We need to start by configuring your PDC Emulator to point to an external time source. By default the PDC emulator on your network is where your other domain machines will grab their time from. You can set the external time source on your by running this command at...


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