Feb 082014
 

Filters drivers can sometimes cause performance issues and other bad things to happen on a server.  The quickest and easiest way you can figure out what filters drivers are running is by using the fltmc.exe command.  This command works on several versions of the Microsoft Windows operating systems.

1.  Open up a PowerShell or cmd window with administrative privileges.

2. Run fltmc without any switches to get a current list of active filter drivers.

fltmc.exe example

Below is a quick screenshot the switches that are available for the fltmc.exe command.

fltmc switches

Jan 142014
 

You can quickly find you yourself in a position where there is no GUI installed on a Windows Sever.   One of the most common tasks as an admin is to change a password for a user account.  This can actually be done quickly and easily through the command line.

Steps To Complete

1.  Log onto the server as administrator.

2.  Launch a command prompt with administrator privileges.

3. Enter the following command: net user user_name * /domain.

Note: The asterisk in step three will cause a prompt for the password so you don’t type it in pain text.

Example: Changing password for snadmin.

netusercommand

Jan 202012
 

Sysinternals is still has some of the best administrations tools out there.  They continue to updated on a continued basis thanks to Mark Russinovich.  The latest update included updates to CoreInfo and Process Explorer.  Check out the links below for more information on Sysinternals.

Process Explorer

Process Explorer

Sysinternals Main Site
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals

Sysinternals Download Site
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb842062

 Mark Russinovich Blog
http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2012/01/05/3473797.aspx

Mark Russinovich’s Upcoming Events
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963883