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.


Sep 152013

I posted previously how to install .net 3.5 framework on server 2102 from the GUI.  With my current emphasis to do more and more from PowerShell I wanted to figure out how to do it from command line.   Here is a quick tutorial on how to do it from the command line.  There are only two steps to complete the process so it is pretty simple and quick.  Please leave comments below if you have found the quick tutorial helpful.

1. Open a PowerShell or command window with administrator privileges.

2. Type in the following command: DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:d:\sources\sxs