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

Sep 292010

Its amazing how quickly we can forget small options in operating systems that we no longer normally use.  I came across one example tonight when working on an XP machine for a friend.  I had to do the song and dance of removing the old hard drive from the computer and putting it in an external drive.  I then hooked up to their old XP machine and quickly realized I did not have a security tab under folder properties.  This was essential in order to change security on the files in order to copy them over.  It took me a little bit to remember the below steps in XP to make the security tab visible on a home machine.

1.  Launch Windows Explorer
2.  Open up folder options under the tools on the menu bar.
3.  Click on the view tab.
4.  Under advanced settings uncheck “use simple file sharing (recommended).
5.  Click OK.

There is one last very important piece of information that you might over look.  In order to see the security tab you also have to be logged into the machine with administrator privileges.