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 262014

Another great show from the Defrag Team.  Check out the below notes from their website on what this show is all about.  Don’t forget there are a allot of other great shows on Channel 9 Website.  Please leave a comment below on what shows you enjoy watching on a weekly basis.  I am always looking for new people to follow to gain more knowledge.


Source: Defrag Show Webiste

Our last show in the makeshift studio, next week we’ll be back in the Channel 9’s Studio A. Microsoft tech troubleshooter extraordinaire Gov Maharaj and I help walk you through troubleshooting solutions to your tech support problems. If you have a problem you want to send us, you can use the Problem Step Recorder in Windows 7 (see this for details on how) and send us the zip file to DefragShow@microsoft.com. We will also be checking comments for problems, but the email address will let us contact you if needed.

[00:55] – Netlogon will not start.
[03:10] – Got message “The Microsoft iSCSI service is not running.”
[04:50] – Question about liquid in a HDD from a Meijer video.
[06:47] – How a ransomware file might act when SkyDrive sync’d.
[10:25] – Remoting with IPv6 with a IPv4 client.
[13:28] – Encrypting a MicroSD card on Surface 2 (not Pro).
[14:12] – Where is the best place to report Windows bugs.
[14:58] – Getting the most out of RAM and CPU.
[18:47] – Graphics driver hosed, how to get to Safe Mode.
[20:05] – Flash games freezing computer.
[21:40] – Pick of the Week: CES videos with Gavin.


Other Great Resources To Learn:

Microsoft Virtual Academy
Microsoft TechNet
Ask Premier Field Engineering (PFE)
The Scripting Guy

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.