The Blog Wrap-up For April 2011

Press a button–get the result Think before you pressed OK in gpedit. Or buy a piece of software which thinks for you. MVP–check! Yeah, again. Migrate scheduled tasks from 2003 to 2008 Easy way to move scheduled tasks from one host to other. %SystemRoot%\system32 secrets: Choice The utility of choice, sometimes. Myths #1: Number of previous logons to cache Popular mistakes, issue One Check your certificate status visually Another utility to use if you have many web sites with SSL certificates. BITS Transfer PowerShell cmdlets BITSAdmin is dead? Almost.

BITS Transfer PowerShell cmdlets

One friend of mine told me that I shouldn’t have spread knowledge about BITSAdmin command while there was the PowerShell cmdlets in place. Well, to some extent he is definitely right: 1) PowerShell is better self-documented. 2) It is waaaay easier to script with. 3) It is more simple to use in some basic situations like “just give me that darn file”. 4) Many people just like PoSh. So, the tasks I did in my post about BITSAdmin seems to be done in one command: Start-BitsTransfer –source <URL> –destination <PathToFile> but one need to do his homework better: Seems like … Continue reading BITS Transfer PowerShell cmdlets

Check your certificate status visually

Just another not bad tool. If you don’t have a wildcard certificate in use, probably you have many of them and in many places.Usually such kind of system is being monitored automatically with some system (OpsMgr, nagios, custom software), but sometimes you just need to get an overview of what’s happening right now. In this case you can use some report if you have one suitable, or write your own report, or use the following tool: VerifySSLSertificate.It’s small, robust and have just several but essential functions and settings. You can save and load a list of servers to check, save … Continue reading Check your certificate status visually

Myths #1: Number of previous logons to cache

You know, as an IT Pro I often meet some persistent myths about OS, protocols or whatever else. Sometimes these encounters become sooo frequent, that explaining these wrongs just bore  me to death. What’s even more amazing: these wrongs are explained usually on so many blogs, pages and other places that… Well, anyway, probably some people who know people who read my blog don’t read those blogs and pages, therefore I’ll try to show some more of these mistakes. Let’s begin from the very basic, but one of the most frequent mistakes about Group Policy. Yeah, the one which is … Continue reading Myths #1: Number of previous logons to cache

%SystemRoot%\system32 secrets: Choice

We won’t assess the next three commands – chglogon, chgport and chguser – because they are all replaced by change. Therefore the next candidate in the race is choice While not being helpful alone it could be useful in batch scripts. Those can be actually very powerful, still I like PowerShell more because it allows me to do stupid things faster and of more quality. But just in case you want to do some *.bat files with not linear logic depending on a user’s input, you can use it. For example, you can ask something like this: =))) Moreover, you … Continue reading %SystemRoot%\system32 secrets: Choice

Migrate scheduled tasks from 2003 to 2008

Well, the time has come for me to learn at last syntax for schtasks what I was reluctant to do. Some time you have to migrate a task or a bunch of them from one computer to another. In my case it was even more “interesting” task: migrate some tasks from Windows Server 2003 box to Windows 2008 R2. If you have only one it is no problem to move it manually, but what if there are many of them? Here it is: the moment of schtasks’ triumph! =) What it can do for us is to export 2003’s tasks … Continue reading Migrate scheduled tasks from 2003 to 2008


  Just clean forgot: I was re-nominated at the 1st of April. I hope you think it is well-earned award and I also will do my best to not disappoint you. =)

Press a button–get the result

Do you know at which moment exactly does your GPO apply really? When you switch the radio button to “Enabled”? Or when you close a GPO console? I’ve been wondering about it for some time (but of course I was to lazy to test it myself 😉 ), but some time ago, while being on a training I asked a trainer and we conducted experiment on spot, because he didn’t know it either. During the experiment we got proof that the settings you change are implemented as soon as you press the “OK” or “Apply” button with this particular setting. … Continue reading Press a button–get the result