%SystemRoot%\System32 secrets: BITSAdmin

Another deprecated friend of mine. But I still like it, really. First of all because I haven’t still found enough time to get acquainted with all that *-BITSTransfer PowerShell comandlets. Second… Well, there is nothing for the “second”, naturally =) But still – it is a great command and I’d like to make a tribute to it with this article, because it is AWESOME! It is soooo powerful! Even though I used it usually just to be sure I would download the file regardless of network loss or whatever, it can do much more. Download or upload, retry these tasks, … Continue reading %SystemRoot%\System32 secrets: BITSAdmin

%SystemRoot%\System32 secrets: BCDEdit

Ok, next item in our list is not to be actually very much used. Troubleshooting OS boot, creating some boot options, that’s it. But actually it is worth knowing about it. Nevertheless, what you can do with it can be quite awesome… If you need it =) For example, you can enable and configure EMS (Emergency Management Services) for any boot entry in your list. Or you can enable kernel debugging. Some wicked tongues tell that you can even arrange a dual boot with some other OS if you want. I’m going to check it one of these days… Someday … Continue reading %SystemRoot%\System32 secrets: BCDEdit

%SystemRoot%System32 Secrets: Auditpol

This command is very useful in case you need to fine-tune audit. For example you cannot set “Audit directory service changes” without setting “Audit directory service replication” using only GUI, because “There is no Windows interface tool available in Windows Server 2008 to view or set audit policy subcategories”. therefore, you need auditpol badly in case you need to set those subcategories. You also need it in order to script changes to or audit of SACL. You need it also to backup or restore those policies quickly (say you need to turn some auditing settings on for some time and … Continue reading %SystemRoot%System32 Secrets: Auditpol

%SystemRoot%System32 Secrets: Schtasks

After my previous post about AT command I received some feed back from people who obviously enough hadn’t read my post in its entirety =) The feedback stated that “AT is deprecated and is to be replaced with schtasks”. You bet I knew that! =) Nevertheless, schtasks is really more powerful and since my article touched more than one heart I decided to write next message not about auditpol, which is next in my alphabetical list of interesting apps in System32 folder, but about schtasks. Let’s begin. Schtasks Comparing to AT it is a huge advancement. Really, here are its … Continue reading %SystemRoot%System32 Secrets: Schtasks

%SystemRoot%System32 secrets

Remember my “Old good command line” series? I decided to continue. But now I will take interesting commands not from some fabulous site, but from inside my very own Windows 7. From the folder stated in the subject. Usually it is c:windowssystem32, but who knows what you’ve done to your innocent computer =,,) So, let the manuscript begin… The first command in the show is: at.exe Well, well, well… Look, who’s there. The command was considered as deprecated since Windows 2003 RTM, but it is still included into W7. While we have much more powerful schtasks (to be covered in … Continue reading %SystemRoot%System32 secrets