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

%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

%System%\System32 secrets: change

Another old-timer here. I cannot remember when I last used it, but I guess it still can be useful in a number of situations. For example I used to use it to install new software on a terminal server or to cease users logins to it. Now I usually don’t touch terminal servers and as far as I know they have other means to complete these tasks. Anyway, Windows 2003 is still in place and we still have the command around. It can the following:   Change logon setting: we can turn new logons to the TS. Just change logon … Continue reading %System%\System32 secrets: change

%SystemRoot%\System32 Secrets: certreq

The next two candidates for the series from System32 folder were bootcfg and cacls (I’m going through them alphabetically). But they are deprecated and, what’s important too, I’ve managed to learn theirs new variants. Moreover, I’ve already described BCDEdit, which is a successor to bootcfg (and I’ve managed to learn how to use the new one ;)). Therefore I’m skipping these two commands and go straight to certreq command. So, certreq. It is more for advanced admin use, then for general user. But still it is good to remember of it… Just in case you need to: create new request … Continue reading %SystemRoot%\System32 Secrets: certreq

%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: AzMan

To be honest, I had been thinking of it as of some unneeded tool for quite a long time before I had a close look on the console and its abilities. I was wrong. It is really powerful instrument to manage or delegate permissions for an application. It is as powerful that I’m only teasing you in this article, before creating one or more big articles about it. Imagine, you need a person to have a full control over some Hyper-V virtual machine, including the right to delete it, but the only thing he or she is not to do … Continue reading %SystemRoot%System32 Secrets: AzMan

%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