How to Cheat at Windows System Administration Using Command Line Scripts,
Edition 1
By Pawan K Bhardwaj

Publication Date: 25 Nov 2006
How to Cheat at Windows Systems Administrators using Command Line Scripts teaches system administrators hundreds of powerful, time-saving tips for automating daily system administration tasks using Windows command line scripts.

With every new version of Windows, Microsoft is trying to ease the administration jobs by adding more and more layers of graphical user interface (GUI) or configuration wizards (dialog boxes). While these ‘wizards’ are interactive and make the administrator’s job easier, they are not always the most convenient and efficient way to accomplish the everyday administration tasks. These wizards are time consuming and, at times, may seem a bit confusing. The purpose of the book is to teach administrators how to use command-line scripts to complete everyday administration jobs, solve recurring network problems and at the same time improve their efficiency.

Key Features

  • Provides system administrators with hundreds of tips, tricks, and scripts to complete administration tasks more quickly and efficiently.
  • No direct competition for a core tool for Windows administrators.
  • Builds on success of other books in the series including How to Cheat at Managing Windows Small Business Server 2003 and How to Cheat at Managing Microsoft Operations Manager 2005.
About the author
By Pawan K Bhardwaj, (MCSE, MCP+I, CCNA, A+) a consultant and technical trainer
Table of Contents

Lead Author

Technical Editor and Reviewer

Contributing Authors

Companion Web Site


Part I: Getting Started with Command Line

Chapter 1: Basics of the Command Line


Basics of the Windows Command Shell

Starting the Windows Command Shell

Internal Commands for the Command Shell

Command History

Accessing the Windows Command Reference

Installing Windows Support Tools


Chapter 2: Using Batch Files


Working Safely with the Command Line

Configuring the Command Path

Using Command Redirection

Using Groups of Commands

Creating Batch Files

Batch File Parameters


Chapter 3: Managing Scheduled Tasks


Scheduling Tasks

The Task Scheduler Service

Configuring the Properties of the Task Scheduler Service

Managing Tasks Using the Task Scheduler

The schtasks Command-Line Utility

Managing Tasks with schtasks


Part II: Basic Windows Administration

Chapter 4: Managing Files and Directories


Using Wildcards in Commands

File and Folder Attributes

Basic File and Folder Operations

Duplicating and Comparing Disks

Directory-Specific Commands


Chapter 5: Maintaining Hard Disks


Physical and Logical Disks

Understanding Basic and Dynamic Disks

Supported File Systems

Converting File Systems


Chapter 6: Managing Hard Disks with the Diskpart Utility


The Diskpart Utility

Diskpart Commands

Scripting with Diskpart

Obtaining Volume Information

Managing Dynamic Volumes

Managing Fault-Tolerant Volumes


Part III: Managing Windows Systems and Printers

Chapter 7: System Services, Drivers, and the Registry


Obtaining System Information

Shutting Down and Restarting the System

Managing System Services

Obtaining Driver Information

Managing the Windows Registry


Chapter 8: Monitoring System Events, Processes, and Performance


Managing Event Logs from the Command Line

Creating New Events

Working with Event Triggers

Viewing Logged Events

Monitoring Application Processes and Tasks

Using Filters with the TaskList and TaskKill Commands

Working with System Performance


Chapter 9: Managing Printing Services


Working with Printer Commands

Installing a Local Printer

Configuring and Renaming Printers

Managing Printer Drivers

Deleting All Printer Drivers from a Computer

Creating and Configuring TCP/IP Printer Ports

Managing Print Queues and Print Jobs


Part IV: Working with Active Directory

Chapter 10: Overview of Directory Services Commands


Getting Started with DS Commands

Types of Objects for DS Commands

Querying the Directory Database with DSQuery

Adding New Objects with DSAdd

Displaying Object Properties with DSGet

Modifying Objects with DSMod

Moving and Renaming Objects with DSMove

Deleting Directory Objects with DSRm


Chapter 11: Managing Active Directory Users, Groups, and Computers


Managing User Accounts

Managing Group Accounts

Managing Computer Accounts

Managing Domain Controller Accounts


Part V: Windows Networking

Chapter 12: Basic TCP/IP Networking Commands


Overview of the Net Commands

Starting and Stopping TCP/IP Services

Troubleshooting Commands for TCP/IP

Commands for Remote Computers


Chapter 13: Administering Network Services


Overview of the NETSH Commands

NETSH Commands for Troubleshooting

Managing Interfaces with NETSH

Managing Interface IP WINS Settings

Managing Automatic Addressing Using DHCP Services

NETSH Commands for AAAA


MS-DOS Commands Not Supported in Windows XP and Windows 2003


Book details
ISBN: 9781597491051
Page Count: 400
Retail Price : £32.99
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