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Windows Command-line Administrator's Pocket Consultant

ISBN: 0-7356-2038-5
Wanting to do something fundamentally different that it’s been done before turned out to be much harder than I ever thought and completely rewarding for you the reader I hope. You see there were plenty of books for Windows administrators and plenty of books for people who wanted to script Windows but no one had really sat down before and written an entire book on Windows administration from the command-line that was really focused on administration and not the commands themselves. So I hope the result of all the hard work is that this book is something unique. This isn’t the kind of command-line book that says here’s the Edit command you use this command to do this and this and here are its parameters. Sure there’s some of that—as there is any book for administrators—but rather than that being the focus this is a book that uses the command-line in the context of every day administration. It teaches you how to perform the daily administrative procedures and details how those procedures are implemented from the command-line. So whether you want to learn how to manage daily operations, track Windows performance, view the event logs, partition disks, configure TCP/IP or perform hundreds of others tasks, this book has the answers as they relate to the command line.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Windows administrators: The command line is your friend. Maybe those Unix/Linux types are on to something: you can be incredibly efficient from here. Especially with some help from this pocket-size book.

Want to schedule automated tasks? Query the registry? Start or stop a service? Use event triggers to automate monitoring? Examine a running process? Check disks for errors? Create and format partitions? Set dynamic IP addresses? William Stanek provides the command examples you need.

You’ll also find extensive coverage of Active Directory command line techniques: making directory queries, managing computer accounts, working with domain controllers, administering network printers, resetting user passwords, and more. For Win admins, this is indispensable.

Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for managing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP from the command line. Zero in on core command-line tools and techniques -- learning timesaving ways to extend your operational efficiency and reach over multiple domains and networks. With its quick-reference tables, lists, and step-by-step instructions, this book delivers the fast, accurate information you need to get the job done -- whether you're at your desk or in the field!

Table of Contents

Speed and ease of reference is an essential part of this hands-on guide. The book has an expanded table of contents and an extensive index for finding answers to problems quickly. Many other quick reference features have been added as well. These features include quick step-by-step instructions, lists, tables with fast facts, and extensive cross-references. The book is broken down into both parts and chapters. Each part contains an opening paragraph or two about the chapters contained in that part.

Part I, “Windows Command-Line Fundamentals,” covers the fundamental tasks you need for command-line administration. Chapter 1 provides an overview of command-line administration tools, techniques, and concepts. Chapter 2 is designed to help you get the most out of the command shell. It details techniques for starting up the command shell using parameters, how to control command path settings, what redirection techniques are available used, and how to use multiple commands in sequences. Chapter 3 discusses the essentials for creating command-line scripts. You’ll learn how to set variables, work with conditional controls and create procedures. Chapter 4 explains how to automate common administrative tasks using the command-line.

Microsoft Windows provides many command-line tools to help in the management of daily operations. Part II, “Windows Systems Administration from the Command-line,” discusses the core tools and techniques you’ll use to manage Windows systems. Chapter 5 discusses many of the key administration tools, including tools that help you gather system information, work with the Windows registry, configure Windows services, and shut down systems remotely. Chapter 6 examines tools that help you track information that is written to the Windows event logs, including warnings and errors. You’ll also learn how to write events to the system and application logs. In Chapter 7, you’ll learn about tools and techniques for monitoring applications, examining processes, and maintaining performance.

The book continues with Part III, “Windows Data Administration from the Command-Line.” Users depend on hard disk drives to store their word-processing documents, spreadsheets, and other types of data. If you’ve worked with Microsoft Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 for any length of time, you’ve probably used the Disk Management tool. The command-line counterpart of Disk Management is the disk partition utility (DiskPart). You can use DiskPart to handle most disk management tasks as well as to perform some additional tasks that cannot be performed in the GUI. Chapter 8 provides an introduction to DiskPart and also discusses FSUtil, CHKDSK and CHKNTFS. Chapter 9 discusses partitioning basic disks. Chapter 10 examines dynamic disks and how they are used. The chapter also examines implementing, managing and troubleshooting RAID.

In Part IV, “Windows Directory and Network Administration from the Command-Line,” focuses on the core commands you’ll use for configuring, managing, and troubleshooting Active Directory, print services, and TCP/IP networking. Chapter 11 discusses many of the key directory services administration tools, including tools that help you gather directory information. Chapter 12 examines tools that help you create and manage computer accounts in Active Directory. You’ll also learn how to configure domain controllers as global catalogs and operations masters. Chapter 13 completes the directory services discussion with a look at creating and managing accounts for users and groups in Active Directory. Chapter 14 examines network printing and print services. Chapter 15 discusses configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting TCP/IP networking from the command line.

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