Managing Windows services from the command line

Everyone knows how to start or stop any specific service in Windows. Just use the Services GUI console.

However, what to do in a situation when you need to start or stop many services at once? In such situations, we could use a bit of the magic to perform the task from the command line.

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Additional MIBs in Mikrotik Dude

Mikrotik Dude is the NMS framework solution. It’s capable of monitoring any network device with SNMP support. The SNMP protocol (RFC1157 and other) is the public standard for network management. Therefore, Windows supports the SNMP protocol. You can check these posts about the SNMP feature or Dude monitoring.

In this post, I will show you how to add a few Microsoft MIB files into the Dude’s MIB repository. And this process is very simple. Even better; you can use the same process for any other device or service.

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How to integrate your Mikrotik router with Windows AD

Whether you need to authenticate your users for PPP or any other Mikrotik service, you can do that either through the internal database or using the external RADIUS server. On the other hand, your corporate users want to use one login for all network services.

Additionally, you can connect any Mikrotik device with your Windows AD.

Let’s make the magic!

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Manual update of Windows Server Core

Although without the GUI, Windows Server Core (from 2008 R2 onward) is the same platform as the GUI version. Therefore, we need to periodically update it.

Windows 7SP1 x64 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 share the same update base. All those hints and instructions already described in the posts about unofficial SP2, the update agent or any other update can be used here as well. Continue reading

Installing the VirtualBox integration in Windows Server Core

Periodically, I need to use the Windows Core version. Additionally, we need the integration package for our VM to unlock its full potential in the virtual environment. Luckily, this limited GUI will support such installation.

When you install Windows Server Core in Oracle VirtualBox, the default desktop resolution will be 1024 x 768 pixels and you can’t change it. In most cases, we need the largest possible display. However, the Core version is about the command line and even 800 x 600 will be fine. Continue reading

Activating the AHCI mode after installing Windows 7

A few months ago, I assembled one computer and installed Windows 7 on it. I also installed all necessary drivers and tools. Eventually, I discovered that I left the BIOS configuration of the disk controller in the IDE mode.

In such situation, my machine will be blocked at boot if I just try to change this option in the BIOS settings – Windows 7 will not recognize the boot device. In that situation usually I can either to revert this change back to the IDE mode or reinstall machine with enabled AHCI mode.

I opted for the third way – to enable the AHCI mode in running Windows 7. It’s a time for the magic and mighty tricks. Continue reading