Renaming remote Windows computer using the command line

Whether you need to rename a local or remote Windows computer, you can perform that task in multiple ways. We all know how to do that using the GUI. Here is the mighty Jedi trick to do the same task from the command line. And from your workstation, too. Continue reading

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Reading file details on the Windows Core system

If you want to view a file details in Windows with GUI, you need to right-click on the file in Explorer, select Properties from the context menu and then click on the Details tab. Easy.

Can you do the same task using only the command line? With a little magic and a few mighty tricks you can do that, too.

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Reading system parameters using WMIC

A few months ago, I had a need to find the serial numbers on a few servers. This number is printed in small size letters either on a tag or sticker placed on the computer case. In most cases, that sticker isn’t visible without extracting the server from the rack. Too much hassle!

Luckily, virtually every brand name machine has its serial number inside the system’s BIOS. We just need access to that information. So, the information is there, but we can’t read it easily. The answer is to use WMI.

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You can’t update the updated driver

I regularly update my laptop. In addition to the Windows update site, I like to periodically check either the manufacturer’s site of the laptop or the component manufacturer’s site. I like to optimize my computer at the most. I have to unleash the full potential of each piece of hardware. Virtualization is a tough job.

On the manufacturer’s site, I can find drivers for chipset, video adapter, RAID controller, etc. These drivers are the latest versions published by vendor. Often they are newer than drivers in the Windows archives. Continue reading

Changing SID of cloned VMs

The fastest way to build a larger virtual environment (either test or production), is to install one VM and then clone it. This process is not the same for every environment. Additionally, it depends on the mechanism of the VM cloning process.

Additionally, every computer in the AD domain has its own identification. This identification is not its name. The computer name is useful for us. Moreover, this identifier must be unique.

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Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming

One of the biggest improvements in Windows Server 2012 is a feature of NIC teaming. At first glance, it is not a big deal; NIC teaming exists for years. Yes, there is a teaming feature, but not on all systems. Additionally, we can make such teaming only between NICs of the same brand and often the same model.

With Windows Server 2012 and later, we can make a team of any NICs in the system. Even more, NICs may have different speeds. Also, we can make more than one team in the same server.

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Changing IP address using the command line

There is no doubt that all of you, my readers, can set a static IP address on any Windows machine. It’s so easy task. However, I’ve got a trick question – can you quickly change the IP address? What’s more, can you perform this operation on multiple computers in a short time?

Yes, you can do that manually. However, doing this manually we can make a mistake. You can become bored or simply type a wrong number. Great way to make a havoc.

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