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## What is WinRM?

WinRM, for those of you not in the know, is really the Microsoft answer to an age-old problem in the Windows world–remote command and task execution.  It’s the Windows equivalent of the Unix rsh, a native implementation of the PsExec (albeit, with the added complexity that seeps into nearly all Microsoft technologies). … [ Continue reading ]

Client

## Boot from VHD is Wicked Awesome

Boot from VHD is a great technology that enables you to host multiple self-contained operating systems on a single hard drive. Similar to dual-booting, but you don’t have to worry about installing applications over each other or overwriting program file updates because your secondary OS is fully contained within a single virtual hard disk file. … [ Continue reading ]

Information

## Using LDIFDE and CSVDE to find computers in Active Directory

LDIFDE is an oldie-but-goodie tool for finding specific information in Active Directory. If you know the name of the attribute that contains the data you’re looking for, you can construct a pretty powerful query.

For example, you can search for all computers in the Active Directory domain mydomain.com:… [ Continue reading ]

Information

## Rebuild a Corrupt WMI Repository

From time to time, many administrators have found themselves faced with a corrupt WMI repository. Here’s a quick fix. Copy/paste into a .bat file and run on the affected computer.

NET STOP WINMGMT /y

RD /S /Q C:\Windows\system32\wbem\Repository

FOR %%i in (%windir%\system32\wbem\*.dll)
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Configuration

## Using WinDbg for Quick Memory Dump Analysis

Blue screens are no fun. Trying to resolve them without the proper tools can be even less fun.

In my experience, a large percentage of blue screens are the result of some poorly-tested or incompatible third-party device drivers.… [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

## If I Could Turn Back Win32Time

For anyone who manages an Active Directory environment, you’ve undoubtedly come to understand the need for keeping time in sync. In short, you won’t be able to log in if the local computer time has more than 5 minutes difference than the logon server.… [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

## Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Lots of programs on the internet will claim to “erase your tracks” on your Windows-based computer. Well, you don’t need to waste your money. Windows XP and later come with a built-in utility, that when used correctly, will overwrite the free space on your hard drive with ones and zeroes.… [ Continue reading ]