ToolTip: Collection Commander

Collection Commander Hey there, today I’d like to talk about an awesome tool called Collection Commander. If you’re working with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager you probably know Client Center. Now Client Center is also a very cool tool, but it only allows you to work on one client. Collection Commander allows you to do things on multiple clients at the same time. Oh and before I forget, Collection Commander is created by System Center Read More …

ToolTip: System Sherlock Lite

Came across a nice FREE standalone utility called System Sherlock developed.by zetConsultants System Sherlock allows you to take snapshot of the file system and registry and compare the changes. You can run the GUI or command line version. The command line version can come in handy when you want to integrate a before/after snapshot into a script. The tools is easy to use. First define what you want to include into the snapshot and define Read More …

ToolTip: DirCreator

Are you an Administrator tired of manually creating folder structures for new projects? Then DirCreator is just what you need. DirCreator is an enterprise-proven tool to automatically generate structured, template-based directory structures, along with groups, members and ACLs. You can either create a template from scratch or create a template based on an existing folder structure. For this demonstration I first create a template folder structure on my home lab data share. \\server01\data\Projects I also Read More …

Detect SSD and Advanced Format Disk on HP Notebooks

In case you’re looking for a command-line tool that detects the presence of an SSD (Solid State Drive) or whether the hard disk uses advanced disk format then here’s a nice utility from HP called the HP Advance Format Check tool. Note that the tool only works on HP notebooks. A list of supported models can be found here The software can be downloaded from the HP Software and Drivers website and includes a 32 Read More …

ToolTip: FindUninstallString

‘FindUninstallString’ is a utility program that searches through the Registry and displays a list of programs that have an uninstall command. It’s FREE and does not require installation. More details and download from here

ToolTip: .NET Version Detector

Curious about what .NET versions you have installed? Here’s a nice small FREE standalone utility that tells you what .NET versions are included by default within what Windows operating system version and what versions you have actually installed on your client / server. .NET Version Detector can be downloaded from here

ToolTip Diagnostic Tool for the WSUS Agent

If you’re looking for a more advanced version of the WSUS Client Diagnostic Tool then have a look at the Diagnostic Tool for the WSUS Agent provided by Solarwinds. As for most of the Tools I mention on this blog, it’s FREE. Here are the highlights: The Diagnostic Tool runs on x64 and x86 systems Additional validation tests on key configuration options, such as syntax checking on the WSUS URL, and validating the installed version Read More …

ToolTip: Microsoft Download Manager

If you’re looking for a simple to use Download Manager, have a look at the Microsoft Download Manager. It does not have that many specialized features as many other download managers out there, but it’s a nice FREE and simple to use tool. You must install the software, but it only uses about 1.3 MB. The Microsoft Download Manager can be downloaded from here

ToolTip: Port Listener

Today I want to share with you a nice FREE tool I’ve just used recently while troubleshooting some networking issues on one of our customers network. The problem I had was that I couldn’t get my backend infrastructure talk to the client and vise versa. To keep this post generic I won’t use any products name, but both the backend and client that has an agent require that some ports are open in either one Read More …

Script for finding Executables that are command-line programs

I recently came across a FREE utility called IsCommandLineApp from Helge Klein,  a little command-line tool that can be used to determine whether a specific executable is a command-line program. To run this against multiple executables manually is a kind of a pain, so I decided to write a PowerShell script that runs IsCommandLineapp against a defined Folder and all it’s subfolders. To run the script, first download the IsCommandLineApp from here and then edit Read More …