Force machine to look for available Windows Updates
wuauclt.exe /detectnow /resetauthorization /reportnow /updatenow
Mount a network share to a drive
net use X: \\server\sharename
View RDP sessions of a remote server
net use \\220.127.116.11\ipc$ qwinsta /server:18.104.22.168
Force logoff of remote user
where "1" is the ID the session id from qwinsta above (also works to "unstick" a console session sometimes)
rwinsta 1 /server:22.214.171.124
net statistics server
net stop "Service Name" sc delete "Service Name"
View all network shares with their paths on a local machine
Reset Network Interface
netsh interface set interface "local area connection" disabled & netsh interface set interface "local area connection" enabled
Recover Administrator Password
- Boot from Windows PE or Windows RE and access the command prompt.
- Find the drive letter of the partition where Windows is installed. In Vista and Windows XP, it is usually C:, in Windows 7, it is D: in most cases because the first partition contains Startup Repair. To find the drive letter, type C: (or D:, respectively) and search for the Windows folder. Note that Windows PE (RE) usually resides on X:.
- Type the following command (replace “c:” with the correct drive letter if Windows is not located on C:):
copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\
This creates a copy of sethc.exe to restore later.
- Type this command to replace sethc.exe with cmd.exe:
copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
- Reboot your computer and start the Windows installation where you forgot the administrator password.
- After you see the logon screen, press the SHIFT key five times.
- You should see a command prompt where you can enter the following command to reset the Windows password (see screenshot above):
net user you_user_name new_password
If you don’t know your user name, just type net user to list the available user names.
- You can now log on with the new password.
I recommend that you replace sethc.exe with the copy you stored in the root folder of your system drive in step 3. For this, you have to boot up again with Windows PE or RE because you can’t replace system files while the Windows installation is online. Then you have to enter this command:
copy /y c:\sethc.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
List Available Perfmon Counters
Remotely reboot a machine
net use \\[host]\IPC$ [password] /user:[local administrator] shutdown /r /m \\[host]
Can't browse all machines on a network
In server 2008 R2, the 'computer browser' service is disabled by default. If you enable this service on your WINS server, all your client machines should be able to browse the network.