Welcome back for another episode of the ABC's of NSM.  What's NSM you say?  We'll go with Network and System Management, but you could throw Security in there as well.  We'll work our way through the alphabet over abc_2_4the next several weeks looking at  tools and concepts along the way for all the administrators out    there.   By the way, you can thank Joe for the format & Don for the title  (I  couldn't for the life of me come up with one.)

Today's letter S is for Sysinternals.  Acquired by Microsoft back in 2006, Sysinternals is a massive suite of tools to help admins and users alike achieve a great many things with a few less mouse clicks.  OK, a lot less.  A few of my life savers:

  • AdRestore - Recovers Active Directory objects you might have accidentally deleted
  • Autoruns - Comprehensive tabbed listing of all the auto-starting programs, whether they're in your startup folder or buried in the registry.
  • Process Explorer - Displays which files, registry keys, libraries, etc, belong to which process and who owns that process.
  • PsKill - process killer that can be executed remotely.  I picked this one up recently after venting about my Windows Task Manager headaches on Twitter.
  • PsPasswd - Change the password of a local or domain account.  Mass change to the local admin account on sixty machines in one command recently.  Nice.

These are just the tip of the iceberg.  I highly encourage a trip out to Microsoft to download and get familiar with Sysinternals.  You will not be sorry.


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