Windows Server 2003 Utilities
Whenever I find the right Windows Server tool for the right job, I always get a satisfying glow. I particularly enjoy discovering a new utility that saves me time, ADSI Edit for interrogating LDAP properties, springs to mind. Other utilities come into their own in an emergency, NTDSutil and ESEutil are life savers in a disaster recovery situation. There again, I love old friends like, Ipconfig for checking IP configuration. However, in Windows 2003 they have new twists, such as Ipconfig -flushdns and in Vista Ipconfig -allcompartments
The most common fault when evaluating new tools is forgetting where they came from; take DCDIAG for an example, is it built-in? Or does it come in the resource kit. Actually its neither, you install it from the Windows Server 2003, Support tools folder.
One curiosity with these Windows utilities is that even amongst top techies, it’s a case of one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Few others rate cmdhere as highly as I do, whereas I have never really got on with diskpart or dsmod.
Sources of Windows Server 2003 Utilities
- ADSI Edit – Getting Started
- ADSI Edit – More Examples
- DCDiag – Domain Replication
- LDP – LDAP Search of you Domain
- NetDiag – Network Testing
- (Network Cables)
- Replmon – Directory Replication
- Windiff – Compare Files
Built-in Tools – Executables that come with the operating system.
- Authoritative Restore – Active Directory Restore (F8)
- CACLS – Modify Access Control Lists (ACL)
- Ipconfig, Ping
- Shutdown – Restart a remote machine
- Taskmanger – Check those server processes
- TCP/IP Suite
- ADModify – Microsoft’s PSS (Product Support Services)
- ExBPA (Exchange Best Practice Analyser)
- GPMC (Group Policy Management Console)
- Network Performance Monitor
- Free Real-time Network Traffic Analyzer
- Network Cables
- Free CatTools Device Backup Utility
- Permissions Monitor
SolarWinds have produced three Active Directory add-ons. These free utilities have been approved by Microsoft, and will help to manage your domain by:
- Seeking and zapping unwanted user accounts.
- Finding inactive computers.
- Bulk-importing new users. Give this AD utility a try, it’s free!