The SysInternals suite has a number of great tools, but one you might not have used before is BGInfo, which you can use to customize the server wallpaper so you can see at a glance what server specs there are.
If you have ever added multiple IP addresses to a single Windows server, going through the graphical interface is an incredible pain as each IP must be added manually, each in a new dialog box. Here's a simple solution.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/sguploads/thumbnails/sshot-2011-01-24-1-02-50-27.jpg" />Your Firefox profile houses some pretty important stuff such as bookmarks, saved passwords and preferences which would be quite inconvenient to lose. As with any valuable data, your Firefox profile should be backed up regularly.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/sguploads/thumbnails/sshot-2010-11-16-1-12-32-46.jpg" />Any system administrator who spends a good bit of time in the command prompt or batch scripts is probably well aware of built in environment variables Windows offers (i.e. Path, WinDir, ProgramFiles, UserProfile, etc.). If you find yourself using a particular value over and over, wouldn't it be great if you had your own variable which you can use the same way as the built in values?
We have previously covered how to set up a PPTP VPN Server using Debian Linux here on Sysadmin Geek, however if you are already utilizing a DD-WRT firmware based router in your network then you can easily configure your router to act as the PPTP VPN Server.
<img style="border-bottom: 0px;border-left: 0px;border-top: 0px;border-right: 0px" border="0" alt="image" src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/sguploads/2010/09/image_thumb.png" width="617" height="56">Windows XP/Server 2003 introduced us to the SchTasks command line tool which usurped the At tool offered in Windows 2000. This tool offers the ability to control every aspect of your Scheduled Tasks through calls to this command.
A very useful function which is missing from the Windows library of command line tools is the ability to replace text in plain text files. Here's how to do it with a simple script.
Common system and/or environmental events such as resuming from standby or losing network connection can cause problems for certain applications which expect to be always on and connected.
If you run a Windows Server which takes advantage of the built in DNS Server, you have a nice graphical interface for viewing and managing your DNS records. However, the vast majority of the time you probably just look at these records as opposed to updating them.