Wayne’s World of IT Revised

I've blogged in the past about Wayne Martin and his outstanding list of command line tips. These are one line commands, some complex some simple, that you can use to accomplish a wide range of task. The overall number of tips is to 425 and Wayne recently reorganized them into 7 categories to make it easier for people to digest. There's very little scripting with any of these commands. Most use native or freely available command line tools. But because they are executed from a command line you could incorporate them into a script. I encourage you to check them out.
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Techmentor: The San Francisco IT Treat

I finished up my slide decks for the first Techmentor conference of the year in San Francisco (March 30 - April 3). If you've never been to a Techmentor conference you're missing a great opportunity to hear and see your favorite IT speakers. Plus it's a lot of fun to meet your peers, swap war stories and even some strategy and tips. Here's what I have in store for you...
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Registry queries the easy way

Another topic that I’ve seen resurface in the forums I frequent is reading remote registries. If you know exactly what you’re looking for it doesn’t get any easier than using REG.EXE from the command line. Here’s how to use it and a batch file ready for you to use.
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I can name that OS in one note

At the recent Techmentor conference in Orlando, I did a few (popular) sessions on using automating with batch files and using the command line. One tool I talked about was WMIC, or the WMI command line interface. This is available on Windows XP and later. With this tool you can use WMI without having to know scripting or much about WMI. In fact, I can give you some WMIC commands to run that might be very helpful in your batch files.
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The Final Choice

Let’s wrap up our look at CHOICE.EXE and how to use it in batch files. I’ve shown you some basic examples but CHOICE has a few “advanced” features you might want to incorporate into your batch file.
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More fun with CHOICE

Let’s continue to look at CHOICE.EXE and how to use it in a batch file. Here’s what you might have for a command line menu system of common admin tasks:
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