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Handy console commands in Windows 2000 Server

Windows 2000 Server has an array of useful commands. Here are a few console commands that may be unfamiliar, or that you may want to reacquaint yourself with.

Here are a few Windows 2000 Server console commands that you may or may not be aware of:

  • CHKNTFS—Use this when you want to force a filesystem check on reboot. You can run a check, but it won't fix anything while the drive is root.
  • COLOR—Changes the colors used in the console. You can do this through the console properties, but you can add color to scripts with this command.
  • COMP—Compares two files or a range of files.
  • FC—Compares two files and tells you the differences.
  • CONVERT—Does what it says to drives except the root drive. This is helpful if you have a bunch of new drives and a hotswap bay.
  • FTYPE—Acting as the complete antithesis of what the Mac is about, this utility manages extension associations for Services For Macintosh (SFM) from the console.
  • HELP—Displays a list of most console commands.
  • MORE—No more /p to get a page at a time. Append this to any list command to do the job.
  • TREE—This creates a visual tree of the directory hierarchy in DOS.

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1 comments
blarman
blarman

Examples of use of these would be a nice finishing touch. Without them, this is a B-.

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