Tag: windows

Command to open folder in explorer from same location.

Trick to open a GUI folder from command prompt.

In order to to open a GUI folder from command prompt and list all its content you may just enter the command start followed by a period as shown below:


VICE-VERSA: Similarly, if you wish to open a command prompt from a GUI folder, you can shift-right-click on a desired folder and select “Open command window here”. This should take you to the command prompt.


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Non-compliant with MS Patches using SCCM

Non-compliant with MS Patches

Found few servers to be non-compliant from the patching team. When checked, found that the patches were getting failed when deployed using SCCM. This issues was fixed by renaming the folder named “SoftwareDistribution” located in C:\Windows\. Further to this found that the service named “Windows Modules Installer” was disabled. Changed it to manual. Now the SCCM pop-up and view updates in Control Panel were populated.


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Generate list of hotfixes and patches installed.

Was in need to get the list of hotfix and patches installed on windows server including installation date, user, etc. Finally, got to know about the command that can fetch the required details and in a very neat format.

wmic qfe list full /format:htable > hotfixes.html


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Please wait for the Windows Modules Installer.

One of my windows 2008 didn’t come after reboot. Upon checking the console, saw a message stating “Please wait for the Windows Modules Installer.”. Had to bring up the server at the earliest. It took about an hour, tried reset but server was getting back on to same page. Application team was eagerly waiting for it to come back. Started looking for alternative methods to bring it up.

When checking server was pinging and able to shared folders. Hence, connected to the server from services.msc using the option “Connect to another computer..”

Disabled “Windows Module Installer” service and restarted the server.

Bang, server was back on its home page.



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PowerShell for Administrators – Coming Soon

PowerShell essentials for administrators coming soon on WintelAdmin to help with your daily operations.

Stay Tuned…..


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IBM DB2 error SQL5005C during server startup.

Upon windows server hosting DB2 reboot you will get an error message “SQL5005C”. This actually refers to “The operation failed because the database manager failed to access either the database manager configuration file or the database configuration file.” This is due to DB2 database utility (such as db2start, db2icrt, restore, or many others) requires that the database manager write to or read from either the database manager configuration file or the database configuration file, and the database manager was unable to access the configuration file.

This is fixed by performing the below steps:

1. Log in to the machine as system administrator.
2. Remove the db2systray by performing the following steps:
a. Windows Start –> All Programs –> IBM DB2 –> Command Line Tools –> Command Window Administrator.
b. db2systray -clean
3. Log off and log in to the machine.


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Ping multiple server and display IP with status.

This script will ping multiple server available in servers.txt and display IP with status.
Copy below contents and save as filename.vbs and create a servers.txt will all server names one per line.


Const ForReading = 1
Set objFSO = CreateObject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”)
Set objShell = CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)
If not objFSO.FileExists(“servers.txt”) THEN
wscript.echo “Please create a file named ‘servers.txt’ with one PC name to be pinged per line,”&_
vbcrlf&”with a hard return at the end of each line.”
end if

Set objTextFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(“servers.txt”, ForReading)
Set ofile=objFSO.CreateTextFile(logfile,True)
strText = objTextFile.ReadAll
wscript.echo “Ping batch starting, please be patient. This could take some time to”&_
vbcrlf&”finish, depending on the number of hosts to check. You “_
&”will be “&vbcrlf&”notified upon the completion of this script.”
ofile.WriteLine “,”&”Ping Report — Date: ” & Now() & vbCrLf
arrComputers = Split(strText, vbCrLF)
for each item in arrcomputers
objShell.Run “cmd /c ping -n 1 -w 1000 ” & item & ” >temp.txt”, 0, True
Set tempfile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(tempobj,ForReading)
Do Until tempfile.AtEndOfStream
striploc = InStr(temp,”[“)
If striploc=0 Then
strip=Replace(strip,”w”,” “)
strip=Replace(strip,” “,””)
End If

If InStr(temp, “Reply from”) Then
ofile.writeline item & “,”&strip&”,”&”Online.”
ElseIf InStr(temp, “Request timed out.”) Then
ofile.writeline item &”,”&strip&”,”&”No response (Offline).”
ELSEIf InStr(temp, “try again”) Then
ofile.writeline item & “,”&strip&”,”&”Unknown host (no DNS entry).”

End If
ofile.writeline “,”&”Ping batch complete “&now()
wscript.echo “Ping batch completed. The results will now be displayed.”
objShell.Run(“””C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Office\excel.exe “””&logfile)



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VMware Tools is no more depended on vSphere/Esxi release.

VMware tools 10.0.0 is now no more dependent on vSphere release/Esxi builds. I think this is the first time when VMware released VMware Tools separately. As per release note its backward compatible, compatible with Esxi 5.0 and also compatible with Workstation 12.0 and VMware Fusion 8.0. It will allow to get the latest new features and enhancements made to the VMware tools faster to the customers.

You can download and install the latest version of VMware Tools from Here.


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Windows could not finish configuring the system.

Recently, I was installing Windows 2008 R2 on a HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 server. Found that the server was throwing an error message stating “Windows could not finish configuring the system.”. When you click on “OK”, servers gets automatic reboot and shows again the same error.

When searched on google, I found that this error message occurs with Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems if the system contains a registry key that is larger than 8 kilobytes (KB). A Hotfix for this problem is available from Microsoft


In my case it was during a clean install of Windows OS, hence it was fixed following the steps listed below:

When you find the error message stating that the “Windows could not finish configuring the system” appears on your screen:

1. Hold down the SHIFT key and press F10 (SHIFT + F10) to open command prompt.
2. At command prompt type: cd oobe (& press Enter).
3. Then type: msoobe (& press Enter).
4. Finally Restart your computer.

You will see your machine back with CTRL+ALT+DEL screen.


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Windows 2012 Network Share: The specified network name is no longer available

Shares created on Windows Server 2012 R2 are are inaccessible from Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008.

When you try to access the share you will get an error message stating “The specified network name is no longer available”. Windows 2012 will not accept traffic from an older operating systems.

In rorder to fix the issue, a registry setting on Windows Server 2012 R2 must be modified as listed below:

Back up the Registry Hive/Key and make the following change:


Original Value: SamSS Srv2

Change to: SamSS Srv

Note: Just delete the 2

After making the change, reboot Windows Server 2012 R2

Note: You may also need to reboot the clients/servers involved


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