How to Create bootable Windows CD Easily with nLite

nLite is a deployment tool for the bootable unattended Windows ISO.  With it you can remove components, integrate hotfixes, drivers and themes, tweaks, patches and more. . .Features nLite allows you to customize your installation of Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows 2003. You can integrate service packs and hotfixes from Microsoft directly into your windows […]

How to Start Networking in BackTrack 4

Since BackTrack 4 (Pre-Release and Beta) doesn’t start networking by default you have to manually start it.  Here’s how to start it manually: /etc/init.d/networking start If you have installed BackTrack 4 to disk you can enable networking to start at boot using: update-rc.d networking defaults And finally, you can start wireless networking in BackTrack 4 […]

How to Set a static IP address in Backtrack 4

First, start networking in BackTrack 4: /etc/init.d/networking start Next, set the static IP address: ifconfig eth0 netmask up Next, set the default gateway: route add default gw Finally, set DNS servers and search suffixes: nano /etc/resolv.conf Add the following lines for your environment: domain internaldomain.localsearch internaldomain.localnameserver Now you should have […]

How To: Create A Show Desktop Shortcut on Windows 7 and Vista

While Windows 7 (and Vista, if I remember right) does have a “Show Desktop” shortcut – it’s in the system tray, to the right of the clock – you may long for the days when it was in the Quick Launch toolbar like in XP or Windows 2003. Not to fear.  You can easily create […]

Securely delete files in Windows

The only way to ensure that deleted files, as well as files that you encrypt with EFS, are safe from recovery is to use a secure delete application. Secure delete applications overwrite a deleted file’s on-disk data using techiques that are shown to make disk data unrecoverable, even using recovery technology that can read patterns […]

Amazon EC2 Now Offers Windows Server 2008 – Finally!

I opened my email this morning and much to my pleasure I found this announcement from Amazon: Amazon EC2 Now Offers Windows Server 2008 Starting today, Amazon EC2 now offers Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server® Standard 2008 instances in all Amazon EC2 Regions. This new announcement extends Amazon EC2’s existing Microsoft-based offerings […]

Install Windows Server 2008 Features with servermanagercmd.exe at the Command Prompt

Although Microsoft continues to expand PowerShell with more capability, the command prompt has not been left behind in Windows Server 2008. In fact, with this latest Windows Server release, the command prompt gains some capability, including a tool that allows administrators to add or remove features on a Windows Server 2008 installation with servermanagercmd.exe, which replicates […]

Manage Windows 2008 Licenses with slmgr.vbs from the command line

Windows 2008 Servers supports license management from the command line, using slmgr.vbs.  With it you can see how much time you have left on an eval, add or uninstall licenses and much more. The name of the tool is actually Windows Software Licensing Management Tool.  It is a visual basic script used to configure licensing on any Windows 2008 […]

How to: Reverse DNS from Windows Command Line using Ping

Here’s a quick and easy way to do a Reverse DNS (RDNS) lookup using ping.exe from a Windows command prompt using the -a switch. ping -a <IP Address> Example ping -a This example will resolve the address as follows: Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data: Reply from bytes=32 time=66ms TTL=51Reply from […]

Unzip rar files in Ubuntu with unrar

Often it is necessary to extract files. zip and tar.gz files can be opened directly in Ubuntu (and other flavors of Linux), but rar is not supported by default. You should install and use unrar to extract rar files. % sudo apt-get install unrar Two useful and probably most used command are: % unrar e […]