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Where did all my free space go?

Posted in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server by Steve Sinchak

It happens to everyone eventually. Your hard drive is suddenly full and you are left wondering where did all my free space go? Now you must begin the task of deleting old files and folders to reclaim space but where do you start? In the past I would suggest manually checking the sizes of all of your folders so you know where to begin the hunt but now there is a great utility called WinDirStat that does the work for you.  After inspecting a drive you are shown exactly how much data is in each folder, what file types are taking up the most space and even a visual representation of the files on your disk.

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Configure IP Address and DNS from Command Line

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server by Steve Sinchak

Would you like to configure the IP address and DNS settings of your Windows PC just using the command prompt?  Rather than click through the user interface, these items can quickly be set with just a few commands. 

The first thing you need to identify is the name of the network interface you want to modify.  You can find the names of all network interfaces by running the following command:

netsh interface ipv4 show interfaces

This will list all the interfaces available.  In most cases, your wired network adapter will be called "Local Area Connection" but it may include a number at the end of the name.  It is important to use the full name in the commands below and surround it with quotes if the name contains spaces.   

How to set a static IP address

A static IP address can be set from the command prompt by running the netsh command at an administrative level prompt.  Make sure to substitute the parameters in the command below for your environment. 

netsh interface ip set address name="Local Area Connection" static 123.123.123.123 255.255.255.0 123.123.123.1 1

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Easily Configure Basic Settings in Server Core

Posted in Windows Server by Steve Sinchak

One of the first tasks an administrator must do after building a Windows Server Core machine is set the network address and configure the machine name and domain membership.  There are command line tools for all of those individual features but Microsoft included a useful command called sconfig that allows you to quickly configure basic server settings.

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