Ever had a doubt what utilities do what. Windows XP has so many built in features and utilities that most sysadmins do not bother to utilize as they try to find a way of getting by with the same old commands (like ipconfig and stuff) they do not realize that newer OSes often include more utilities that could help in streamlining the support daily tasks and troubleshooting.
Try this command which is built in into Microsoft Windows XP.
in command prompt, type the following systeminfo
it will give you good useful information about system configs, system uptime, original install date (windows xp installation) hotfixes installed, NIC card info and so forth. it can be run on another machine remotely.
Here is a systeminfo parameter:
SYSTEMINFO [/S system [/U username [/P [password]]]] [/FO format] [/NH]
This command line tool enables an administrator to query for basic
system configuration information.
/S system Specifies the remote system to connect to.
/U [domain\]user Specifies the user context under which
the command should execute.
/P [password] Specifies the password for the given
user context. Prompts for input if omitted.
/FO format Specifies the format in which the output
is to be displayed.
Valid values: “TABLE”, “LIST”, “CSV”.
/NH Specifies that the “Column Header” should
not be displayed in the output.
Valid only for “TABLE” and “CSV” formats.
/? Displays this help/usage.
SYSTEMINFO /S system
SYSTEMINFO /S system /U user
SYSTEMINFO /S system /U domain\user /P password /FO TABLE
SYSTEMINFO /S system /FO LIST
SYSTEMINFO /S system /FO CSV /NH
I hope you find this tool useful and helpful. If so let us know and we will post more.
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