Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

Windows Server tracks the sessions that have been authenticated into the system, those that have been timed out, those that have errored, kb sent/received, response time, errors, permission problems, password problems, files opened, print job spooling and buffers quickly and easily. Simply use the net command we’ve all been using for 20 years, followed by stats or statistics:

net statistics

When prompted choose server or workstation. In this case, we’ll use Server.

net statistics Server

Here’s the output from a new server:

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And if you’re trying to troubleshoot client/server communications, keep in mind that you can look at much of this on the workstation side as well, but from the client perspective:

net statistics Workstation

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December 16th, 2013

Posted In: Windows Server, Windows XP

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Microsoft has a great feature called autotuning. Autotuning though can be problematic when it comes to network connections with Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer 7, RDC and even some file sharing protocols over the WAN. This is mostly because not all firewalls support TCP Window Scaling for non-HTTP-based protocols.

If you’re running into problems where these applications give you errors like “Outlook is trying to retrieve data from the Microsoft Exchange Server Exchange_Server_FQDN” then you can try disabling autotuning to see if that is your problem (usually this involves wan connections, btw). To disable autotuning, use netsh to set tcp for autotuninglevel to disabled:

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

To turn autotuning back on, just set the autotuninglevel to normal:

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal

September 28th, 2011

Posted In: Windows XP

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For computers with one operating system installed, you can boot into safe mode, which Windows with a limited set of files and drivers and disables startup programs. This is pretty helpful when troubleshooting Windows problems. To start into safe mode, hold the F8 key down while rebooting a Windows computer. If you see the Windows logo appears, reboot and try again.

This should load the Advanced Boot Options screen. Here, use the arrow keys to highlight safe mode option and then Enter. That’s it. Hope this helps!

August 7th, 2006

Posted In: Windows XP

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