Author: Jeff Hicks

Jeffery Hicks is an IT veteran with over 25 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT infrastructure consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis in automation and efficiency. He is a multi-year recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award in Windows PowerShell. He works today as an independent author, teacher and consultant. Jeff has written for numerous online sites and print publications and is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and user groups. His latest book is PowerShell Scripting and Toolmaking.

Diagnosing Windows Memory Problems

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One of the most common reasons computers fail is because of faulty or failed memory and Windows does a good job alerting you after the memory has failed. It is better to find failing memory before it has crippled your machine though. In this post, Jeff Hicks explains how to use the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool to diagnose memory issues.

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    Create Environmental Variables With SetX

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    In today's post, Jeff Hicks discusses SetX.EXE which allows IT pro's to quickly and efficiently create their own environmental variables. SetX makes the task of adding custom environmental variables to support internal applications or automated processes very easy, especially when this needs to be done on remote machines.

    Use Command Line To Monitor Server Performance

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    Although there are plenty of performance management options that utilize nice-looking GUI's, sometimes the "quick and dirty" approach is best. In this post, Jeff Hicks explains the use of TYPEPERF.EXE to monitor server performance with the command line. This can often be a much more efficient approach to diagnosing issues or just checking on servers.

    Windows 7 Power Scheme Configuration using POWERCFG.EXE

    with 3 Comments by Jeff Hicks

    If you're in a position where you are responsible for managing or supporting several laptops, it's likely that one task you have is ensuring their power settings are properly configured. Having to do this on multiple machines can be time consuming though. In this post, Jeff Hicks demonstrates the use of POWERCONFIG.EXE, a command line that comes with Windows 7 and streamlines the process.

    Command Line Task Management

    by Jeff Hicks

    Most IT pros are routinely managing computers remotely and for such tasks there are several tools, such as PowerShell. Sometimes these tools are a little more than we need to perform some of the simpler tasks. In this post, Jeff Hicks goes over some common tasks that are most efficiently carried out using CMD.EXE.