Mastering the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit

by [Published on 8 Feb. 2005 / Last Updated on 8 Feb. 2005]

The Windows 2003 Resource Kit is by far the most underutilized arsenal I have seen in my work as a Manager. I see many Administrators doing tasks or not having solutions for tasks that are totally provided with this toolkit. In the next series of articles I present, we shall cover the Windows 2003 Resource kit 'In Depth'. This article starts the series by fundamentally covering where to get the software, the basic use of the resource kit, online resources and file set.


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Get the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit

To get the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit, go to Microsoft.com

Quick note - pay attention to the installation requirements. You will need 30 MB of free disk space and it will run on either XP SP1 or SP2. Also, Microsoft has listed that the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools are not supported on 64-bit platforms so you cant use them on 64-bit.

Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit “The Series”

The Window Server 2003 Resource Kit is filled with tools that systems administrators, engineers… anyone who uses or manages or builds or supports a Windows Server 2003 system. The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools are a set of tools to help us streamline management tasks such as troubleshooting operating system issues, managing Active Directory, configuring networking and security features, and automating application deployment. We will cover each tool in depth in articles that are scheduled to come out in sequence over the next few months so stay tuned.

About the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit

Once you have download and installed the resource kit (very easy process), you are pretty much set up, now all you need to do it work with each tool so you know what they can do, and that’s the intention of this article series.

After the installation, go to Start => All Programs => Windows Resource Kit Tools => Command Shell

If you do a dir, you will see the directory listing for all the files listed here. Each file has a brief description of what it does:

  • Acctinfo.dll (documented in Readme.htm)
  • Adlb.exe: Active Directory Load Balancing Tool
  • Admx.msi: ADM File Parser
  • Atmarp.exe: Windows ATM ARP Server Information Tool
  • Atmlane.exe: Windows ATM LAN Emulation Client Information
  • Autoexnt.exe: AutoExNT Service
  • Cdburn.exe: ISO CD-ROM Burner Tool
  • Checkrepl.vbs: Check Replication
  • Chklnks.exe: Link Check Wizard
  • Chknic.exe: Network Interface Card Compliance Tool for Network Load Balancing
  • Cleanspl.exe: Spooler Cleaner
  • Clearmem.exe: Clear Memory
  • Clusdiag.msi: Cluster Diagnostics and Verification Tool
  • Clusfileport.dll: Cluster Print File Port
  • Clusterrecovery.exe: Server Cluster Recovery Utility
  • Cmdhere.inf: Command Here
  • Cmgetcer.dll: Connection Manager Certificate Deployment Tool
  • Compress.exe: Compress Files
  • Confdisk.exe: Disk Configuration Tool
  • Consume.exe: Memory Consumers Tool
  • Creatfil.exe: Create File
  • Csccmd.exe: Client-Side Caching Command-Line Options
  • Custreasonedit.exe: Custom Reason Editor (documented in Readme.htm)
  • Delprof.exe: User Profile Deletion Utility
  • Dh.exe: Display Heap
  • Diskraid.exe: RAID Configuration Tool
  • Diskuse.exe: User Disk Usage Tool
  • Dnsdiag.exe: SMTP DNS Diagnostic Tool (documented in Readme.htm)
  • Dumpfsmos.cmd: Dump FSMO Roles
  • Dvdburn.exe: ISO DVD Burner Tool
  • Empty.exe: Free Working Set Tool
  • Eventcombmt.exe: Check Replication
  • Fcopy.exe: File Copy Utility for Message Queuing
  • Frsflags.vbs
  • Getcm.exe: Connection Manager Profile Update
  • Gpmonitor.exe: Group Policy Monitor
  • Gpotool.exe: Group Policy Objects
  • Hlscan.exe: Hard Link Display Tool
  • Ifilttst.exe: IFilter Test Suite
  • Ifmember.exe: User Membership Tool
  • Inetesc.adm: Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration
  • Iniman.exe: Initialization Files Manipulation Tool
  • Instcm.exe: Install Connection Manager Profile
  • Instsrv.exe: Service Installer
  • Intfiltr.exe: Interrupt Affinity Tool
  • Kerbtray.exe: Kerberos Tray
  • Kernrate.exe: Kernel Profiling Tool
  • Klist.exe: Kerberos List
  • Krt.exe: Certification Authority Key Recovery
  • Lbridge.cmd: L-Bridge
  • Linkd.exe
  • Linkspeed.exe: Link Speed
  • List.exe: List Text File Tool
  • Lockoutstatus.exe: Account Lockout Status (documented in Readme.htm)
  • Logtime.exe
  • Lsreport.exe: Terminal Services Licensing Reporter
  • Lsview.exe: Terminal Services License Server Viewer
  • Mcast.exe: Multicast Packet Tool
  • Memmonitor.exe: Memory Monitor
  • Memtriage.exe: Resource Leak Triage Tool
  • Mibcc.exe: SNMP MIB Compiler
  • Moveuser.exe: Move Users
  • Mscep.dll: Certificate Services Add-on for Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol
  • Nlsinfo.exe: Locale Information Tool
  • Now.exe: STDOUT Current Date and Time
  • Ntimer.exe: Windows Program Timer
  • Ntrights.exe
  • Oh.exe: Open Handles
  • Oleview.exe: OLE/COM Object Viewer
  • Pathman.exe: Path Manager
  • Permcopy.exe: Share Permissions Copy
  • Perms.exe: User File Permissions Tool
  • Pfmon.exe: Page Fault Monitor
  • Pkiview.msc: PKI Health Tool
  • Pmon.exe: Process Resource Monitor
  • Printdriverinfo.exe: Drivers Source
  • Prnadmin.dll: Printer Administration Objects
  • Qgrep.exe
  • Qtcp.exe: QoS Time Stamp
  • Queryad.vbs: Query Active Directory
  • Rassrvmon.exe: RAS Server Monitor
  • Rcontrolad.exe: Active Directory Remote Control Add-On
  • Regini.exe: Registry Change by Script
  • Regview.exe (documented in Readme.htm)
  • Remapkey.exe: Remap Windows Keyboard Layout
  • Robocopy.exe: Robust File Copy Utility
  • Rpccfg.exe: RPC Configuration Tool
  • Rpcdump.exe
  • Rpcping.exe
  • RPing: RPC Connectivity Verification Tool
  • Rqc.exe: Remote Access Quarantine Client
  • Rqs.exe: Remote Access Quarantine Agent
  • Setprinter.exe: Spooler Configuration Tool
  • Showacls.exe
  • Showperf.exe: Performance Data Block Dump Utility
  • Showpriv.exe: Show Privilege
  • Sleep.exe: Batch File Wait
  • Sonar.exe: FRS Status Viewer
  • Splinfo.exe: Print Spooler Information
  • Srvany.exe: Applications as Services Utility
  • Srvcheck.exe: Server Share Check
  • Srvinfo.exe: Remote Server Information
  • Srvmgr.exe: Server Manager
  • Ssdformat.exe: System State Data Formatter
  • Subinacl.exe
  • Tail.exe
  • Tcmon.exe: Traffic Control Monitor
  • Timeit.exe (documented in Readme.htm)
  • Timezone.exe: Daylight Saving Time Update Utility
  • Tsctst.exe: Terminal Server Client License Dump Tool
  • Tsscalling.exe: Terminal Services Scalability Planning Tools
  • Uddicatschemeeditor.exe: UDDI Services Categorization Scheme Editor
  • Uddiconfig.exe: UDDI Services Command-line Configuration Utility
  • Uddidataexport.exe: UDDI Data Export Wizard
  • Usrmgr.exe: User Manager for Domains
  • Vadump.exe: Virtual Address Dump
  • Vfi.exe: Visual File Information
  • Volperf.exe: Shadow Copy Performance Counters
  • Volrest.exe: Shadow Copies for Shared Folders Restore Tool
  • Vrfydsk.exe: Verify Disk
  • Winexit.scr: Windows Exit Screen Saver
  • Winhttpcertcfg.exe: WinHTTP Certificate Configuration Tool
  • Winhttptracecfg.exe: WinHTTP Tracing Facility Configuration Tool
  • Winpolicies.exe: Policy Spy
  • Wins.dll: WINS Replication Network Monitor Parser
  • Wlbs_hb.dll & Wlbs_rc.dll: Windows Load Balancing Server Network Monitor Parsers

That’s a lot of power under the hood, I can’t wait to dig into all these tools and show you how to unleash their power.      

Summary

The Windows 2003 Resource Kit is a great tool kit. In each article that follows we will look at how to use each one so that we can integrate these tools into our tool belt, always good to have handy in case you need them. You will see that most of them may become tools you can’t live without.

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