Chocolatey: Windows Package Management

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Chocolatey is similar to yum or apt-get for linux users, but for windows users. It allows the user to quickly install a variety of packages (apps) from the command line… as of this writing there are 1375 unique packages available.


Running Chocolatey is cake… heh heh heh. For example, to install Firefox:

c:\> cinst Firefox


Finished my first real .Net app today…

Posted by & filed under .Net, Programming, Windows.

I finished a sweet .net app today. It’s which is kinda gay I guess but it gets the job done and is a lot better than the VB I knew long ago. The app itself spawns a new process and runs a netsh command extracting/grepping out the info needed.

I’m headed to PRI tomorrow. Tired and should of already been sleeping. damn black ops.

Managing Wireless Network Adaptors with Powershell and WMI

Posted by & filed under Powershell, Programming, Projects, TNSC, Windows.

I have been researching how to create a script that will display network status as well as allow the users to reconnect to the wireless network if needed.

PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-WmiObject -Namespace root\wmi -list | Where-Object { $_.Name -match "MSNdis_80211" }

NameSpace: ROOT\wmi

Name Methods Properties
---- ------- ----------
MSNdis_80211_ReceiveAntennaSelected {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211ReceiveAntennaSelected}
MSNdis_80211_RTSThreshold {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211RTSThreshold}
MSNdis_80211_AddWEP {} {Active, InstanceName, KeyIndex, KeyLength...}
MSNdis_80211_ConfigurationInfo {} {ATIMWindow, BeaconPeriod, ConfigLength, DSConfig...}
MSNdis_80211_ReloadDefaults {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211ReloadDefaults}
MSNdis_80211_BssIdListScan {} {Active, InstanceName, UnusedParameter}
MSNdis_80211_InfrastructureMode {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211InfrastructureMode}
MSNdis_80211_ConfigurationFH {} {DwellTime, FHLength, HopPattern, HopSet}
MSNdis_80211_BaseServiceSetIdent... {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211MacAddress}
MSNdis_80211_ReceivedSignalStrength {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211ReceivedSignalStrength}
MSNdis_80211_NetworkType {} {Ndis80211NetworkType}
MSNdis_80211_PrivacyFilter {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211PrivacyFilter}
MSNdis_80211_TransmitPowerLevel {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211TransmitPowerLevel}
MSNdis_80211_NetworkInfrastructure {} {Ndis80211NetworkInfrastructure}
MSNdis_80211_WLanBssId {} {Ndis80211Configuration, Ndis80211InfrastructureMode, Ndis8...
MSNdis_80211_NetworkTypesSupported {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211NetworkTypes, NumberOfItems}
MSNdis_80211_NetworkTypeInUse {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211NetworkTypeInUse}
MSNdis_80211_RemoveWEP {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211KeyIndex}
MSNdis_80211_NumberOfAntennas {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211NumberOfAntennas}
MSNdis_80211_AuthenticationMode {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211AuthenticationMode}
MSNdis_80211_FragmentationThreshold {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211FragmentationThreshold}
MSNdis_80211_Statistics {} {ACKFailureCount, Active, FailedCount, FCSErrorCount...}
MSNdis_80211_BSSIList {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211BSSIList, NumberOfItems}
MSNdis_80211_WEPStatus {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211WEPStatus}
MSNdis_80211_PowerMode {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211PowerMode}
MSNdis_80211_Configuration {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211Config}
MSNdis_80211_ServiceSetIdentifier {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211SsId}
MSNdis_80211_TransmitAntennaSele... {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211TransmitAntennaSelected}
MSNdis_80211_Disassociate {} {Active, InstanceName, UnusedParameter}
MSNdis_80211_DataRates {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211DataRate}
MSNdis_80211_DesiredDataRates {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211DesiredRate}
MSNdis_80211_ReceivedSignalStren... {} {Active, InstanceName, Ndis80211ReceivedSignalStrengthTrigger}

And also this snippet which will display the network adapters labeled as wireless:

PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_NetworkAdapter | Where-Object {$_.Name -like "*Wireless*"}

ServiceName :
MACAddress :
AdapterType :
DeviceID : 14
Name : Linksys Wireless-G USB Network Adapter
NetworkAddresses :
Speed :


Wireless Network Scanner in Powershell:…

Configuring Wireless in Windows thru the Command Line

Posted by & filed under Networking, WiFi, Windows.

So using the netsh wlan command allows us to manipulate the various properties of a wireless connection. Other potentially cool stuff:

  • netsh wlan set tra yes – Enables wireless debug traces in %WINDIR%\tracing\wireless
  • netsh wlan
  • Creating/moving wireless profiles quickly
  • There is more, but this is prolly what I need to use when I write a app for a client to view wireless connection status.


Fixing MS FTP Service from needing the domain prefix for user logins

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The MS FTP server by default requires a domain name prefixed on the username. We don’t want this for our FTP users:

1. Change to the %Systemroot%\Inetpub\Adminscripts directory.
2. Type the following:
Adsutil Set MSFTPSVC/DefaultLogonDomain “Domain Name”
Make sure when you type in the Domain Name that it is enclosed in quotation marks.
3. Stop and restart the FTP Service.

This applies to IIS 4 thru IIS7. FOr IIS7 I copied the adsutil.vbs form the inetpub/adminscripts folder on a IIS6 box.