Leaving 2013 with a protip

As we say good-bye to 2013, I’d like to leave you with two really nifty tips that may be of value in 2014.

pkgs.org – this site is akin to the human genom project for Linux. They track dependencies in an easy, clean, way. With only a single Adwords advertisement on a left hand banner, the site is free from distractions and allows anyone in search of a Linux package a easy and clear way to find what you’re looking for.

glances – simply the best individual system monitoring tool ever. From the command line you can see CPU, network, disk, processes. It’s writen in Python, and you can access glance remotely. What more can you ask for?



PowerShell setting a static IP

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In an effort to force myself to learn/use powershell I installed a core install of Server 2012 for my WSUS. Here’s how you change the IP Address:

from the CMD prompt, ps.exe to get poweshell. If you’ve closed your command prompt, log off and back on, or press Ctrl+Alt+Del and start task manager, then run cmd and/or PS.exe

Changing the IP
# Import the NetAdapter module. This step is provided for clarity. It is not needed due to the new module autoloading feature in Windows PowerShell 3.0

Import-Module NetAdapter

# Retrieve the network adapter that you want to configure.

$netadapter = Get-NetAdapter -Name Ethernet

# Disable DHCP.

$netadapter | Set-NetIPInterface -DHCP Disabled

# Configure the IP address and default gateway.

$netadapter | New-NetIPAddress -AddressFamily IPv4 -IPAddress -PrefixLength 24 -Type Unicast -DefaultGateway

# Configure the DNS client server IP addresses.

Set-DnsClientServerAddress -InterfaceAlias Ethernet -ServerAddresses

If you screw up, do:  Remove-NetIPAddress -interfaceindex

Got this from: http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2012/11/21/use-powershell-to-configure-the-nic-on-windows-server-2012.aspx