How to manage local or remote services from command line

Starting or stopping services on Windows is a task commonly performed by using the Services snap-in on the MMC console. From time to time you want to perform such tasks from the command line. A possible reason for this is when you are creating scripts (batch files). To achieve this, you have two options: net for managing local services and sc.exe for remote ones. The net command is included in your default Windows installation.

Exchange: The database files in this storage are inconsistent

This morning I got a new surprise from my Exchange server. Outlook clients could not connect to the servers, however the server seemed to be working pretty normal. After some research I found out the Exchange databases were corrupted. But, how did this happen? Well, they can get corrupted when Windows is not shutdown in a proper way, or a service or process misbehavior leaves them in an inconsistent state or when there are physical errors on your hard disk.

Free Image Resizer for Windows

This time I want to share with you a Windows application for image resizing. It’s a fact, size matters. That is why Image Resizer can be very useful for sharing pictures through email, uploading images to websites or posting them to social networks. If your images are smaller, then it will take you less time to share them. This application can load a list of jpeg, gif, png or bmp files, resize them and then put them on a selected folder.

Old school: Use xcopy to back up your stuff

Need an easy way to back up your files, but don’t feel like monkeying with expensive or complicated software? Using the xcopy command and a simple text file, you can accomplish this rather easily. Here’s what I do. First, make sure that file extensions are not hidden by going to My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > View. Uncheck Hide Extensions for Known File Types and click OK (if it’s already unchecked, don’t worry about it).

IIS tips and tricks

Running multiple versions of the .NET framework in IIS When you install a new .NET framework in your IIS server some applications can stop working showing you the following error: Server Application Unavailable In the event viewer you will find this: the same IIS process. Please use the IIS Administration Tool to reconfigure your server to run the application in a separate process. This happens because different .NET frameworks can run in the same server, but cannot share the same application pool, so, to solve this: