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Part IX: Appendices > Command Prompt Quick Reference

Appendix B. Command Prompt Quick Reference

Windows 2000 offers a rich variety of tools for controlling operations from the command line. Despite the name Windows, many functions of the OS can be controlled with a simple command prompt. There are probably two reasons for this. First, nearly everything that can be done from a command line can be automated via a batch file. This is the most important reason for an administrator. Second, it's often faster to retrieve information from a command line than a window.

This appendix describes many of the most common command-prompt utilities. They are divided into five groups, depending on their function. Although many utilities are listed, this is by no means a complete list. For example, NTBACKUP can be automated from the command line, but isn't included here because it typically uses a GUI interface. Also, the Resource Kit utilities are quite often used from the command line. For more information on these utilities, see Appendix D, "Resource Kit Utilities." Finally, commands that are specific to the MSDOS, OS/2, or POSIX subsystems have been excluded.


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