How to install and use the dig utility on a Windows system
The dig (domain information groper) utility is something I use on my Linux hosts so often that I miss it when I move back to a Windows host. Here’s how to install and use the dig utility on a Windows system:
Extract to the directory that you’d like to run the program from, probably C:UsersMyUsername
Run the dig command
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601] Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. C:Userstechpain>dig mx msn.com ; <<>> DiG 9.9.5-W1 <<>> mx msn.com ;; global options: +cmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER< Dan Esparza’s blog has a great post on different ways to use the dig utility and understanding the output.
A WhoIs lookup will show the registration record for a domain name, and being able to run this right from the command line is really convenient.
This utility will run on Windows XP and higher (client) and Windows Server 2003 and higher (server).
Download the utility from the Windows Sysinternals site and copy it to the path that you want to use (probably C:\Users\MyUsername). After that you can run the WhoIs utility like this:
WhoIS command and output
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601] Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Whois v1.11 - Domain information lookup utility Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com Copyright (C) 2005-2012 Mark Russinovich
Connecting to COM.whois-servers.net... Connecting to whois.name.com...
Domain Name: TECHPAIN.COM Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.name.com Registrar URL: http://www.name.com Updated Date: 2013-10-22T03:40:00-06:00 Creation Date: 2010-08-04T00:59:03-06:00 Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-08-04T00:59:03-06:00 Registrar: Name.com, Inc. Registrar IANA ID: 625 Registrar Abuse Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.17202492374 Resellser: Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited Registrant Name: Whois Agent Registrant Organization: Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc. Registrant Street: PO Box 639 Registrant City: Kirkland Registrant State/Province: WA Registrant Postal Code: 98083 Registrant Country: US Registrant Phone: +1.4252740657 Registrant Fax: +1.4259744730 Registrant Email: email@example.com Admin Name: Whois Agent Admin Organization: Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc. Admin Street: PO Box 639 Admin City: Kirkland Admin State/Province: WA Admin Postal Code: 98083 Admin Country: US Admin Phone: +1.4252740657 Admin Fax: +1.4259744730 Admin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tech Name: Whois Agent Tech Organization: Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc. Tech Street: PO Box 639 Tech City: Kirkland Tech State/Province: WA Tech Postal Code: 98083 Tech Country: US Tech Phone: +1.4252740657 Tech Fax: +1.4259744730 Tech Email: email@example.com Name Server: ns2.reachone.com Name Server: ns1.reachone.com DNSSEC: NotApplicable URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2014-02-15T13:50:43-07:00 <<< The Data in the Name.com, Inc. WHOIS database is provided by Name.com, Inc. for information purposes, and to assist persons in obtaining information about or re lated to a domain name registration record. Name.com, Inc. does not guarantee i ts accuracy. By submitting a WHOIS query, you agree that you will use this Data only for lawful purposes and that, under no circumstances will you use this Dat a to: (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass unsolici ted, commercial advertising or solicitations via e-mail (spam); or (2) enable hi gh volume, automated, electronic processes that apply to Name.com, Inc. (or its systems). Name.com, Inc. reserves the right to modify these terms at any time. By submitting this query, you agree to abide by this policy.
Add a new DWORD called “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy” and give it a value of 1. Reboot and yer done! (Applies to Vista too!)
Allow ICMP (ping) Requests Through Firewall
From howtogeek.com: Right click ‘cmd’ from the start menu and select ‘Run as Administrator’, then
netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8 enable
and to enable again
netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8 disable
(Applies to Vista too!)
Get back your Quick Launch toolbar
From neowin.com: 1. Right-click the taskbar, choose Toolbars / New Toolbar 2. In the folder selection dialog, enter the following string and hit OK: %userprofile%AppDataRoamingMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch 3. Turn off the “lock the taskbar” setting, and right-click on the divider. Make sure that “Show text” and “Show title” are disabled and the view is set to “small icons”. 4. Use the dividers to rearrange the toolbar ordering to choice, and then lock the taskbar again.
Starting Windows Explorer from “My Computer”
From Tim Sneath’s Blog: If you spend more time manipulating files outside of the documents folders than inside, you might want to change the default starting directory for Windows Explorer so that it opens at the Computer node:
To do this, navigate to Windows Explorer in the Start Menu (it’s in the Accessories folder). Then edit the properties and change the target to read:
Notes: Client’s router is a netgear WGR614v6 (firmware: V1.0.11_1.0.7NA), if this is really the issue, then setting a static IP should resolve the problem. Let’s try that and see if it helps… Also, the latest firmware for that router is 2.0.19_1.0.19, which I downloaded in case we want to try that next. Download and instructions can be found at kb.netgear.com
Update: Setting a static IP seems to have improved the situation, but not resolved it entirely. Now the issue appears only when coming out of sleep mode. A post by “Deke” on arstechnica.com explains: I had this issue on my desktop after it returns from an S3 sleep state. You can do one of two things.
1. You can simply open an elevated command prompt and type ipconfig /renew each time,
2. You can automate the the above process:
Make a small batch file with a single line: ipconfig /renew
Put it in a folder somewhere (I used c:windowssystem32).
Open the task scheduler and create a new task. Make sure that you check “Run with highest privileges.”
Trigger should be set to “On workstation unlock of any user”.
Action is “Start a program”. Point it you your batch file.
Under the Conditions tab, make sure “Start the task only if the computer is on AC power” and “Stop if the computer switches to battery power” are both unchecked.