I suppose many of us use their windows machine remotely for example with ssh for windows. What are you favorite command-line tools besides bundled with Windows and maybe besides the ones from sysinternals (that can be considered Microsoft originated after they bought sysinternals)

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    This should be a community wiki due to the nature of the question. – Chealion Aug 26 '09 at 7:17

You mean like PowerShell? I find myself running powershell even in a command prompt window so that I can do piping of objects from one command to another, and hooking into the register, certificates, environment variables, SQL Server, Exchange, AD, etc... too

And dtexec, and sqlcmd?

  • Impressive, but I meant classic console applications (can be executed from cmd.exe) originated from anywhere other than Microsoft – Maksee Aug 26 '09 at 7:43
  • Edited the post, to indicate that even running cmd, I may then run powershell. – Rob Farley Aug 26 '09 at 7:56
  • +1 for the PS, but as I see from the search I need extra steps to make it work remotely – Maksee Aug 26 '09 at 8:02

Cygwin for any unix tool you like. :)


PSExec or shutdown on remote machines is always fun, as was the net send command in a school environment.


I recall using Dameware NT Utilities heavily in college.

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