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Command-Line Prompt?

Discussion in 'A+' started by keane14, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. keane14

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    Hi Guys,

    Can someone please explain the command line prompt, in a nut shell & in laymans terms if possible. How important is it? what is the best way to get to grips with it? Are there any good tutorials out there? How often is it used on the job?



    Many thanks in Advance!!!!
     
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  2. Sparky
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    start>run>cmd

    then type help

    lots to learn :biggrin
     
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  4. VantageIsle

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    I'd recommend following this tutorial to get to grips with the basics.

    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial76.html



    Its also worth mentioning that the microsoft site lists every command and what it does.

    Remember if you need help with a particular command, suffixing a space followed by a forward slash and a question mark usally give you the options of how that one command can be used.

    For example

    Ipconfig /? will give me all the options for using the ipconfig command.

    Good luck.
     
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  6. Bluerinse
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    Very very regularly, every day, when fault finding and for configuration purposes.

    For example the 'Ping' command, is the most basic TCP/IP tool for testing network connectivity.

    C:\>PING anothercomputernameonmynetwork

    will return either success, failures or a mixture of both results. to test local connectivity.

    C:\>PING www.google.com

    will inform you if you have connectivity to the Internet.
     
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  7. kevicho

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    In a nutshell your command line will do everything (with the odd exception which im rying to remember) that your graphical interface will do, and usually more.

    get used to typing in commands and then adding /? for the help file
     
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    It doesnt look pretty :twisted:
     
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  9. Evilwheato

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    I got asked a question about ipconfig and ping- that was all :) The best way to get to grips with it is to use it- I spent a couple of hours messing about with it.
     
  10. Unemployed Diogenes

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    I think you HAVE TO know how to work in dos-prompt if you wants to work in networking...
     
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  12. ThomasMc

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    Also with the introduction of Server 2008 Core it looks as if Command Line could be coming back with a bang :D all Microsoft need to do is convince all the point and click admins they have created.
     
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  13. Unemployed Diogenes

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    few week ago i've got 4 days Exchange 2007 training. CLI is very important again there!!
     
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  14. keane14

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    Thanks very much for all of those replies that were helpful and informative.
     
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