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Posted on 2011-03-18
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What is the best way to profile a windows server to see stuff like open ports, running services, installed software, server apps, OS version, shares, ACL’s, password policies etc. Is there a free way of gleaning all this kind of information in a single/couple of report/reports? If so what FREE default windows tools can do this? If not does anyone have a template document of what data to collect when profiling a windows server?
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you can use NETSTAT to determin what ports are being used and what process is using them if you use the -ano switch.

Server OS version can get from SYSTEMINFO

SHAREENUM will give you a list of shares and their associated ACL's

Running RSOP.MSC or GPRESULT from a command line will give you the password policies.

.....I think that covers it all ;)
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Spiceworks can do a lot, not sure if it does it all though: http://www.spiceworks.com

Otherwise, browse through this page, there might be somethuiing there you like:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/System_Utilities/Q_26748566.html?cid=748#a34841205
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by:k_romych
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belarc tool is good for installed software, server apps, OS version etc
for open ports you can run netstat command from cmd or download and run Tcpview.exe tool (just google it)
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by:pma111
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Is their no commands that can show services/installed software on the server?

NETSTAT and SYSTEMINFO work a treat
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by:Glen Knight
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running NET START will give you a list o services.
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Thanks thats useful, was more after though software and versions installed on the server(s), i.e. sql server 2000, IIS 7, oracle 9 etc etc.
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Or if no command any easy way to do it on the server machine itself
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Is it typical for the wmic product command not to work on xp/vista workstations, just tried it as a test and get an error when running it even as local admin
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what error do you get?
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Description: Generic Failure
Facility: WMI
Code: 0x800 41001
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by:Glen Knight
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Looks like a known issue, you should be using Windows XP SP2 or later
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823442

Another possibility, do you use an Internet Proxy? If so can you turn it off, also try turning of the Windows Firewall.
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I am using XP SP 3

yes do use proxy/firewall but domain policies restrict us being able to turn it off
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this could be causing the problem.
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Ok no probs
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