March 26, 2001, 2:12 PM —
Suddenly another voice spoke, low and melodious, its sound
an enchantment. Those who listened unwarily to that voice could seldom report
the words that they heard; and if they did, they wondered, for little power
remained in them. Mostly they remembered only that it was a delight to hear
the voice speaking, all that it said seemed wise and reasonable, and desire
awoke in them by swift agreement to seem wise themselves.
--Description of the voice of Saruman in JRR Tolkien's The Two Towers
One of the major complaints launched against Windows NT from an
administrative viewpoint is that it has very weak command-line capabilities.
When compared to Linux, this may be true. But Windows NT isn't as crippled
as some people claim. Now, I'm not saying the Windows NT command
cmd.exe competes with bash on any level.
But there are some functional command-line tools available for
Microsoft's premier operating system. Not many of them actually
come from Redmond, though...
But that isn't important. By and large, what any administrator wants most
are scripts and other features to automate his or her work. Since this
is such a noble goal, there are actually many ways you can
perform common tasks using console applications. With experience, you can
wean yourself from the NT GUI and eventually get to the point
where you will prefer using
cmd.exe to Windows Explorer.