Thursday, August 26, 2010

'whois' any domain from command prompt

How do you 'whois' a domain? As a Windows User, most probably you would have no option other than using third-party websites like whois.net to query any domain.

whois meroguff.com

But Sysinternal's Mark Russinovich(who is now with Microsoft) created small whois DOS application many years ago.
Just fire up the command prompt, type in
'whois somedomain.com'
and you'll see the business,administrative and technical contacts with informations such as email and phone number as well.

You can download 'whois' from the link below:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897435.aspx
I've almost all applications made by Mark Russinovich stuffed into one USB flash drive and I use it when necessary. It's like a swissknife to troubleshoot most of the Windows PC problems. I recommend have a read before using those tools. It's simple to understand.

And the fun part is, you'll leave your client dazed with what you did using all those command prompts typing. They'll give you a look as if you are an uber geek.

Mark Russinovich
Many many thanks to Mark for his wonderful programming, and if you are a computer nerd like me, you can get almost all of his wonderful tools in one simple download. They named it Sysinternal Suites.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb842062.aspx

What you'll get in this 12 MB package are :
AccessChk
AccessEnum
AdExplorer
AdRestore
Autologon
Autoruns
BgInfo
CacheSet
ClockRes
Contig
Coreinfo
Ctrl2Cap
DebugView
Desktops
Disk2vhd
DiskExt
DiskMon
DiskView
Disk Usage (DU)
EFSDump
Handle
Hex2dec
Junction
LDMDump
ListDLLs
LiveKd
LoadOrder
LogonSessions
NTFSInfo
PageDefrag
PendMoves
PipeList
PortMon
ProcDump
Process Explorer
Process Monitor
ProcFeatures
PsExec
PsFile
PsGetSid
PsInfo
PsKill
PsList
PsLoggedOn
PsLogList
PsPasswd
PsService
PsShutdown
PsSuspend
RAMMap
RegDelNull
RegJump
RootkitRevealer
SDelete
ShareEnum
ShellRunas
SigCheck
Streams
Strings
Sync
TCPView
VMMap
VolumeID
WhoIs
WinObj
ZoomIt


One more thing, I've tested it and works on Windows XP and above. I'm on Windows 7 professional edition. These tools are gems to own.

Thank you for reading my post.

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