DOSKEY is a command line utility included in the Microsoft Windows operating system. It allows users to create and store aliases for frequently used commands, allowing for faster input of long or complex commands. Additionally, DOSKEY can be used to create compound commands, combining multiple commands into one larger command.
Compound commands are a powerful tool for IT administrators, allowing them to execute multiple tasks in a single line. For example, a compound command could be used to run multiple system checks at once, or to quickly configure a server. Compound commands can also be used to automate frequently-performed tasks, such as creating backups or running system maintenance.
To create a compound command in DOSKEY, the user must first create an alias for each of the commands they wish to combine. This is done by typing the command “doskey alias=command”, where ‘alias’ is the name of the alias and ‘command’ is the command to be executed. For example, if the user wanted to create an alias for the command ‘ipconfig /all’, they would enter “doskey ipconfig=ipconfig /all”. This creates an alias called ‘ipconfig’ that can be used to execute the command ‘ipconfig /all’.
Once all of the aliases have been created, the user can then combine them into a compound command. This is done by typing the command “doskey compound=alias1 & alias2 & alias3”, where ‘compound’ is the name of the compound command, and ‘alias1’, ‘alias2’, and ‘alias3’ are the names of the individual aliases to be combined. For example, if the user wanted to combine the aliases ‘ipconfig’ and ‘ping’, they would enter “doskey networktest=ipconfig & ping”. This creates a compound command called ‘networktest’ that can be used to execute the commands ‘ipconfig /all’ and ‘ping’.
Compound commands can also be used to add additional commands to an existing command. For example, if the user wanted to add the command ‘ipconfig /renew’ to the compound command ‘networktest’, they would enter “doskey networktest=networktest & ipconfig /renew”. This would add the command ‘ipconfig /renew’ to the end of the compound command ‘networktest’, allowing the user to execute all three commands in one line.
Using compound commands can save IT administrators a considerable amount of time, as they can quickly execute multiple commands in a single line. Additionally, these commands can be used to automate frequently performed tasks, allowing the user to quickly and easily perform complex tasks with a single command. Compound commands can also be used to quickly troubleshoot problems, as the user can execute multiple commands and view the results in one command line.