A. Below is a summary of all the net.exe usage methods.

net accounts

Used to modify user accounts. Specified on its own will give information about the current logon.


/forcelogoff:<minutes or no> Minutes until the user gets logged off after logon hours expire. No means a forced logoff will not occur
/lockoutthreshold:<number of failed attempts> This parameter allows you to configure the number of failed logon attempts before the account is locked. The range is 1 to 999.
/lockoutduration:<minutes>  This parameter specifies the number of minutes accounts remain locked before automatically becoming unlocked. The range is 1 to 99999.
/lockoutwindow:<minutes>   This parameter lets you configure the maximum number of minutes between two consecutive failed logon attempts before an account is locked. The range is 1 to 99999.
/minpwlen:<length> Minimum number of characters for the password. Default is 6, valid range is between 0 and 14
/maxpwage:<days> Maximum number of days a password is valid. Default is 90, valid range is between 0 and 49710
/minpwage:<days> Number of days that must occur before the password can be changed. Default is 0, valid range is between 0 and maxpwage
/uniquepw:<number> Password may not be reused for number attempts
/sync Forces a domain sync
/domain Performs any of the above actions on the domain controller

net computer

Used to add and remove computer accounts from the domain.


\\<computer name> Name of the computer to be added or removed
/add Add the specified computer
/del Removes the specified computer

net config server

Allows modifications to the server service. Entered with no parameters give details of the current configuration


/autodisconnect:<minutes> Number of minutes an account may be inactive before disconnection. Default is 15, valid range between 1 and 65535. -1 means never disconnected.
/srvcomment:"text" Set the comment for the machine
/hidden:<yes or no> Specified is the computer is hidden in the listing of computers

net config workstation

Allows modifications to the workstation service. Entered with no parameters give details of the current configuration


/charcount:<bytes> Number of bytes to be collected before data is sent. The default is 16, valid range is between 0 and 65535.
/chartime:<msec> Number of milliseconds NT waits before sending data. If charcount is also set whichever is satisfied first is used. Default is 250, valid range is between 0 and 65535000.
/charwait:<seconds> Number of seconds NT waits for a communications device to become available. Default is 3600, valid is between 0 and 65535.

net continue <service name>

Restarts the specified paused service.

net file

Lists any files that are open/locked via a network share.


id Identification of the file (given by entering net file on its own)
/close Close the specified lock

See Q. How can I tell who has which files open on a machine? for more details.

net group

Adds/modifies global groups on servers. Without parameters will list global groups.


net group <group name> \[/command:"<text>"\] \[/domain\]
net group <group name> \[/add \[/comment:"<text>"\] or /delete\] \[/domain\]
net group <group name> <user name> /add or /delete \[/domain\]


groupname Name of the global group
/comment:"<text>" Comment if a new global group is created. Up to 48 characters
/domain Performs the function on the primary domain controller
username Username to which apply the operation
/add Adds the specified user to the group or the group to the domain
/delete Removes a group from a domain or a user from a group

net localgroup

Performs actions on local groups. Same parameters as net group.

net name

Adds/removes a name to which messaging may be directed to. Running the command on its own will list all messaging names eligible on the machine.


name The messaging name to be added/removed
/add Add the name
/delete Remove the name

net pause <service name>

Used to pause a service from the command line.

net print

Used to list/modify print jobs.


\\computername Indicates the computer that hosts the printer queue
sharename Name of the printer queue
job The job number to modify
/hold Pauses a job on the print queue
/release Removes the hold status of a job on the print queue
/delete Deletes a job off of the print queue

net send

Sends a message to a computer, user or messaging name.


name Name of the user, computer or messaging name. Can also use * to send to everyone in the group
/domain:<domain name> All users in the current domain or the specified domain
/users To all users connected to the server
message The message to send

net session

Lists or disconnects sessions. Used with no options lists the current sessions.


\\<computer name> The computer of whose session to close
/delete Closes the session to the computer specified. Omitting a computer name will close all sessions

net share

Used to manage shares from the command line.


net share <sharename>=<drive>:\<directory> \[/users=<number> or /unlimited\] \[/remark:"text"\]
net share <sharename> \[/users=<number> or /unlimited\] \[/remark:"text"\]
net share <sharename or device name or drive and path> /delete


<sharename> Name of the share
<device name> Used to specify the printer name if specifying a printer share
<drive>:<path> Absolute path
/users:<number> Number of simultaneous connections to the share
/unlimited Unlimited usage
/remark:"<text>" Comment for the share
/delete Delete the specifed share

net start <service name>

Start the specified service

net statistics \[workstation or service\]

Gives information about either the server or workstation service.

net stop <service name>

Stops the specified service

net time

Used to synchronize the time of a computer.


\\<computer name> The name of the computer to which synchronize the time
/domain:<domain> Synchronize the time with the specified domain
/set Sets the time

net use

Connects or disconnects to a network share. Used with no qualifiers lists the current network mappings.


net use <device name> or * \\<computer name>\<share name> \[password or *\] \[/user:\[domain\user\] /delete or \[persistent:\[yes or no\]\]
net use <device name> /home /delete or /persistent:\[yes or no\]


<device name> Name of the device to map to. Use * to use the next available device name
\\computer name The name of the computer controlling the resource
\sharename Name of the share
\volume Name of the volume if on a NetWare server
password Password to which to map
* Gives a prompt to which to enter the password
/user:<domain>\<user> Specifies the user to connect as
/home Connects to a users home directory
/delete Closes a connection
/persistent:\[yes or no> Sets if the connection should be reconnected at next logon

net user

Used to add/create/modify user accounts


net user <username> \[password or *\] \[/add\] \[options\] \[/domain\]
net user <username\] /delete /domain

username The name of the account
password Assigns or changes a password
* Gives a prompt for the password
/domain perform on a domain
/add Creates the account
/delete Removes the account
/active:\[yes or no\] Activates or deactivates the account
/comment:"<text>" Adds a descriptive comment
/counterycode.nnn nnn is the number operating system code. Use 0 for the operating systems default
/expires:<date or never> The expiry date of the account. Date format is mm,dd,yy or dd,mm,yy which is determined by the country code
/fullname:"<name>" The full name of the account
/homedir:<path> Path for the users home directory
/passwordchg:\[yes or no\] Used to specify if the user can modify the password
/passwordreq:\[yes or no\] Used to determine if the account needs a password
/profilepath:<path> Used to specify the profile path
/scriptpath:<path> Path of the logon script
/times:<times or all> Hours user may logon
/usercomment:"<text>" A comment for the account
/workstations:<machine names> Names the user may logon to. * means all.

net view

Lists shared resources on a domain. Used with no parameters lists all machine accounts in a domain.


\\computer name Specifies the computer whose resource should be viewed
/domain:<domain name> The domain to be used
/network:<NetWare network> A NetWare network to be used