If you’re a Windows administrator, scripting expertise can liberate you from boring, repetitive work–so you can take on the sophisticated, high-value projects you really want. Top scripting guru Don Jones has written the definitive administrator’s guide to getting results with Microsoft’s key scripting technologies: VBScript, WMI, and ADSI.
Jones draws on his unsurpassed experience training Windows administrators in conferences, classes, and from his enormously popular site, ScriptingAnswers.com.
You’ll learn how to use VBScript, WMI, and ADSI to gain administrative control over nearly every aspect of every recent Windows server or client, including Windows Server 2003, Vista, XP, 2000, and NT. As you gain experience, Jones introduces more advanced techniques, ranging from modular scripting and script encryption to integrating VBScript with HTML code.
Jones concludes with a full section of ready-to-run, real-world examples–from logon/logoff scripts to automated domain and network administration, from querying WMI to creating Active Directory groups. Every script is explained line-by-line, with challenging techniques described in even greater detail.
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Part I: Introduction to Windows Administrative Scripting 11
Chapter 1: Scripting Concepts and Terminology 13
Chapter 2: Running Scripts 21
Chapter 3: The Components of a Script 39
Chapter 4: Designing a Script 55
Part II: VBScript Tutorial 73
Chapter 5: Functions, Objects, Variables, and More 75
Chapter 6: Input and Output 101
Chapter 7: Manipulating Numbers 115
Chapter 8: Manipulating Strings 129
Chapter 9: Manipulating Other Types of Data 145
Chapter 10: Controlling the Flow of Execution 155
Chapter 11: Built-In Scripting Objects 173
Chapter 12: Working with the File System 193
Chapter 13: Putting It All Together: Creating Your First Script from Scratch 219
Part III: Windows Management Instrumentation and Active Directory Services Interface 245
Chapter 14: Working with ADSI Providers 247
Chapter 15: Manipulating Domains 257
Chapter 16: Manipulating Users and Groups 271
Chapter 17: Understanding WMI 283
Chapter 18: Querying Basic WMI Information 299
Chapter 19: Querying Complex WMI Information 317
Chapter 20: Putting It All Together: Your First WMI/ADSI Script 335
Chapter 21: Testing and Debugging WMI and ADSI Queries 357
Part IV: Advanced Scripting Techniques 371
Chapter 22: Modular Script Programming 373
Chapter 23: Scripts Packaging and Protection 389
Chapter 24: Scripting Security 399
Chapter 25: Introduction to HTML Applications 409
Chapter 26: Debugging Tips, Tools, and Techniques 421
Part V: Ready-to-Run Examples 437
Chapter 27: Logon and Logoff Scripts 439
Chapter 28: Windows and Domain Administration Scripts 455
Chapter 29: Network Administration Scripts 481
Chapter 30: WMI and ADSI Scripts 497
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Don Jones is an internationally recognized scripting guru, speaker, and author. He serves as the Director of Projects and Services for SAPIEN Technologies, where his primary job is to drive the development of new products and services for Windows administrative scripting. Don is the founder of ScriptingAnswers.com, the web’s friendliest community for Windows scripting. Don has written more than 30 books on information technology, including Managing Windows with VBScript and WMI (Addison-Wesley; the first edition of this book), Windows Administrator’s Automation Toolkit (Microsoft Press), Advanced VBScript for Windows Administrators (Microsoft Press), and Windows PowerShell: TFM™ (SAPIEN Press). Don heads SAPIEN Technologies’ Las Vegas office, speaks at a half-dozen technical conferences each year, and contributes monthly content to Microsoft TechNet Magazine.
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