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Author Stein Borge has written a problem and solution-oriented text. In this follow-up edition, he thoroughly explains automating common administrative tasks for all business versions of Windows that rely on the Windows Script Host (WSH).
This book introduces new features of recent WSH versions, then discusses file, shell, and network operations using built-in WSH objects. Also included are lesser-known, but still important additions to WSH and registry operations.
|Ch. 2||Shell operations||39|
|Ch. 3||Logon scripts and scheduling||71|
|Ch. 4||Networking resources||107|
|Ch. 5||File operations||121|
|Ch. 6||Input/output streams||157|
|Ch. 7||Registry operations||175|
|Ch. 8||Regular expressions||195|
|Ch. 9||Application automation||215|
|Ch. 10||Network administration/WMI||249|
|Ch. 11||Internet applications||359|
|Ch. 12||Messaging operations||403|
|Ch. 13||Data access||477|
|Ch. 14||System administration||575|
|Ch. 15||Internet information server||655|
|Ch. 16||Exchange server||695|
Posted October 10, 2004
A major portion of the Total Cost of Ownership of a group of computers is the cost of the sysadmin who has to maintain them. Given Microsoft's dominance of the desktop, this book should be of interest to sysadmins or their supervisors. A little ironically, the material in the book tends towards a unix-type style of administration. As you may know, historically, unix machines predated any UI, and they still emphasise scripting languages for sysadmins to use and modify. These led to unix sysadmins having very powerful scripts that might be scheduled for regular, automated runs. Well, if you are a Microsoft syadmin, you probably started from and tend to stay within a UI. Which is great for manual tasks. But here, Borge shows how you can hone your skills at the command line, and why this is vital for automating common tasks. Of course, the book is not entirely about scripting. But I'm giving you the gist. The promise of the book is that it can round out and enhance your skills in this important direction. Plus the book also opens up another opportunity. If you get comfortable enough at the command line with writing scripts and using them, then a sideways shift into running unix/linux machines is not that difficult. At a fundamental level, the ideas discussed in the book tend to have similar implementations under unix. So the book can expand your career prospects, and not just in the obvious way indicated by the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.