Microsoft Windows Scripting Self-Paced Learning Guide

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Automate everyday administrative tasks—and take greater control of your Windows networks—with this hands-on guide to scripting. Your instructor, a Microsoft Certified Trainer with more than a decade of enterprise consulting experience, expertly builds your scripting expertise with labs and lessons you complete at your own pace. From writing your first scripts from scratch with Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) and Windows Script Host (WSH)—to exploring the programmatic advantages of using ...

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Overview

Automate everyday administrative tasks—and take greater control of your Windows networks—with this hands-on guide to scripting. Your instructor, a Microsoft Certified Trainer with more than a decade of enterprise consulting experience, expertly builds your scripting expertise with labs and lessons you complete at your own pace. From writing your first scripts from scratch with Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) and Windows Script Host (WSH)—to exploring the programmatic advantages of using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Active Directory Service Interface (ADSI)—you’ll learn timesaving ways to set up, deploy, and manage your Windows-based systems.

Teach yourself how to write and run scripts to:

  • Automate folder and file management—including performing multiple functions-within a single script
  • Configure network components using WMI
  • Perform global—or select—changes to users and groups in Active Directory directory service using ADSI
  • Design logon scripts that increase system manageability and configurability
  • Monitor and manage printers
  • Edit the registry—avoiding common pitfalls
  • Track and respond to critical events
  • Simplify user management for Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Streamline IIS website administration—including creating consistent security configurations

PLUS—Get 100+ script samples on CD you can use or customize to help simplify the management of your system resources

Get 100+ sample scripts plus an eBook inside.

CD features:

  • More than 100 sample scripts to adapt for your own work
  • Timesaving scripting tools—including Script-o-Matic 1.0 and an evaluation version of PrimalScript
  • Fully searchable electronic version of the book

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Scripting is the best learning investment most Windows administrators can make. Now there’s practical, self-paced training built around your needs as a sysadmin.

Microsoft’s new package assumes no programming experience (though a little VB knowledge will help). Once you’ve walked through the basics -- for example, adding intelligence to your scripts -- you’ll dive right into real tasks.

Start by learning to manipulate folders and filesystems; then use WMI to report on devices, modify registry entries, and switch IP addresses. You’ll create logon scripts, configure networking, automate Active Directory tasks, even script IIS 6 and Exchange 2003.

It’s all hands-on: you learn through exercises, and there are more than 100 scripts on the accompanying CD-ROM. Learn this stuff, and start saving time -- big time. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735619814
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2004
  • Edition description: Book and CD
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,059,531
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Wilson is a well-known scripting expert who delivers popular scripting workshops to Microsoft customers and employees worldwide. He's written several books on Windows scripting, including Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices, Microsoft® Windows PowerShell Step By Step, and Microsoft VBScript Step by Step. Ed is a senior consultant at Microsoft Corporation and writes Hey, Scripting Guy!, one of the most popular TechNet blogs.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

About This Book

Part 1: Covering the Basics

Chapter 1: Starting from Scratch

Chapter 2: Getting in the Loop

Chapter 3: Adding Intelligence

Chapter 4: The Power of Many

Chapter 5: The Power of Many More

Part 2: Basic Windows Administration

Chapter 6: Working with the File System

Chapter 7: Fun with Folders

Chapter 8: Why Windows Management Instrumentation?

Chapter 9: WMI Continued

Chapter 10: Using WMI Queries

Part 3: Advanced Windows Administration

Chapter 11: Introduction to Active Directory Service Interfaces

Chapter 12: Reading and Writing for ADSI

Chapter 13: Searching Active Directory

Chapter 14: Configuring Networking Components

Chapter 15: Subs and Other Round Things

Chapter 16: Logon Scripts

Chapter 17: Working with the Registry

Chapter 18: Working with Printers

Part 4: Scripting Other Applications

Chapter 19: Managing IIS 6.0

Chapter 20: Working with Exchange 2003

Part 5: Appendices

Appendix A: VBScript Documentation

Appendix B: ADSI Documentation

Appendix C: WMI Documentation

Appendix D: Documentation Standards

About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    This is the book for learning VBScript

    I have tried on several times to learn vbscript, but the books were all confusing, and seemed to focus more on web than on things I needed as a network administrator. This book however, takes a different approach. The author seems to realize that network administrators do not have time for a lot of things not related to actually doing their job. This is what I wanted. Additionally, the book starts out with real scripts, not 'code snips' like you find in other books. This is a very important item to me, as it helps me see where in the script every thing goes. The book covers all of the major tasks that I needed to automate. Rather than learning VBScript from scratch, the book helps you write scripts the way network administrators actually work, ie. we are starting with code, and modifying it. This is not 'cheating' ... it is an intelligent approach. I really enjoyed the section when the book tied WMI, ADSI and VBscript together. This was exactly what I needed. Buy this book, you will be glad you did.

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