Microsoft Windows Scripting with WMI: Self-Paced Learning Guide

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Learn how to automate Windows administration with this hands-on guide from a scripting expert. Go beyond simple queries and get the inside track on how to write system administration scripts with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)-straight from a Microsoft scripting expert. With labs and lessons you complete at your own pace, this definitive tutorial helps you build your scripting expertise and provides the professional guidance you need to automate Windows administrative tasks. Teach yourself how to write ...

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Overview

Learn how to automate Windows administration with this hands-on guide from a scripting expert. Go beyond simple queries and get the inside track on how to write system administration scripts with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)-straight from a Microsoft scripting expert. With labs and lessons you complete at your own pace, this definitive tutorial helps you build your scripting expertise and provides the professional guidance you need to automate Windows administrative tasks. Teach yourself how to write and run scripts to: *Configure WMI-without editing the registry *Audit and inventory software on local or remote desktops and servers *Manage system components, including keyboards, motherboards, disk drives, and printers *Monitor and report on real-time changes in system performance and respond to critical events *Configure network components *Test security access rights and make changes to one or multiple systems And learn how to: *Test, diagnose, and resolve errors with WMI *Back-up and restore the registry *PLUS-Get more than 900 script samples that you can use to help simply the management of your system resources CD-ROM features: *More than 900 sample scripts to adapt for your own work *Time-saving scripting tools-including Script-o-Matic 2.0 and WMIcheck *Fully searchable eBook

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If you’re an overworked Windows administrator, mastering WMI will help you restore sanity to your life. This self-paced learning guide will help you use WMI to script practically any Windows management task, whether it touches disks, logs, files, folders, networking, OS settings, processes, registries, services, shares, users, groups, or anything else.

Twenty-nine labs offer plenty of hands-on practice: All the sample scripts are on CD-ROM. You’ll start off with simple WMI queries and events, then move through WMI’s classes for working with hardware, Windows itself, performance monitoring, and more. There’s a thorough introduction to WMI troubleshooting, plus essential coverage of WMI security -- everything from security descriptors and access masks to share-level permissions. Nowadays, WMI is pretty much an essential skill for Windows admins, and there’s no easier way to pick it up. Bill Camarda, from the December 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735622319
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 11/23/2005
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.21 (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

1 Introducing WMI 3
2 Configuring WMI 29
3 Using basic WMI queries 55
4 Using advanced WMI queries 81
5 Using WMI events 103
6 Using the SWbemLocator methods 123
7 Requesting additional privileges for WMI 139
8 Understanding WMI classes 157
9 Using Win32 WMI classes 173
10 Using system hardware classes 189
11 Using operating system classes 221
12 Using the performance counter classes 255
13 Understanding WMI security 273
14 Troubleshooting WMI 291
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2006

    Great book for anyone wishing to learn WMI.

    This book is highly recommended to anyone who wishes to learn WMI. It is easy to read and follow with various labs and examples. This book is great for both experienced administrators and those who are fairly new to scripting in general.

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