About the Author William R. Stanek (firstname.lastname@example.org) has an MS degree in information systems and over 15 years' hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He is a leading network technology expert and an award-winning author. He is also a regular contributor to leading publications like PC Magazine, in which you'll often find his work in the "Solutions" section. He has written, co-authored, or contributed to over 20 computer books. Current or upcoming books include Windows NT Scripting Administrator's Guide, Microsoft Windows 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, FrontPage 2000 Unleashed, Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, and Netscape Guide to the Mozilla Source Code. William is proud to have served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. He flew on numerous combat missions into Iraq and was awarded nine medals for his wartime service, including one of the United States of America's highest flying honors, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Currently, he resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three children.
Windows 2000 Scripting Bibleby William R. Stanek
If Windows scripts can do it, you can do it too Windows scripting gives you the power to automate most routine network tasks. This comprehensive guide shows you how to harness today's cutting-edge scripting techniques and double, triple, even quadruple your productivity as an administrator. From Windows Scripting Host fundamentals to nuts-and-bolts
If Windows scripts can do it, you can do it too Windows scripting gives you the power to automate most routine network tasks. This comprehensive guide shows you how to harness today's cutting-edge scripting techniques and double, triple, even quadruple your productivity as an administrator. From Windows Scripting Host fundamentals to nuts-and-bolts advice on scripts for user account configuration, data retrieval, system analysis, and more, master scripter William R. Stanek shows you step-by-step how to become a Windows scripting pro. Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Windows Scripting
- Master VBScript and JScript essentials, from arrays and operators to conditional statements
- Learn the ins and outs of scripting engines and the Windows Scripting Host architecture
- Find real-world tips on scripts that read or write to files, manage drives and printers, configure menus, and work with the Registry
- Save time with scripts for network tasks, logon/logoff operations, and other routines
- Use Active Directory Services scripting to manage accounts, systems, and services
- Take advantage of COM scripting to build spreadsheets, animate charts, access databases, and more
- Work with library utilities to automate scripts for everything from file management to network administration
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It is one of two scripting books I use all the time. I used it when I was starting out with windows scriptting and I still use it. I've found it to be excellent, definitely for beginning to advanced. If you're already a scripting expert you don't need the book. You probably don't need anybook if your an expert on this. Chapter by chapter the book works through windows scripting Chapter 1 introduces windows scripting. It shows you the key objects for wsh, vbscript and jscript. The coverage of both vbscript and jscript is unique to this book. Stanek does an excellent job of providing every script in both. Chapter 2/3 introduce vbscript and jscript. They are a perfrect primer for newbies as I was and I've used them as refreshers lately. Chapter 4 covers techniques for creating script files. i found the discussion on using multiple scripts in a single file and script jobs to be particularly useful as was the discussion on using external objects and type libraries. Chapter 5 covers essentials in both vbscript and jscript. Chapter 6 covers i/o and error handling. Great discussion on input boxes, text boxes and popups. Excellent discussion on error handling, particularly with technqiues for throwing errors in jscript. Chapter 7 covers the FSO. It shows how to examine, create, add, remove folders and files. Good discussion on special files and moving files/folders. Chapter 8 covers reading and writing files. The discussion is made more valuable as it is in both vbscript and jscript as are all examples. Chapter 9 covers managing printers, mapping network drives, and working with disk drives. Solid example scripts on obtaining drive information and formatting in useful way. Good discussion on mapping network printers. Chapter 10 covers managing the menu system. It shows how to manipulate shortcuts, update menus, add startup applications. Chapter 11 covers the registry and event logs. It shows you how to read/write registry keys and values, how to modify existing keys and values. Excellent follow on discussion on controlling WINS and DHCP from the regisry. Very thorough script examples on working with the event logs and generating event logs reports. 3-page sample script on creating HTML reports. It works wonderfully, and there's a detailed examination of how it works. Chapter 12 covers scheduling scripts from the command line. It focuses on Task Scheduler and AT but doesn't cover the new schtasks. The most interesting part of the discussion is on schediling tasks and then logging success or failure in the event logs. Provides a 3-page scheduling manager script for managing multiple scripts on multiple systems. Chapter 13 covers startup, shutdown, logon, logoff scripts. Good detail on how group policy works and how the scripts are applied. Chapter 14-15 cover ADSI and ADSI schema scripting in extensive detail. It is a good primer on all the possibilities. Chapter 16 covers using ADSI to examine and work with computer and account settings. Shows how to set domain account policies, local computer properties. The best discussion is on creating and modifying user accounts. Listing locked and disabled accounts, and then unlocking and enabling them. Provides a 3-page script called account management. Shows how to track group membership and change group membership. Chapter 17 covers managing windows services, viewing memory/RAM usage. As throughout the book very complete tables on the options and services available. Detailed discussion on viewing service settings and depencies from scripts. 3-page script called the service troubleshooter helps solve service problems. Quite possibly the basis for 'Restart Service' feature in W2k3. 5-page script called service manager controls shows how to control services. Completes with managing open resources and user sessions. 2-page script called share usage provides excellent tool for chekcing open resources and sessions. Chapter 18 covers shared folde
For scripting this is the best book I've ever found. I use it all the time at work. I would say that there are some newer books but none as good. This focussed on what counts.
A must have for any win2k administrator. Nicely written and easy to understand. Comes with examples that you can use and tells you how to create your own scripts. Great resource.