Windows XP Under the Hood: Hardcore Windows Scripting and Command Line Power

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Get ready to roll up those shirtsleeves, pop the hood, and get a little Windows grime under those fingernails! This is a book about tools, nuts and bolts. Through lucid tutorials and examples, Windows XP Under the Hood shows how to use scripting and batch tools to automate repetitive tasks. You'll master the gory details of the automation, management, command-line and diagnostic tools that are often given short shrift in both online documentation and standard end-user books. Then, the detailed reference sections ...

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Overview

Get ready to roll up those shirtsleeves, pop the hood, and get a little Windows grime under those fingernails! This is a book about tools, nuts and bolts. Through lucid tutorials and examples, Windows XP Under the Hood shows how to use scripting and batch tools to automate repetitive tasks. You'll master the gory details of the automation, management, command-line and diagnostic tools that are often given short shrift in both online documentation and standard end-user books. Then, the detailed reference sections will keep you coming back time and again. This book will help you make the leap from accomplished user to bona fide Windows hero.

  • Finally, a hardcore Windows book that digs into the XP interface while not putting the reader to sleep! Lively and written for Windows mechanics who live for more power.
  • Learn how to create and deploy tools to manage your computers and networks. Here you'll find a straightforward introduction to scripting with VBScript, coverage of dozens of powerful programming and management objects, and from-the-trenches advice on distributing and managing your new toolkit.
  • Learn how to master the Command Line. Many books cover Windows Script Host, but none of the others address the powerful and still-useful batch file language and command-line utilities.
  • Clear, practical examples show how each scripting object, batch file or command line utility can change lives, make the dog behave, and eliminate bad hair days.
  • Although Microsoft provides the tools, users are hard pressed to find much-if any-documentation on these tools. Rather than learning by osmosis, we suggest that you pick up a copy of this indispensable book.
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Command lines. Batch files. Scripting. This stuff may not come to mind when you think about Windows. Pity. It’s all there, and it can give Windows administrators power beyond their wildest imaginations. In Windows XP Under the Hood, Brian Knittel exposes Windows XP’s grubby, non-graphical underbelly -- and shows you how to twist and tweak Windows to your will.

Knittel begins with Windows Script Host and VBScript, which let you control and automate virtually every aspect of Windows, from the registry to networking. He introduces Windows Management Interface (WMI), which lets you peer into the inner workings of any Windows system, remotely monitor settings, and change everything from device drivers to applications. Next, Knittel shows how to write scripts that work on Active Directory, automating a wide range of system maintenance tasks.

For those who remember MS-DOS, get this: Not only are batch files still around, Microsoft has just upgraded the Windows batch language. Knittel shows you how to make the most of it. Then, in Part III, he unearths some powerful Windows utilities for networking, maintenance, diagnosis, and more. You just won’t find this stuff in your run-of-the-mill Windows book. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789727336
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 8/10/2002
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Knittel is a longtime Windows author. He is a software developer, consultant, and writer, specializing in document conversion and networking. After finishing graduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley (where he studied nuclear medicine), he established a technical consulting firm in Berkeley. Brian is also the author of Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, and Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Professional, all published by Que.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Scripting
1 Introduction to Windows Script Host 9
2 VBScript Tutorial 43
3 Scripting and Objects 83
4 File and Registry Access 113
5 Network and Printer Objects 191
6 Messaging Objects 215
7 Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) 259
8 Active Directory Scripting Interface (ADSI) 297
9 Creating Your Own Scriptable Objects 349
10 Deploying Scripts for Computer and Network Management 379
II The Command-Line Environment
11 The CMD Command-Line Environment 435
12 Batch Files for Fun and Profit 489
13 The MS-DOS Environment Under Windows XP 519
14 Command-Line Programs 539
III Appendixes
A VBScript Reference 593
B Object Reference 623
C WSF and WSC File Format Reference 641
D CMD and Batch File Language Reference 647
E Windows XP Program Reference 657
F Index of Patterns and Sample Programs 667
Index 673
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