Windows Admin Scripting Little Black Book , 3rd Edition, shows Windows users and administrators how to perform Windows management and administrative tasks using powerful scripts for just about every important task imaginable. It covers techniques for working with files, input/output, text files, and performing various network administrative tasks through scripting. It presents the necessity of logon scripts, the backbone structure of a good logon script, and how to implement these scripts in an everyday environment to automate repetitive tasks such as inventory, file modifications, installations, and system updates. It also provides an in-depth look into the registry and registry editing tools including locating the important registry keys and values, and modifying them.
The book features example scripts on every new topic covered to reinforce what the reader has just learned. Key scripting topics include manipulating the Windows XP file system, using powerful third-party scripting tools, creating scripts for installing service packs and new applications, automating applications from the command line, and setting up security features for Windows XP. Everything is included in this book, and users can easily modify or combine the scripts to perform myriad tasks. And the author has included all the scripts on his website for easy reference.
About the Author
Torres is an IT consultant specializing in enterprise management and administration, with over 10 years' experience in the government, corporate, and private sectors. He has extensive experience in process analysis and automation. He is an MCSE.
Table of ContentsChapter 1: Scripting Workstation Setups
Chapter 2: Scripting Installations and Updates
Chapter 3: File Management
Chapter 4: Automating Windows and Applications
Chapter 5: Inside the Registry
Chapter 6: Local System Management
Chapter 7: Remote System Management
Chapter 8: Enterprise Management
Chapter 9: Managing Inventory
Chapter 10: Security
Chapter 11: Logging and Alerting
Chapter 12: Logon Scripts
Chapter 13: Backups and Scheduling
Chapter 14: Fun with Multimedia
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Are you a novice or an experienced administrator or scripter? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Jesse M Torres, has done an outstanding job of writing a third edition of a book that is specifically designed to teach you how to quickly turn routine, repetitive, time-consuming, or complex administrative tasks into simple scripts. Torres, begins by providing you with an introduction to the four major scripting methods discussed throughout the book. Then, the author covers how to automate hard disk setups and imaging. Next, he covers how to automate installations and updates. The author then covers how to automate file manipulation and management. He continues by covering how to automate the operating system and its applications. Then, the author discusses how to automate changes to the registry. Next, he shows you how to control and automate local system changes. The author then shows you how to control and automate remote systems. He continues by showing you how to automate enterprise management. Next, he covers how to gather inventory information without the use of expensive management systems. The author then shows you how to control and automate remote systems. He continues by covering how to log system events and alert users when events occur. Then, the author shows you how to create and use logon scripts to standardize your environment. Next, he covers how to automate backups and scheduling tasks or scripts. Then, the author shows you how to automate the core tasks for administrating a SQL server. Next, he covers how to control Microsoft Exchange, mailboxes, and contracts through scripting. The author then shows you how to play and control multimedia files using simple scripts. Finally, he covers scripting techniques specifically designed for the new features of Windows XP/2003. This most excellent book is free of generic filler material. More importantly, this book also provides in-depth coverage of scripting for Windows 2000, XP and 2003.
This book is one of the better scripting books I've seen in a while. Includes new scripting techniques and examples for Windows 2003 and XP. Each example is presented in atleast 3 different scripting languages (batch, kixtart, and windows script host), which I have never seen any other book do. I also like how it shows how to script applications (all offfice applications, internet explorer, media player, ghost, antivirus, etc). A+
An excellent reference for both novice and experienced adminstrators. Includes topics on automating every day tasks and provides a collection of building blocks to create powerful scripts.
This book is pretty good, and has TONS of usable examples. My only complaint is that there is no CD. Probably would have caused the price of the book to be higher too. Oh well, good book anyway!
I've never seen a book like this! This guy must be and admin because everything here is what I do on a daily basis. Managing user/groups, inventory, imaging, messaging - you name - its in here. And since my job is forcing Windows 2000 down my throat, its great that this book covers Windows 9x/ME/NT and 2000!!! Also whats the other cool part is that I just bought it for Windows Scripting Host and know I can learn Kixstart and shell scripting all in the same shot! Definately worth it!
For all of us who have to gather commands and keystrokes, and do them again some time, this is the book to get. Logically organized and presented, this book will give you the starting point for just about any automated scripting task you have to take on. Get it as a reference book to look up how to do specific scripting tasks, or just browse through it, and you're bound to come across something that you had never even considered automating.
Summed in one sentence: YOU HAVE TO GET THIS BOOK!!! I have bought about 3 other over-priced scripting books, and they are so fluffed with fillers. Briefly: - Covers Windows Script Host, KiXtart, Shell Scripting, AutoIt, ScriptIt, and more. - First book to cover and actually explain WMI and ADSI scripting. - Packed with examples that administrators will use daily! - Great for begginers (both to administrating, Windows 2000, and scripting). - First book I actually read front to back! This book isn't filled with examples like 'writing HELLO WORLD', but with awesome ones like 'Automating installs, updating antivirus files, creating logon scripts'. I am gonna start using them at work and pass them off as my own. To the author: One sentence - YOU ROCK!