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Advanced VBScript for Microsoft® Windows® Administrators (Pro Other) [Paperback]

Don Jones , Jeffrey Hicks
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5 Feb 2006 0735622442 978-0735622449 1

Take ultimate control of system administration by learning advanced scripting techniques from two experts. Experienced Windows script-writers can move beyond the basics with hands-on instruction, advanced techniques, and best practices for using Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) as an enterprise-level administrative tool. You also get ready-to-use scripts and an eBook on CD.

Discover how to:

  • Build your own scripting components and libraries
  • Use digital signatures and certificates to create security-enhanced scripts
  • Retrieve information from Active Directory with advanced ADSI techniques
  • Manage your Windows environment with advanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) techniques
  • Use scripts to back up, copy, restore, and set permissions for your Group Policy environment
  • Write scripts to access databases with ADO
  • Build hypertext applications for script graphical interfaces
  • Develop scripts that work with Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Operations Manager
  • Exploit the scripting updates for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003

CD features:

  • More than 100 sample scripts to adapt for your own work
  • Fully searchable eBook

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (5 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735622442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735622449
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 18.6 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don Jones is a PowerShell MVP, writes the PowerShell column for Microsoft TechNet Magazine, and blogs about PowerShell for A top-rated speaker and trainer, Don developed PowerShell courseware for Microsoft and other companies, and has taught PowerShell to more than 20,000 IT pros.

Jeffery Hicks is a senior network engineer with Visory Group and President and Principal Consultant of JDH Information Technology Solutions. He has 15 years’ experience in the IT industry and regularly contributes to several IT community Web sites.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll script like Magic afterwards 18 Nov 2009
This is the most amazing book on Scripting that I have ever come. If you already know scripting, this is for you but if you don't don't bother buying this until you are well versed with VB Scripting and have a bit of experience. The book doesn't cover any basics and is only for Experienced Windows Administrators who would be amazed at the techniques taught by the author. It has actually helped me implement some good scripts an my organisation and saved me tons of effort had I not had this. The technologies covered in Scripting by this book are - VBS, COM, WSH, Database, Active Directory, ADSI, WMI, Advanced scripting with XP and Windows 2003, Exchange, Virtual Server. Too good to resist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers what it promises 10 Mar 2006
By Jase T. Wolfe - Published on
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It never ceases to amaze me how many scripting books, including this one, start off telling you that you should already have intermediate to advanced scripting skills before you read, yet spend an initial chapter explaining what an array or an object is. It leaves me feeling that their definition of what "advanced" is will differ greatly from mine. I am also always a little dismayed when throughout, a book plugs a costly script development studio and spends time pointing out why your chosen script editor isn't good enough for your projects.

That said, Advanced VBScript delivers what it promises. It is written for intermediate to advanced scripters and has the primary goal of introducing scripting formats, utilities, objects and processes that might otherwise be overlooked. The beginning introduces you to the WSF XML format for scripts, why you would want to use it, and how to convert your existing scripts to this format. From there you are shown how to utilize scripts as COM objects, how to add an interface to your scripts via HTML and HTA applications, performing remote scripting, and expand your scripts ability using database, ADSI, WMI components. The last section focuses on working with Exchange 2003, MOM 2005 and Virtual Server 2005. At around 500 pages, the book is certainly not an exhaustive reference for each component examined. You are provided a good introduction and general instructions to the topic, given many recipe scripts for immediate inclusion in your environment, and then provided additional detail on where to go to focus on the topic.

The book is formatted to not only be a start to finish textbook, but also serve as an excellent reference guide for the introduced components later on. Although you may find similar scripting information scattered about other VBScript books, here you have a great deal of well presented topics that cover a broad spectrum of concepts. Inclusion of this title to your reference library will provide you the information you need while keeping your bookshelf compact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a truly advanced scripting book for VBScript 20 Feb 2006
By Alan Finn - Published on
Having worked with VBScript for a little over four years I am by no means an expert; however, I feel that my experience does give me somewhat of an advanced applied knowledge of scripting. I was pretty skeptical when I saw the word "Advanced" in the title, but this book laid all my concerns to rest in the early chapters.

The book begins with securing (including digital certs and policies) and encoding scripts as well as listing some nice techniques for implementing alternate credentials in WMI and ADSI. For me personally, the real meat and potatoes of the book was the copious information pertaining to working with WSF and WSC files. Don and Jeffrey take the time to detail the reasons behind XML functionality as well as it's application within the scripted files. These guys clear up a lot of questions on these two subjects and how to package your scripts using these technologies. They wrap up the package peice with explanations around HTA's and form controls in HTML scripts.

The book moves on to cover topics such as ADSI and ADO scripting, working with WshController and remote scripts, WMI and WQL classes and techniques, and different applicable real world examples. All this information is then wrapped up with tidbits of using scripting editors to debug, sign, and package your scripts as well the wizards (WMI, ADSI, WSF, etc) and other tools available to make scripting easier.

I've obtained quite a few VBScript books over the years and this one is by far the only one dedicated to truly advanced VBScripting. If you are new to scripting with VBScript, you might want to start with another book geared to learning the methods, properties, classes, etc of the syntax and the technologies it can use. While this book does offer great explanations on advanced topics, you really need to have a solid background in scripting before you read it.

Thumbs up! Highly recommended bang for the buck!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as they say 2 May 2006
By MGMcd - Published on
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This is an excellent follow on book to "Microsoft Windows 2000 Scripting Guide," ISBN: 0735618674, which was my previous bible. I had long ago advanced past much of what is written in that excellent foundation book for VBScript, and this advanced volume really fills in the gaps. After purchasing numerous VB and VBA references that are nothing more than syntax libraries, I feel I finally have the big picture on the capabilities of this technology with this book. It is all clear.

Combined with the Windows Internals book, I don't think there is anything I couldn't do now that I had wanted to do with this technology previously. The chapters on scripting database connections and HTAs are worth the price alone. If you do any serious scripting work, this book is the true capstone. And who else could publish such a book than the horse's mouth itself?
4.0 out of 5 stars Expands your VBScript competence, however easy to read and coherent organized 27 May 2014
By Harald Posingies - Published on
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This book meets what can be expected after reading title and introduction: a book for Microsoft Windows administrators who have intermediate to advanced scripting skills, covering pretty much all important tasks they well may be faced with some time, either to manage them generally, to manage them in an alternative way or to manage them - I say so - in a more professional manner. (For example, think of: packaging scripts using the Windows Script File XML structure, providing scripts with a user interface by means of HTML formatting, or utilizing WMI event scripting.)
The authors succeeded in quickly familiarizing me with techniques I only read about superficially somewhere else before. Readers, whose native language is not English (this applies to me, too), take advantage of clearly structured text and a neatly writing style.
What I missed repeatedly was additional, deepening information about certain topics. But what if the authors had met this wish? Then the book would have been at least twice as thick. And I assume that the authors tried to avoid this: they provide everything what is necessary to perform major administrative tasks as well as tasks which one possibly had no idea how to approach before. If you miss some constants or need more details now and then, resort to the MSDN Library. If you want to become an ADSI scripting guru for example, you are free to get appropriate further reading.
Just the fact that this book is now eight years old prevents me from awarding the best possible rating (Windows XP is considered the most recent version of Windows, and some URLs are invalid in the meantime).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good book 21 April 2014
By talkinghead - Published on
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Author provided a clear outline of VB Script including some really good examples. Definitely worth reading if you're new to VB.
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