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VBScript, WMI, and ADSI Unleashed: Using VBScript, WMI, and ADSI to Automate Windows Administration [Paperback]

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24 May 2007 0321501713 978-0321501714 2

If you’re a Windows administrator, scripting expertise can liberate you from boring, repetitive work–so you can take on the sophisticated, high-value projects you really want. Top scripting guru Don Jones has written the definitive administrator’s guide to getting results with Microsoft’s key scripting technologies: VBScript, WMI, and ADSI.

 

Jones draws on his unsurpassed experience training Windows administrators in conferences, classes, and from his enormously popular site, ScriptingAnswers.com.

 

You’ll learn how to use VBScript, WMI, and ADSI to gain administrative control over nearly every aspect of every recent Windows server or client, including Windows Server 2003, Vista, XP, 2000, and NT. As you gain experience, Jones introduces more advanced techniques, ranging from modular scripting and script encryption to integrating VBScript with HTML code.

 

Jones concludes with a full section of ready-to-run, real-world examples–from logon/logoff scripts to automated domain and network administration, from querying WMI to creating Active Directory groups. Every script is explained line-by-line, with challenging techniques described in even greater detail.

 

Detailed information on how to…

 

  • Decide what you can script: a framework for getting started fast
  • Understand how scripts are designed, assembled, and run
  • Master VBScript from start to finish: functions, I/O, data manipulation, program flow, and much more
  • Use scripting objects for tasks ranging from retrieving network information to mapping drives
  • Utilize FileSystemObject to manipulate the Windows filesystem
  • Write ADSI scripts to manipulate any directory service your company uses, from Active Directory to Novell NDS
  • Modify domain information, users, groups, and policies
  • Query WMI information–from basic to advanced
  • Plan for errors, and test and debug your scripts
  • Build your own “resource kit” of reusable script components

 

ON THE WEB:

Download all examples and source code presented in this book from ScriptingAnswers.com, where you’ll also be able to post follow-up questions directly to the author in a moderated, active community.

 

Introduction 1

 

Part I: Introduction to Windows Administrative Scripting 11

Chapter 1: Scripting Concepts and Terminology 13

Chapter 2: Running Scripts 21

Chapter 3: The Components of a Script 39

Chapter 4: Designing a Script 55

 

Part II: VBScript Tutorial 73

Chapter 5: Functions, Objects, Variables, and More 75

Chapter 6: Input and Output 101

Chapter 7: Manipulating Numbers 115

Chapter 8: Manipulating Strings 129

Chapter 9: Manipulating Other Types of Data 145

Chapter 10: Controlling the Flow of Execution 155

Chapter 11: Built-In Scripting Objects 173

Chapter 12: Working with the File System 193

Chapter 13: Putting It All Together: Creating Your First Script from Scratch 219

 

Part III: Windows Management Instrumentation and Active Directory Services Interface 245

Chapter 14: Working with ADSI Providers 247

Chapter 15: Manipulating Domains 257

Chapter 16: Manipulating Users and Groups 271

Chapter 17: Understanding WMI 283

Chapter 18: Querying Basic WMI Information 299

Chapter 19: Querying Complex WMI Information 317

Chapter 20: Putting It All Together: Your First WMI/ADSI Script 335

Chapter 21: Testing and Debugging WMI and ADSI Queries 357

 

Part IV: Advanced Scripting Techniques 371

Chapter 22: Modular Script Programming 373

Chapter 23: Scripts Packaging and Protection 389

Chapter 24: Scripting Security 399

Chapter 25: Introduction to HTML Applications 409

Chapter 26: Debugging Tips, Tools, and Techniques 421

 

Part V: Ready-to-Run Examples 437

Chapter 27: Logon and Logoff Scripts 439

Chapter 28: Windows and Domain Administration Scripts 455

Chapter 29: Network Administration Scripts 481

Chapter 30: WMI and ADSI Scripts 497

 

Appendix 509

Index 523

.


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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 2 edition (24 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321501713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321501714
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.1 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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If you’re a Windows administrator, scripting expertise can liberate you from boring, repetitive work–so you can take on the sophisticated, high-value projects you really want. Top scripting guru Don Jones has written the definitive administrator’s guide to getting results with Microsoft’s key scripting technologies: VBScript, WMI, and ADSI.

 

Jones draws on his unsurpassed experience training Windows administrators in conferences, classes, and from his enormously popular site, ScriptingAnswers.com.

 

You’ll learn how to use VBScript, WMI, and ADSI to gain administrative control over nearly every aspect of every recent Windows server or client, including Windows Server 2003, Vista, XP, 2000, and NT. As you gain experience, Jones introduces more advanced techniques, ranging from modular scripting and script encryption to integrating VBScript with HTML code.

 

Jones concludes with a full section of ready-to-run, real-world examples–from logon/logoff scripts to automated domain and network administration, from querying WMI to creating Active Directory groups. Every script is explained line-by-line, with challenging techniques described in even greater detail.

 

Detailed information on how to…

 

  • Decide what you can script: a framework for getting started fast
  • Understand how scripts are designed, assembled, and run
  • Master VBScript from start to finish: functions, I/O, data manipulation, program flow, and much more
  • Use scripting objects for tasks ranging from retrieving network information to mapping drives
  • Utilize FileSystemObject to manipulate the Windows filesystem
  • Write ADSI scripts to manipulate any directory service your company uses, from Active Directory to Novell NDS
  • Modify domain information, users, groups, and policies
  • Query WMI information–from basic to advanced
  • Plan for errors, and test and debug your scripts
  • Build your own “resource kit” of reusable script components

 

ON THE WEB:

Download all examples and source code presented in this book from ScriptingAnswers.com, where you’ll also be able to post follow-up questions directly to the author in a moderated, active community.

 

Introduction 1

 

Part I: Introduction to Windows Administrative Scripting 11

Chapter 1: Scripting Concepts and Terminology 13

Chapter 2: Running Scripts 21

Chapter 3: The Components of a Script 39

Chapter 4: Designing a Script 55

 

Part II: VBScript Tutorial 73

Chapter 5: Functions, Objects, Variables, and More 75

Chapter 6: Input and Output 101

Chapter 7: Manipulating Numbers 115

Chapter 8: Manipulating Strings 129

Chapter 9: Manipulating Other Types of Data 145

Chapter 10: Controlling the Flow of Execution 155

Chapter 11: Built-In Scripting Objects 173

Chapter 12: Working with the File System 193

Chapter 13: Putting It All Together: Creating Your First Script from Scratch 219

 

Part III: Windows Management Instrumentation and Active Directory Services Interface 245

Chapter 14: Working with ADSI Providers 247

Chapter 15: Manipulating Domains 257

Chapter 16: Manipulating Users and Groups 271

Chapter 17: Understanding WMI 283

Chapter 18: Querying Basic WMI Information 299

Chapter 19: Querying Complex WMI Information 317

Chapter 20: Putting It All Together: Your First WMI/ADSI Script 335

Chapter 21: Testing and Debugging WMI and ADSI Queries 357

 

Part IV: Advanced Scripting Techniques 371

Chapter 22: Modular Script Programming 373

Chapter 23: Scripts Packaging and Protection 389

Chapter 24: Scripting Security 399

Chapter 25: Introduction to HTML Applications 409

Chapter 26: Debugging Tips, Tools, and Techniques 421

 

Part V: Ready-to-Run Examples 437

Chapter 27: Logon and Logoff Scripts 439

Chapter 28: Windows and Domain Administration Scripts 455

Chapter 29: Network Administration Scripts 481

Chapter 30: WMI and ADSI Scripts 497

 

Appendix 509

Index 523

.

About the Author

Don Jones is an internationally recognized scripting guru, speaker, and author. He serves as the Director of Projects and Services for SAPIEN Technologies, where his primary job is to drive the development of new products and services for Windows administrative scripting. Don is the founder of ScriptingAnswers.com, the web’s friendliest community for Windows scripting. Don has written more than 30 books on information technology, including Managing Windows with VBScript and WMI (Addison-Wesley; the first edition of this book), Windows Administrator’s Automation Toolkit (Microsoft Press), Advanced VBScript for Windows Administrators (Microsoft Press), and Windows PowerShell: TFM™ (SAPIEN Press). Don heads SAPIEN Technologies’ Las Vegas office, speaks at a half-dozen technical conferences each year, and contributes monthly content to Microsoft TechNet Magazine.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for desktop admins 27 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I come from a typical Windows desktop and server support background and have never got involved with writing scripts before but realised that we could automate a lot of the repetitive work we do on our desk. I bought this book as a complete scripting novice and it was absolutely brilliant! It takes you through from the real basics right through to the sort of thing I was wanting to achieve, such as automating AD user account creation and manipulating files programmatically. The author also has an enjoyable writing style so it wasn't the dry subject that it could easily have been. I really enjoyed reading the book. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to add another dimension to their support toolbox.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great help 2 Oct 2008
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I truly liked this book.

I've not read it cover to cover but I've used it as a reference and it's been a great help to write (and adapt) VBScripts for a wide range applications from Active Directory user-management to the creation of html-based signature files for use in Lotus Notes.

Easy step-by-step coverage of very advanced topics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book available on VBS 9 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
This is really a milestone for VBS Scripting. I own several books on VBS but this is the only that explains all easy to understand and in detail. I used it in several companies to implement scripts in different windows environments. The Kindle edition is much cheaper :) but not everyone likes electronic books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery, Systematic teaching 4 Jan 2014
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I just received it, my first book on VBScript. I did a lot of research before settling for this one. With quick glance through, I can see it is properly organised and simplistic in its delivery of concepts and techniques. I will enjoy learning VBscript using this.
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I purchased this book from Amazon, unfortunately there is no way to download the online content advertised with it.

Amazon were very helpful and prompt in refunding me for the purchase, but I would have preferred to have received what was advertised when I made my payment.
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