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THE ONLY HANDS-ON, UP-TO-DATE GUIDE TO VBSCRIPT, THE WINDOWS COMMAND LINE, AND WINDOWS POWERSHELL

Windows 7 and Vista contain state-of-the-art tools for streamlining or automating virtually any system management task. If you’re a power user, administrator, or developer, these tools can help you eliminate repetitive work and manage your systems far more reliably and effectively.

 

Renowned Windows expert Brian Knittel brings together the practical knowledge you need to use all these tools, including VBScript and Windows Scripting Host (WSH), traditional batch files, the advanced PowerShell command console, and more. Using plenty of examples, Knittel explains how each tool works, and how to solve real-world problems with them.

 

You’ll master techniques ranging from accessing files to manipulating the Registry, sending automated emails to configuring new users. Knittel also provides concise, handy references to Windows 7/Vista’s command line, GUI scripting, and object-based management tools.

 

The only single-source guide to all leading methods of Windows scripting and automation, this book will help you get far more done–in far less time!

  •    Understand Windows Scripting Host (WSH) and the modern Windows scripting environment
  •    Script objects with VBScript, JScript, ActivePerl, and ActivePython
  •    Read and write files, including XML and HTML files
  •    Manipulate programs and shortcuts
  •    Manage network, printer, and fax connections
  •    Make the most of PowerShell under Windows 7 and Vista
  •    Monitor and administer Windows systems with Windows Management Interface (WMI)
  •    Use ADSI to control Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange, and manage users more efficiently
  •    Avoid mistakes that can compromise script security
  •    Use Windows’ debugging tools to test and troubleshoot scripts
  •    Develop batch files that take full advantage of the command line
  •    Send faxes and email messages from scripts with Windows Fax and Collaboration Data Objects (CDO)
  •    Deploy your scripts throughout your organization

 

Brian Knittel has been a software developer for more than 30 years. He has coauthored five

titles in Que’s Special Edition Using series, covering Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, and 2000.

He is also author of Windows XP Under the Hood, and coauthor of Upgrading and Repairing Windows (with Scott Mueller).

 

 

 

Book News Annotation:

This guide to scripting and automation operations on the latest versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system presents task-based instruction for accessing powerful tools only available through the command line interface. The work is divided into sections covering Windows Script Host, the command line environment and PowerShell and a collection of appendices contain syntactic reference material. Chapters cover such individual topics as file and registry access, network and printer objects, Active Directory scripting, batch files, command line utilities and Vbscript. The work is intended for intermediate Windows "power users" and contains extensive code examples. Access to substantial additional online content is provided. Knittel is an experienced software developer and the author of several works on the Microsoft Windows operating system. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The addition of the mouse and the Graphical User Interface made the computer accessible to many more people than would have been possible otherwise. Still, "pointing and clicking" can be tedious when performing routine or repetitive tasks. Just as people learn to use menu shortcuts (the Alt key) to save time, savvy users and administrators learn to write batch files and scripts to avoid having to type the same commands over and over. Scripts save time, increase accuracy, and serve as documentation to boot. Windows 7 and Windows Vista come with scripting, batch file, and command line tools that can make a power user or administrator's life easier - if she or he knows what they are and how to use them. However, a general lack of information and awareness prevent their widespread use. Most current Windows users have no idea how powerful and effective these tools can be. The new scripting languages are a mystery to most Windows users. And, in Windows 7, most command line tools aren't even discussed in the Windows Help system. Microsoft has released a completely new scripting and command line environment called the Windows PowerShell, but few users are aware of its existence, let alone its power and potential.

About the Author

Brian Knittel has been a software developer for more than 20 years. He has co-authored five titles in Que's Special Edition Using series, covering Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, and 2000. He also co-authored Upgrading and Repairing Windows with Scott Mueller, and is the author of Windows XP Under the Hood. Brian lives in Oakland, California, and spends his free time restoring antique computers, snowboarding, and trying to perfect his wood-fired pizza recipes.

Table of Contents

Section I - Scripting with Windows Script Host

1 Windows Script Host

 What Is a Windows Script?

 Scripting Languages

 A Simple Script

 Script Files

 Running Scripts

 Security Concerns

 Debugging Scripts

 Where to Get More Information

2 VBScript Tutorial

 Introduction to VBScript

 Flow Control

 VBScript Functions

 Interacting with the User

 Advanced VBScript Topics

 Where To Go From Here

3 Scripting and Objects

 Introduction to Objects

 Using Objects with VBScript

 Using Objects with JScript

 Using Objects with ActivePerl

 Using Objects with ActivePython

 Using Objects with Object REXX

 Using the WScript Object

 Locating and Using Unusual Objects

4 File and Registry Access

 Getting Real Work Done

 Manipulating Files and Folders

 Reading and Writing Files

 Reading and Writing XML and HTML

 Manipulating Programs and Shortcuts

 Working with the Environment

 Working with the Registry

5 Network and Printer Objects

 Managing Network and Printer Connections

 Displaying Network User Information

 Managing Drive Mappings

 Managing Network Printer Connections

 Printing from Scripts

6 Messaging Objects

 Sending E-mail from Scripts

 The CDO Object Model

 Sending a Message with CDO

7 Windows Management Interface (WMI)

 Introduction to Windows Management Instrumentation

 Enabling WMI on your Network's Computers

 Making WMI Connections

 WMI Collections and Queries

 WMI Applications

 For More Information

8 Active Directory Scripting Interface (ADSI)

 Managing the User Directory

 ADSI Concepts

 ADSI Objects for the WinNT: Provider

 IIS and Exchange

 Managing Active Directory

 Active Directory Objects

 Developing ADSI Scripts

 For More Information

9 Creating Your Own Scriptable Objects

 Why Create Your Own Objects?

 Programming Language Options

 Creating Objects with WSC Files

 Using the Windows Script Component Wizard

 WSC File Format Reference

 Creating a WSC Component

 Creating a Practical Object

10 Deploying Scripts for Administration and Management

 Using Scripts in the Real World

 Using WSF Files

 Deploying Scripts on a Network

 Creating Simple Installation Programs with IExpress

 Writing Scripts to Manage Other Computers

 Scripting Security Issues

 Setting Up Logon Scripts

Scheduling Scripts to Run Automatically

Section II - The Command Line Environment

11 The CMD Command Line Shell

 The Command Prompt

 Command-Line Processing

 Configuring the CMD Program

 Built-in Commands

 Running CMD

 Getting More Information

12 Batch Files for Fun and Profit

 Why Batch Files?

 Creating and Using Batch Files

 Batch File Programming

 Displaying Information in Batch Files

 Argument Substitution

 Argument Editing

 Conditional Processing with If

 Processing Multiple Arguments

 Working with Environment Variables

 Processing Multiple Items with the For Command

 Using Batch Files Subroutines

 Prompting for Input

 Useful Batch File Techniques

13 The MS-DOS Environment under Windows

 MS-DOS Programs on Windows Vista

 Configuring the MS-DOS Environment

 MS-DOS and Networking

 Printing from MS-DOS

 Configuring Serial Communications with MS-DOS

 Using Special-Purpose Devices for MS-DOS

 Managing MS-DOS Programs

14 Command Line Utilities

 Windows Command-Line Programs

 The Essential Command Line

 GUI Shortcuts

 General-Purpose Shell Programs

 File-Management Tools

 Management Power Tools

 Administrative Tools

 Networking Utilities

Section III - Introduction to Windows PowerShell

15 Windows PowerShell

  The Windows PowerShell Environment

  Windows PowerShell and .NET

  Scripts and Shells and Cmdlets, oh my

  PowerShell Commands

  PowerShell Security

16 PowerShell Programming

  Windows PowerShell Syntax

  Variables and Types

  Flow of Control

  Defining Functions

  Variable Scope

16 Using PowerShell

  Working Interactively

  Creating Useful Scripts

  Creating Cmdlets as Building Blocks

Appendices

A VBScript Reference

B Windows Management Object Reference

C WSF File Format Reference

D Batch File Language Reference

E Windows Power Shell Language Reference

F Command Line Program Reference

G Index of Patterns and Sample Scripts

Product Details

ISBN:
9780789737281
Author:
Knittel, Brian
Publisher:
Que
Subject:
Operating Systems - Windows
Subject:
Programming - General
Subject:
Software Engineering-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2010
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
844
Dimensions:
9 x 7 x 2 in 1338 gr

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"Synopsis" by , The addition of the mouse and the Graphical User Interface made the computer accessible to many more people than would have been possible otherwise. Still, "pointing and clicking" can be tedious when performing routine or repetitive tasks. Just as people learn to use menu shortcuts (the Alt key) to save time, savvy users and administrators learn to write batch files and scripts to avoid having to type the same commands over and over. Scripts save time, increase accuracy, and serve as documentation to boot. Windows 7 and Windows Vista come with scripting, batch file, and command line tools that can make a power user or administrator's life easier - if she or he knows what they are and how to use them. However, a general lack of information and awareness prevent their widespread use. Most current Windows users have no idea how powerful and effective these tools can be. The new scripting languages are a mystery to most Windows users. And, in Windows 7, most command line tools aren't even discussed in the Windows Help system. Microsoft has released a completely new scripting and command line environment called the Windows PowerShell, but few users are aware of its existence, let alone its power and potential.
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