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Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Scripting Guide Paperback – January 16, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0735618671 ISBN-10: 0735618674 Edition: PAP/CDR

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1328 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; PAP/CDR edition (January 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735618674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735618671
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book gives you enough stuff to get the job done.
Doru Nica
I highly recommend this book to any system administrator who wants to use VB scripting to simplify daily operations.
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Everything is presented in a clear and concise manner which is easy to follow.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Alex Angelopoulos on January 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
I won't claim this is the only scripting book you should ever buy. I WILL claim that it is the WSH "missing manual" for system administrators. The short story is that it provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of WSH admin scripting with excellent code examples, and as such is a rare combination of instructional use and long-term reference value. Personally, I haven't thought a book on WSH in the last three years was worth buying; this is the one I've been waiting for.
As a comprehensive reference, this book stands alone. System administrators have been historically short-changed when it comes to scripting books; most written for Windows tend to be generically focused on languages rather than on the details of WSH, and usually cover only a handful of the technologies. This one is written by scripters who appear to use it every day, and they cover the breadth of topics: interactions with everything from system logs to ADSI to WMI. Although the code is almost entirely in VBScript, the focus is on application, not language tricks. If you want to any other Active Scripting language as your host, the code is plain vanilla enough to be easily translated.
In providing depth, the authors had some special advantages and they used them to the hilt. It was written by Microsoft insiders who know the internals of the technologies such as COM, ADSI, and WMI which well-rounded scripting uses. When covering the range of topics for admin scripters, the authors pushed explaining the why and how in unequaled detail, and made liberal use of charts for explaining difficult concepts where appropriate.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Santiago VINE VOICE on May 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
Windows 2000 automation goes beyond simple and limited BAT/CMD scripts. For total control of Windows you should definitely learn scripting. Although it has an intimidating look (1300+ pages) this book is actually a fast track resource for learning and putting scripts to work immediately. The included CD has an electronic version of the book (not PDF, but in MS Help file format); it also has a separate link with all the scripts organized by tasks for you to copy and paste on your favorite text editor.
My interest was focused on Services, I had an urgent need on my project to automate services to start and stop at specific times during the week. I went directly to Chapter 15 on Services and then back to Chapters 2,3 for VBS and WSH reference. In less than a day I was able to resolve my issue using a combination of scripting and Windows Scheduled Tasks. These scripts saved me from having to come in very early to work (before users came in) to restart services that were being shut down during the daily system maintenance window. Manually restarting the services took me around 40 minutes every morning, so this is also a notable consideration.
My only criticism, in the hopes that a future edition would improve an already excellent book:
The author explains that this book was not intended to be read in sequence and you may just get directly to the area of interest, but if you are an experienced administrator without scripting experience you have to get all the way to chapter 3 to find out how to run a script. There should have been an introductory section on this subject since there are many working scripts already available on the CD for administrators to use.
I recommend this book to any system administrator who wants to ease their daily work load.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bharat Suneja on February 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ever go through a good technical book - usually about 2-5X the size of your average pulp fiction bestseller - and feel this is one of the best investments you've ever made? The kind you just can't read enough of? If not, read this book.
Mature sysadmins need to know scripting. For Windows/AD admins, there's probably no better way to get started with scripting than this book. Every time I saw this book at bookstores, I couldn't help but think most of this stuff is on Microsoft web site.
What a mistake! Though most of the info may be available online, the organization of this book, the writing style and approach of the authors, the example scripts, and the accompanying CD with all scripts in the book along with an electronic version - all this make one perfect package to get started with scripting.
The book covers VBScript, WSH, Scripting Runtime, ADSI & WMI, and takes a reader through the task of creating scripts to automate everyday sysadmin functions.
What's particularly impressive is the fact that the author(s) present each script example - or rather a 'scriptlet' - as a way of accomplishing one particular task (or 'sub-task'). This keeps each example very simple and easy to understand, and you quickly learn to put together the different 'scriptlets' (and what you've learnt) to automate more complex functions.
Chapter 17: Writing Enterprise Scripts is a very well-written tutorial on accomplishing tasks like accepting input from text files, redirecting output to web pages, sending email notifications, et al.
This book (and the electronic version) has quickly become something I refer to practically every day.
Bharat Suneja
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