GET TO KNOW THE WINDOWS SCRIPTING HOST
If you're relatively new to administrating Windows Server 2000, you
might not realize that you have a powerful scripting tool at your
disposal. This tool can help you automate administrative tasks such
as backups, user administration, and more.
Windows Server 2000 includes the Windows Scripting Host (WSH). WSH
supports scripts written in VBScript, which is very similar to Visual
Basic for Applications (VBA), and Jscript, loosely modeled on the
Java programming language.
But don't make the mistake of thinking WSH's uses stop at relatively
simple tasks. In fact, it features a broad range of capabilities to
automate processes, extract information from the system, and even
provide management functions through Simple Network Management Protocol
Of course, learning to use scripts takes time and an affinity for
programming. To get an idea of WSH, here's a simple script to help
you get your feet wet. Enter the following into a text file, save
it as Hello.vbs, and double-click the new file to execute it.
dim user, computer, sh
set sh = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
user = sh.UserName
computer = sh.ComputerName
msgbox "Hello, " & user & vbCrLf & "Logged on from " &
To learn more about WSH, check out MSDN's Scripting Web page.