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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Windows Automation Methods

There are a number of ways you can automate performing tasks in Windows Server 2003 including a powerful command prompt, batch files that automatically process a list of commands, and scripts. Perl aficionados can also write Perl programs to administer Windows systems.

The following sections discuss these methods, and the level of operating system support for each. But first, this next section helps you make sense of the acronym soup of scripting interfaces—WSH, WMI, and ADSI.

WSH, WMI, and ADSI Background

Microsoft provides several technologies you can use together to provide a comprehensive scripting solution for Windows-based clients and servers. These technologies are WSH, WMI, and ADSI.

Windows Script Host (WSH) ...

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