The Multifunctioning DBA

Mar 30 2009   9:57PM GMT

Scripting



Posted by: Colin Smith
Tags:
Active Directory
Database Administration
Linux
Powershell
Scripting
System Administration
Unix
Windows
Windows Administration

So I have people ask me all the time how I can get so much done in a day. I have to be honest with you, I do not really do that much. This is because I write scripts to do anything and everything for me if I have to do it more than once I script it. If I think something might be useful I script it. I hate doing the same work over and over. Take something as simple as creating a new user on a domain. This is a very simple task in AD but it takes about 2 minutes per account. It is easy to find a script that will create mass accounts with some generic name. Why not take that same script and make it so it creates one account at a time or ten or whatever you need. You can make it so you type in the name of the user interactively or read names in from a list that you have. Simple things like that. Creating this account only takes 2 minutes in AD but I can do it in under 10 seconds.

When you work in the fast paced world like we do, especially in IT where everyone wants it now now now, every second counts. Saving just under 2 minutes does not seem like a lot but that is the just the beginning. If you save 5 minutes here and 10 there and 2 there then it adds up very fast so you can leave work an hour early, or you just make your boss think that you are that much better and more effective. It does not really matter if you are a Windows person or a Unix/Linux person. SCRIPT anything you can and save time.

I come from a Windows background and in this area the Unix/Linux admins are years ahead of the Windows users. I had done some automation using VBScript when I was a Windows Admin, but when I got into Unix for Database Admin, I quickly learned that scripting is the way. Now with Windows Powershell, Windows administrators can be much more effective in less time. Please learn a scripting language that is of use to you and that you understand. I prefer Powershell but VBscript is a good way to go if you like it better.

Good luck scripting and as always, if you have a question let me know by heading to http://sysadminsmith.com and click the ‘Submit a Question’ link on the right.

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