The VBScript Network and Systems Administrator's Cafe:

August, 2008

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August 29, 2008  2:04 PM

VBScript Statements: Explanation of the Randomize Statement



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Random Numbers, randomize, VBScript Statements

The Randomize statement seeds the VBScript random number generation engine with a new seed. A seed is a user defined value that helps create a random number. There are no options for the Randomize statement, it's use is simply: Randomize

August 27, 2008  6:12 PM

Essential Tools: A free undelete utility that actually recovers files effectively



Posted by: Jerry Lees
disk utilities, drive utilities, essential tools, free software, free tools, Recovery Tools, software resources, Systems administrator tools, undelete, undelete files, windows tools

Please note: This is a re-posting of a previously deleted post, details to come. 

The next tool I'd like to share with you in my Essential Tools series is another useful...


August 22, 2008  2:23 PM

Essential Tools: A FREE File Level Drive Defragmenter



Posted by: Jerry Lees
deframent, disk utilities, drive utilities, essential tools, free software, free tools, software resources, Systems administrator tools, windows tools

Please note: This is a re-posting of a previous post that was deleted, further details to come. The first tool I want to call out in my Essential Tools series, and the inspiration...


August 21, 2008  2:25 PM

Essential Tools: A free tool to mount an ISO cdrom or DVD image as a Virtual CDROM drive



Posted by: Jerry Lees
CDROM Tools, disk utilities, drive utilities, DVD Tools, essential tools, free software, free tools, ISO, ISO Tools, software resources, Systems administrator tools, windows tools

We've all had times when we needed a file from an installation CD or DVD, but only had an ISO image available on the network. So, we have to copy the image to our machine then burn the image to media-- just to get the file. There are utilities out there that do this, like


August 18, 2008  5:48 PM

Essential Tools: Determining disk usage graphically with free tools



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Disk space, diskspace, drive space, drivespace, essential tools, free software, spacemonger, Systems administrator tools, windows tools

The next essential tool is one that I have used for quite some time now, and one I searched to find for some time. As a systems administrator, its an ever ending battle for you to keep space...


August 17, 2008  2:02 AM

VBScript Statements: Explanation of the ReDim Statement



Posted by: Jerry Lees
arrays, dimensional arrays, redim, VBScript Statements

The ReDim statement in VBScript allows you to declare a array, or a multi-dimensional array, in your code. Also, this statement allows you to re-declare the number of elements in the array at a later time in the code. This is important because it also allows you to release...


August 13, 2008  2:29 PM

Essential tools: Wget, a command line tool to retrieve web pages



Posted by: Jerry Lees
essential tools, free tools, http tools, Systems administrator tools, Toolkit, web tools, wget, windows tools

There is nothing more annoying than having a web server or site down and IE (or FireFox, for that matter) become dog slow or simply getting in the way of trouble shooting the page. Additionally, sometimes these browsers actually get in the way of troubleshooting the problem by masking the error...


August 9, 2008  1:57 AM

VBScript Statements: Explanation of the While … Wend Statement



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Conditional statements, VBScript, VBScript Statements, wend, while, while wend

The While conditional statement is useful because it allows you to repeat a block of code as long as a conditional test is True, rather than just a simple number of times. It is useful in situations where you need to loop through code,...


August 1, 2008  10:00 PM

VBScript Statements: Explanation of the Set Statement



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Objects, set, set command, VBScript, VBScript Objects, VBScript Statements, working with objects, working with variables

The set statement is used to assign any value to any type of variable. For the most part this command is optional. However, it needs to be used when you are assigning an object reference to a variable, such as when you use a variable to hold the return of a CreateObject function for later...


August 1, 2008  2:32 AM

VBScript Statements: Explanation of the Sub Statement



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Sub, Sub Statement, Subroutines, VBScript, VBScript Statements

The VBScript statement Sub allows you to create a section of code that can be reused over and over, called a subroutine. It also allows you to name this section of code and refer to it by name, rather than typing it in multiple times. Subroutines can optionally have parameters...


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