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October 3, 2008  3:00 PM

How to retrieve HTML web pages with VBScript via the Microsoft.XmlHttp object



Posted by: Jerry Lees
HTML, HTTP, Microsoft.XmlHttp, VBScript, VBScript Objects, Web Pages, XML

Recently, I had a situation where I had to pull down a HTML page to compare it to a known copy of the page. Certainly, IE or FireFox-- or Google's Chrome would have done the trick and I could have viewed the source. But that would require me to do...

September 2, 2008  3:44 PM

Google’s new browser, Chrome scheduled for release today



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Google Chrome, tech news

Well, the blogosphere is currently in a frenzied state about the new Google Chrome browser-- and there still isn't a download page for it. It's gotten to such a point that even searching Google won't bring up a link for the browser from google itself-- which is actually kind of funny if you think...


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 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...


March 7, 2008  10:22 PM

Eventlog search tool — Find quick help with windows event log entries



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Administration tools, DataCenter, Exchange, Networking, Security

While not VBScript related, I found this Microsoft Eventlog and Error Message Search a few days ago as I stumbled around looking for tools that I thought network administrators would need on


March 4, 2008  1:57 AM

Determining properties and methods used in a WMI object for use in a vbscript.



Posted by: Jerry Lees
DataCenter, Development, VBScript, Windows Management Interface, WMI

In this entry we'll take a look at the microsoft documentation for win32_printerdriver and determine how we can determine what values to use to get data once we've created a script to get set of data back from a WMI object...


February 29, 2008  10:30 PM

Using error control in a vbscript to recover from odd errors



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Development, Error control, VBScript, Windows Management Interface

In my last installment,

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