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March 20, 2009  4:32 PM

Writing a BGINFO like Script: Displaying DNS Server settings with WMI via the Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration class



Posted by: Jerry Lees
bginfo, Systems Administration, Systems administrator tools, systems management, systems reporting, VBScript, VBScript Functions

I recently had to provide the information displayed with BGINFO on a number of systems. Unfortunately, BGInfo only generates a bitmap, so far as I know, so I decided to write a script to generate the...

March 17, 2009  4:36 PM

Writing a BGINFO like Script: Displaying Network Adapter Speed with WMI via the Win32_NetworkAdapter class



Posted by: Jerry Lees
bginfo, Systems Administration, Systems administrator tools, systems management, systems reporting, VBScript, VBScript Functions

I recently had to provide the information displayed with BGINFO on a number of systems. Unfortunately, BGInfo only generates a bitmap, so far as I know, so I decided to write a script to generate the...


March 13, 2009  11:05 AM

Writing a BGINFO like Script: Displaying Disk Statistics with WMI via the Win32_LogicalDisk class



Posted by: Jerry Lees
bginfo, Systems Administration, Systems administrator tools, systems management, systems reporting, VBScript, VBScript Functions, Win32_logicaldisk

I recently had to provide the information displayed with BGINFO on a number of systems. Unfortunately, BGInfo only generates a bitmap, so far as I know, so I decided to write a script to generate the...


February 28, 2009  10:38 AM

The Scripting Crossword Puzzle



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Crossword, Games, Puzzles, VBScript

I found this recently and thought some of you might like to take a stab at it. A fun little crossword puzzle from Microsoft devoted to scripting concepts! Check it out, The Scripting Crossword...

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February 26, 2009  8:00 AM

Retrieving the account IIS is using as the anonymous user account with VBScript



Posted by: Jerry Lees
iis, System Administration, Systems Administration, systems management, VBScript, VBScript Functions, web sites, web tools, working with objects

I recently posted a script that retrieved the anonymous user password for a server in IIS. This script I posted, Using the IIS ADSI object to retrieve the anonymous user password for a server...

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February 20, 2009  3:53 PM

Using the IIS ADSI object to retrieve the anonymous user password for a server via VBScript



Posted by: Jerry Lees
iis, System Administration, Systems Administration, Toolkit, VBScipt, VBScript, VBScript Functions, working with objects

I recently had to change the anonymous user account for a change request for a site in IIS, but unfortunately the change did not work and we had to roll it back. However, I didn’t have and wouldn’t have known the account’s password since IIS and windows changes it periodically. So, out...


January 30, 2009  1:30 AM

Easy String Searches with the VBScript Instr function



Posted by: Jerry Lees
InStr function, Scripting, string, String manipulation, strings, VBScript

I recently had a situation where I needed to find string inside a string to parse the larger string into usable and separate chunks of data. In writing this script, I realized I've not shared this gem of a function with you previously... and it really makes matters easier when you are...


January 5, 2009  2:03 AM

Retrieve environment variable values from a remote system with WMI



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Environment Variables, PATH variable, Remote management, System Administration, VBScript, Win32_Environment, Windows Management Interface, WMI

Back in October I shared with you a way to retrieve environment variables with a script titled

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January 2, 2009  3:01 AM

Searching the Windows Eventlog for specific events with WMI



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Systems Administration, systems management, VBScript, Win32_NTLogEvent, Windows Management Interface, WMI

On occasion as a systems administrator you have to find the proverbial needle in the haystack with respect to the events in the event logs. You know what I mean, the one event you care about and need to know when it occured as part of your troubleshooting... then throw in that you need to do it in...


December 4, 2008  9:22 PM

Using WMI’s WIN32_Process class to remotely kill a process



Posted by: Jerry Lees
kill, kill process, Kill processes, pkill, VBScript, win32_process

Recently I had a situation where I had to kill a number of processes on a number of servers in a short period of time so we could update the executable file quickly so the processes could be safely respawned. This presented a challenge because it needed to be done quickly both before users...


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