Working with the environment

Scripting without objects is very limiting. This month's scripting column introduces you to a sampling of the Windows Scripting Host objects, how they help you perform administrative tasks and work with your environment.

Wscript.Shell is a sort of grab-bag for anything to do with the local execution environment: the Registry, creating shortcuts, accessing environment variables such as Path (like the PATH command-line tool anyone familiar with DOS has used) and the like. You'll use this object to find out more about the environment, to read from or write to the Registry or even to make Event Log entries corresponding to your scripts, which is a useful...

way of recording what your scripts did.


Scripting School: Find objects with Windows Scripting Host

  Introduction
  Windows Scripting Host objects
  Wscript.Arguments
  Network resources and user/computer identity
  Running external scripts
  Working with the environment
  Summary

Read Christa's previous columns:
Beginner's guide to scripting
It's time to increase your scripting expertise
Scripting: Connect users to network resources
Scripting School: More on connecting to network resources

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christa Anderson
When Christa Anderson began working with Windows Server operating systems in 1992, she became increasingly interested in finding more efficient and flexible ways of performing routine tasks. Christa has written extensively about administrative scripting and taught technical sessions on the subject at conferences such as Comdex and CeBIT, helping people who had never done any scripting to write their own scripts in half a day. In addition to her interest in scripting Windows management, Christa is an authority on server-based computing and the program manager for Terminal Services licensing in Longhorn. If you have a scripting question for Christa, please e-mail her at scripting@SearchWinSystems.com.

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