Use Excel to write batch scripts

Administrators today need to rely heavily on coding or utilities for performing complex and sometimes even simple jobs. Sometimes, a faster, bug-proof method is using Execl to write batch files.

How this is done? Lets say you want to copy shares from one server to another. Scripting or utilities can help you here (especially with Windows 2000). However, what happens if you want to weed out unwanted or duplicate shares? What if you're merging two companies into one server and want share names to change to reflect their origin?

Use a command such as "net share > shares.csv" or any other method to export shares. Ensure using any text editor that result columns are divided by commas or tabs and import the file to Excel.

Now you can use search and replace to edit the file, use Insert Column, and Delete Column to edit the file to transform it to a series of commands. You can fill inserted columns by writing a command in a cell (such as NET SHARE), copying it and pasting it on the entire column.

Then save the file as a text file with the extension BAT or CMD, and simply run it.

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This was first published in April 2001

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