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Where do objects come from?

In the second article in our continuing series on scripting, noted scripting expert Christa Anderson covers some advanced scripting concepts and offers several tips that will help you debug your scripts.

I introduced the concept of objects last month, but we skipped one crucial point: Where do these objects come from?

Some objects, such as the desktop shell, network connections or parts of the Registry, are native to the Windows Script Host (WSH). File System Objects provide access to the file system and represent drives, files, folders or text.

VBScript also supports Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI). WMI objects represent physical and logical parts of the computing system, such as IP addresses, file systems and network cards. ADSI objects represent resources stored in a directory service such as Active Directory (AD) or other supported directories, such as the Windows NT 4.0 SAM.

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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

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