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Scripting School: How to put the script together

Christa Anderson builds on her previous column, which explained the tools you need for automatically connecting to network resources. Here are some scenario-based variations to try and a sample script.

Since this is the first column where we're building a script, I'll walk you through the process in more detail this time. Using these steps, you can tweak the script to take into account some of the variations we've discussed.

Begin the script with Option Explicit to ensure that the script will accept only variables that you explicitly define. This is optional, but it avoids errors introduced by typos. For longer scripts, this statement is a lifesaver.

Define your variables with the Dim statement. For mapping network drives according to user identity, you'll need a variable for Wsh.Network and one for the user name.

Create a reference to Wsh.Network and assign it a variable name to make it easier to work with. (Using variables is optional, but it's easier.)

Use the UserName attribute to get the local user's name and assign it to a variable. Use the Select Case method to evaluate the username variable and look for matches. When it finds a match, have it map a network drive -- or more than one if that's appropriate for a particular user.

That's it. Want to see this sample script? Click on the next link in the table of contents!

Scripting School: More on connecting to network resources

- Introduction

- What happens to all those mapped drives?

- What about location-based mappings?

- How do I map printers?

- Does Select Case support wildcards?

- How to put the script together

- MapResources sample script

- Summary


Read Christa's previous columns:

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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