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Windows Scripting Host objects

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.

There are 14 Windows Scripting Host (WSH) objects available in WSH 5.6. As you can see, the objects cover a lot of ground.

Wscript is the parent object for all other WSH objects. At its core, you can use this object's properties to check the versioning, change the scripting environment (for example, to use the command-line environment instead of the graphical default that's less useful for automated work) and get the name of the script file. You can also use its properties for other administrative actions. You can also use this base object to halt or pause a script.

Scripting School: Find objects with Windows Scripting Host

  Windows Scripting Host objects
  Network resources and user/computer identity
  Running external scripts
  Working with the environment

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

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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