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Scripts that connect to remote computers

You can save substantial time by running a script that connects to remote computers by name or as part of an Active Directory domain. This month's scripting column explains how.

Whichever way you do it, the following tips should help you run remote scripts more effectively.

  • You need to have administrative privileges on the remote computer you're running scripts on.

  • Running scripts remotely may -- and likely will -- take longer than running them locally. You can reduce the amount of time required to execute a script by limiting the number of times that the remote connection needs to be made. This is key when running scripts using Windows Management Instrumentation.

  • It's not practical to check computer names for accuracy in the course of the script. Either use Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI) to run a script against computers based on their domain/organizational unit membership, or check computer names carefully when entering them as arguments or when putting them in the text file.

Scripting School: Connect scripts to remote computers

  Taking computer names as arguments
  Using WSH Controller
  Reading computer names from a file
  Reading computer names from Active Directory
  Tips for remote script execution

Read all of Christa's scripting columns:
April 2005: Beginner's guide to scripting
May 2005: It's time to increase your scripting expertise
June 2005: Connect users to network resources
July 2005: More on connecting to network resources
August 2005: Find objects with Windows Scripting Host
September 2005: Windows Script Host arguments
October 2005: Scripting School: Turning the environment with WshShell

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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