By Peter Costantini, the Microsoft Scripting Guys

Windows scripting technologies enable system administrators to automate many common tasks involved in managing TCP/IP network clients. This paper discusses scripting techniques and shows scripting examples for:

•  Retrieving TCP/IP client settings.
•  Working with remote hosts.
•  Configuring DHCP and static IP addresses.
•  Managing DNS client settings.
•  Working with NetBIOS and WINS.

Also included are scenarios that combine basic techniques to create sample solutions for more complex networking tasks.

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I would like to thank the following people for their contributions and support:
My fellow Scripting Guys: Greg Stemp, Dean Tsaltas, Bob Wells, Ethan Wilansky, and Mary Gray
Writing Manager: David Mills
Publishing Team: Chris Blanton, Jody Ivy, Jon Billow, and Kim McGhee
Testing: Richard Min and Larry Petersen
Content Testing: Bob Thingwold and Richard Rice

A special thanks for their valuable comments and suggestions to:
Ross Carter
Joseph Davies
Steve Lee
Scott McNairy
David Meyer
Michael Murgolo
Mike Poulson
David Powell
Ben Shy
Levi Stevens
Don Marshall, Attachmate Corporation
Randy Brown, Attachmate Corporation
Bill Duncan, Attachmate Corporation
Steve Cathersall, Vulcan, Inc.
J.C. Warren, Vulcan, Inc.
Greg Katsel, Vulcan, Inc.