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.
Introduces the scope and organization of the paper, assumptions about technical level of readers, information on how to use the example scripts, and system requirements.
Compares using the Windows graphical user interface, command-line tools, and scripting to retrieve and display TCP/IP client data.
Illustrates scripting techniques for working with TCP/IP settings on multiple remote clients with WMI.
Illustrates how to manage DHCP and static IP address settings on clients with scripting.
Illustrates how to manage DNS settings on clients with scripting.
Illustrates how to manage NetBIOS and WINS settings on clients with scripting.
Illustrates how to manage TCP/IP filtering, other TCP/IP settings, IPX, and network protocols on clients with scripting.
Illustrates how to use advanced scripting techniques on clients to manage time settings and change other TCP/IP settings in the registry.
ClientsAnalyzes a script that can add, remove and change network clients and their TCP/IP settings.
Describes useful books and Internet resources for scripting TCP/IP settings on network clients.
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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:
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.