Utilities object

[The Utilities object is available for use in the operating systems specified in the Requirements section.]

The Utilities object provides functionality for random number generation, conversions, and encoding and decoding from base64.

When to use

The Utilities object is used to perform the following tasks:

  • Encode a string as base64 or decode a string from base64.
  • Convert a binary-packed string to a byte array and vice versa.
  • Convert a binary-packed string to a hexadecimal string and vice versa.
  • Generate a secure random number.
  • Convert local time to Coordinated Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time) and vice versa.

Members

The Utilities object has these types of members:

Methods

The Utilities object has these methods.

Method Description
Base64Decode Decodes a string from base64.
Base64Encode Encodes a string as base64.
BinaryStringToByteArray Converts a binary-packed string to an array of bytes.
BinaryToHex Converts a binary-packed string to a hexadecimal string.
ByteArrayToBinaryString Converts an array of bytes to a binary-packed string.
GetRandom Generates a secure random number.
HexToBinary Converts a hexadecimal string to a binary-packed string.
LocalTimeToUTCTime Converts the computer's local time to Coordinated Universal Time.
UTCTimeToLocalTime Converts Coordinated Universal Time to the computer's local time.

 

Remarks

The Utilities object can be created, and it is safe for scripting. The ProgID for the Utilities object is CAPICOM.Utilities.1.

Requirements

Redistributable
CAPICOM 2.0 or later on Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP
DLL
Capicom.dll