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MS-2433 - Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition and Microsoft Windows Script Host Essentials

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Course Description

The goal of this course is to teach Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system administrators how to take advantage of Windows Script Host (WSH) by using the Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) language. They will be able to develop real world scripts that they can use to manage Windows 2000 networks. This course also provides an overview of other technologies where you can use script, such as Active Server Pages (ASP), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), and third-party Component Object Model (COM) components.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Describe WSH and associated scripting technologies.
  • Use objects in code written in Visual Basic Scripting Edition.
  • Master the essentials of the VBScript language.
  • Master debugging and error handling with VBScript.
  • Use VBScript to interact with Active DirectoryTM Services Interface (ADSI).
  • Develop logon, logoff, startup and shutdown scripts.
  • Develop scripts that perform common administrative tasks.
  • Identify how they can continue to use VBScript in other scenarios.

Course Audience

This course is intended for Windows 2000 systems administrators who need to learn how to develop administrative scripts for their enterprise networks. In addition, this course benefits anyone who wants an introduction to the VBScript programming language.

Course Outline

Module 1: Overview of Windows Scripting Technologies

The following topics are covered in this module:
  • Introduction to WSH
  • Running Scripts
  • Working with Scripts
  • Comparing VBScript and Visual Basic
After completing this module, students will be able to describe WSH and associated scripting technologies. This includes:
 
  • Using the various technologies associated with running Windows scripts.
  • Running scripts.
  • Working with scripts.

Module 2: Working with Objects

The following topics are covered in this module:
  • Object Terminology
  • Creating and Using Objects
  • Understanding Object Models
  • Common Object Models
After completing this module, students will be able to use objects in code written in Visual Basic Scripting Edition. This includes:
 
  • Understanding how scripts use objects.
  • Understanding object terminology.
  • Using an object browser.
  • Understanding how scripts interact with COM.
  • Explaining the uses of various object models.

Module 3: Script Logic

The following topics are covered in this module:
  • Fundamental VBScript Rules
  • Variables, Constants, and Data Types
  • Operators
  • Conditions and Loops
  • Procedures
  • Script Layout
After completing this module, students will be able to master the essentials of the VBScript language. This includes:
 
  • Declaring and using variables, constants, and data types in scripts.
  • Using VBScript language operators.
  • Constructing conditional code structures.
  • Constructing looping structures.
  • Declaring and using Sub and Function procedures.
  • Determining an effective script layout.

Module 4: Error Handling and Debugging

The following topics are covered in this module:
  • Error Handling
  • Debugging
After completing this module, students will be able to master debugging and error handling with Visual Basic Scripting Edition. This includes:
 
  • Preempting the types of errors that may be present in code written in VBScript.
  • Writing code that handles run-time errors.
  • Using the Microsoft Script Debugger to locate and fix logic errors.

Module 5: Understanding ADSI

The following topics are covered in this module:
  • ADSI Overview
  • Binding with ADSI
  • ADSI Objects
  • Searching Active Directory
  • Creating New ADSI Objects
  • Setting Security in Active Directory
  • Managing Shares with ADSI
  • Controlling Services Using ADSI
  • ADSI Resources
At the end of this module, you will be able to use VBScript to interact with ADSI. This includes:
 
  • Binding to ADSI objects.
  • Searching Active Directory.
  • Creating and modifying objects in Active Directory.
  • Managing shares with ADSI.
  • Controlling services with ADSI.

Module 6: Creating Logon Scripts

The following topics are covered in this module:
  • Verifying the WSH Environment
  • Common Logon Script Tasks
  • Managing Logon Scripts
  • Troubleshooting Logon Scripts
  • Best Practices
After completing this module, students will be able to develop logon, logoff, startup, and shutdown scripts. This includes:
 
  • Checking that the correct version of WSH is installed.
  • Calling logon scripts from batch files.
  • Accomplishing common tasks in logon scripts.
  • Assigning logon scripts to users.
  • Describing common issues with logon scripts.
  • Describing best practices for logon scripts.
  • Controlling services with ADSI.  

Module 7: Administrative Script

The following topics are covered in this module:
  • Script Arguments
  • Working with Event Logs
  • Generating E-Mail Messages
  • Managing the Registry
  • Working with Drives, Folders, and Files
  • Setting Folder-Level and File-Level Security
  • Scheduling Scripts
  • Best Practices
After completing this module, students will be able to develop scripts that perform common administrative tasks. This includes:
 
  • Managing arguments in scripts.
  • Adding entries to Windows 2000 event logs.
  • Using collaborative data objects (CDO) to generate an e-mail message.
  • Using script to manage the registry.
  • Using script to work with drives, folders, and files.
  • Scheduling scripts.

Module 8: Beyond the Basics

The following topics are covered in this module:
  • Windows Script Files
  • Using COM Components
  • WMI
  • Scripting Microsoft Office
  • ASP Pages
After completing this module, students will be able to identify how you can continue to use Visual Basic Scripting Edition in other scenarios. This includes:
 
  • Windows script (.wsf) files.
  • How COM components enhance the power of scripts.
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).
  • Scripting applications in Microsoft Office.
  • Active Server Pages (ASP).

Course Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have:
  • Practical experience using and administering Windows 2000.
  • Practical experience using and administering the Active Directory directory service.
  • Practical experience using and administering system security.
  • Practical experience using and administering services.
  • Practical experience using systems management information.
  • Awareness of the potential uses of logon scripts.
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