Automation/Scripting


Microsoft Plans Visual Studio Shell

Microsoft is readying a beta of a new SKU of its next generation of Visual Studio, intended for those who want to embed it into their own tools.

The Power of PowerShell

Readers have high praise-and high expectations-for Microsoft's new command-line shell and scripting tool.

Isolation Automation Exploration: Part I

Vista makes system-to-system IPSec authentication MUCH easier, if you know how to use it.

Stay on Schedule

Need to keep track of all your network's scheduled tasks? Here's just the tool to do it.

Instant Log-On Scripts

Generating VBScipt log-on scripts -- without all the the VBS.

Why Read When You Can Parse?

Microsoft's Log Parser might be the one of the most flexible tools you never knew about.

Laying the Groundwork for Vista: Part II

The resources are there to help ease deployment, now here's the best way to use them.

Discounts on Vista, Office Exams

Microsoft expands Partner Skills Plus program to include MCP exams covering Vista, Exchange 2007 and the Office technology suite.

Take Control

Desktop Authority exerts the maximum level of control with a minimal amount of effort.

The ImageX X-Files

There's nothing otherworldly about Vista's OS imaging tool -- just some command-line craziness.

To Serve and To Report

EventReporter can help make event log management...manageable.

Google Shuts Hole in Desktop Product

A potentially devastating hole in Google Inc.'s prevalent desktop search product could have exposed personal files on users' computers to data thieves. Google fixed the defect within weeks of being informed about it and says it has no evidence the vulnerability was exploited.

Auditing Locally Shared Folders

Here’s a script that enumerates all shared folders on all computers in your domain.

Got the Time?

Reader Tim FitzPatrick sends in a great scripting tip for managing time across time zones.

Shell Game

Microsoft's PowerShell puts scripting power in your hands.

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