My Published Works

I’m trying out a new Live Write plugin for Amazon. Here is a list of books I have currently authored or co-authored. This list will continue to grow as I’m working on a new book now about managing Active Directory with PowerShell.

WSH and VBScript Core: TFM
by Jeffery Hicks

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Windows PowerShell v1.0: TFM, 2nd Edition
by Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks

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Advanced VBScript for Microsoft Windows Administrators (Pro Other)
by Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks

Read more about this book…

I hope you’ll check them out.

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Updated Group Reporter

A few of my recent Mr. Roboto columns have been about group auditing. I first published an HTA that would report on group membership last December. Astute reader Matt V. found a bug with the way nested group memberships were being reported. Or in this case, not being reported. It turns out that if a group was a member of one other group, that membership was not reported. But if the group was nested in 2 or more groups then you’d see all the nested groups. After a little debugging I found my goof. I used ADSI to get a reference to the specified group:

strDN would have a value like CN=Sales,OU=Groups,DC=Mycompany,DC=local. My mistake was in assuming that the MemberOf property would always be a collection so I was using a ForEach construct. But it is only a collection if there is more than one group. So I modified the code:

Because I used the same code in a followup article where I released a command line version of the tool, I had to modify that tool as well. The above code snippet is actually from the WSF version.

Anyway, both versions have now been updated and are available for download from the Mr. Roboto section of my script library. Thank you Matt for keeping me on my toes.

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VBScript Training in Las Vegas

I will be doing a live 2 day VBScript class this fall in Las Vegas (Oct. 22 and 23). I’ll be covering ADSI, WMI, HTAs, WSF and more. This is a class for experienced VBScripters who want to take it to the next level. This is a hands on class with with labs and one on one attention.

This class is actually part of a week long training session. The rest of the week is PowerShell taught by PowerShell MVP (and my occasional co-author) Don Jones. You can take either my 2 day VBScript, Don’s 3 day PowerShell course or the full week.  If you take the full week you also get invited to a gourmet dinner which I’m sure will be a one of Vegas’ fine restaurants.

You can learn more and register at http://www.scriptingtraining.com/ILT/schedule.asp.

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Online Script Library Resources

If you’re like me, you prefer not to re-invent the wheel when working on a scripting solution. You’d prefer to find a script written by someone else that accomplishes the same task(s). You might be tempted to jump immediately to Google or Yahoo. Before you do, let me give you some other online resources you might want to check first.

I encourage you to visit http://www.searchscripting.com when searching for administrative scripts. This site is hand-tuned to crawl sites known to have script collections and other scripting related material. You are very likely to find practical script examples via this site with little effort.

Of course, any search for scripts should begin at the Technet Script Center . You’ll find a wealth of information on all sorts of scripting topics including a substantial script repository. I also encourage you to check out their scripting “hubs” () which organize scripting resources by topics such as Active Directory, Desktops, HTAs, PowerShell, Security and Windows 2003.

Certainly I encourage you to visit the ScriptingAnswers.com Script Vault where you fill find many user submitted scripts organized by topic as well as my own script library.

If none of those resources are sufficient here are additional online script libraries, collections and repositories:

http://www.visualbasicscript.com/forumid_16/tt.htm
http://web2.minasi.com/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=30
http://www.adminscripteditor.com/scriptlibrary/
http://www.thescriptlibrary.com/
http://www.activexperts.com/activmonitor/windowsmanagement/adminscripts/
http://techtasks.com/code/viewbook/2
http://cwashington.netreach.net/depo/default.asp?topic=repository&ScriptType=vbscript
http://www.rlmueller.net/products.htm
http://www.kouti.com/scripts.htm

If you have a favorite online script library, I hope you’ll share.

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PWDMan Update

I’ve updated my Password Manager utility. If you haven’t seen this, I wrote about it in my Mr. Roboto column. This tool will scan computers and report the age of the local administrator password. If you’ve renamed the account you can change the account name to check. When finished, you’ll have a nice report showing how old the administrator account password is on all computers. You can print the report or export it to a CSV.

The utility also will change the password on all your computers as well.

The latest version (v1.4) adds support for searching Active Directory, including recursing through all child containers. If you have a small network this should be ok. But be careful as you might end up trying to check computers that no longer exist. There is a ping option you can select to verify the computer is up and running before attempting an password tasks.

Other changes:

    • Added code to support multiple computernames separated by commas.
    • Added an Age Limit alarm so that password ages equal to or greater than this number will be highlighted in red.
    • Added Report Last Run footer.

You can download the latest version, read more as well as see some short videos of the tool in action at http://www.jdhitsolutions.com/pwdman

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