John Howard - Senior Program Manager in the Hyper-V team at Microsoft

Senior Program Manager, Hyper-V team, Windows Core Operating System Division.

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Scripting Clinic - what would you like to know?

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I'm considering putting together a full day UK based event, either in Reading or London probably in early July. The provisional title is the "Scripting Clinic". This would be a full day of scripting for IT Pro's (rather than developers - no offence intended!). There would be four or five sessions ranging from basic to intermediate level. We could finish off the day with a troubleshooting clinic which could start touching more advanced "stuff".

I'd probably base most of the day around VBScript as it's arguably a relatively easy language to learn and wouldn't detract from the techniques being taught. It's also robust enough for production use (especially if you used defensive coding and other error handling techniques which I would also like to include on the day). Here's a few ideas for sessions

  • Fundamentals - concentrating on the language constructs in VBScript and an introduction to the Windows Scripting Host (WSH). No prior experience necessary.
  • Scripting best practices - ways to make your scripts more robust including error handling, logging and debugging techniques
  • ADSI and WMI - using ADSI for Active Directory administrative tasks and taking advantage of Windows Management Instrumentation
  • Other handy object models - Use CDO to send emails, ADO to access databases, WScript built-in objects for parsing command line arguments, running scripts on remote machines and creating desktop icons (for example)
  • Clinic - Share your experiences and bring your real world problems to a panel discussion.

I was also considering a "futures" slot focussing on Monad if there was enough interest. If this event is something you'd be interested in attending or shaping, I'd love to hear from you (please!) - either post a feedback comment to this entry or use the "Contact" link at the top of my blog. I'd like to shape this in the direction you tell me, rather than the other way around. I have no content prepared as yet, so now is your opportunity to influence both content and technical level directly.

Comments
  • Could you also show a bit of monad

  • I'd like to see information regarding accessing MicrosoftDNS from WMI using c# and vb.net. I've found very little documentation out there that does what I want.

    It'd be nice to be able to find some good docs on it.

  • I think this is a good idea. Being the only IT person in my organisation, being able to do basic scripting would make life a lot easier

  • Add monad!!!

    :-)

  • Sounds good, currently working with vbs and wmi and always eager to learn more especially using real world as opposed to text book stuff

  • Any chance of having this event available as a webcast as well? or having one slightly further north?? London or Reading is quiet a drive from the North East.

    But I personally think this would be an excellent idea :)

  • Info on Monad is always good. Looking at scripting from a batch perspective could be useful, especially using the built in Windows 2003 tools.

  • That sounds a great idea - unfortunately I couldn't attend your recent Windows scripting evening in Reading because it clashed with the Exchange troubleshooting in the next room! I look forward to hearing more as the event comes together (and yes, some Monad details would be good too please).

  • adding MONAD would be cool.
    There is lots of interesting stuff on Channel9 about MONAD.

    The phrase "lets have a look at how we could have done it" springs to mind though!!

    Any chance of running a Northern edition? (in Manchester or Leeds/Bradford for instance)

  • adding MONAD would be cool.
    There is lots of interesting stuff on Channel9 about MONAD.

    The phrase "lets have a look at how we could have done it" springs to mind though!!

    Any chance of running a Northern edition? (in Manchester or Leeds/Bradford for instance)

  • adding MONAD would be cool.
    There is lots of interesting stuff on Channel9 about MONAD.

    The phrase "lets have a look at how we could have done it" springs to mind though!!

    Any chance of running a Northern edition? (in Manchester or Leeds/Bradford for instance)