Logon Scripts - with VBScript
Introduction Logon Scripts
In this section I will give you examples of how to build the VBScript to use in your logon script. I will help you chose which methods to use and which variables to change. There are two sections; one section specialises in mapped network drives, while the other section deals with scripts for printers. Please choose a Windows Logon Script to suit your particular task.
Map Network Drive Logon Scripts
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Introduction to Logon Scripts with VBScript
When I first saw Windows 2003, I investigated the new features. I wondered: 'How do I assign logon scripts to users?' I came up with two methods; the traditional NT 4.0 style or assigning VBScripts via Active Directory Group Policies. (The traditional method was via the User's Properties, Profile tab.)
I even took a I step back and asked the more fundamental question: 'What am I trying to achieve here?' The answer was, 'To provide users with the best environment for their work'. This lead me to investigate VBScript methods for providing mapped network drives and connecting to shared printers.
Good news. Scripting possibilities improve dramatically when you progress from the old DOS batch files, to the new WSH with its rich VBScript verbs. When you survey the big picture, you realize that Logon Scripts are only one of many jobs for WSH and VBScript. My point is that knowledge of these scripting objects, syntax and methods will help you automate other computer tasks. As a bonus, if you master assigning Logon Scripts by Group Policy, then you will see how to apply other settings using Group Policy (GPMC).
Example of a Logon Script
VBScript to map a network drive. Here are step-by-step instructions to create this logon script.
More Tasks for VBScript
WSH provides the objects, which our scripts then manipulate. Here are examples of the tasks that these objects and services can do for you:
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What is WSH? (Windows Scripting Host)
Windows Scripting Host is aptly named; think of WSH as a butler who pampers their guests. When a logon script arrives from the server, WSH makes sure that all the objects and services that the script needs are available. It also checks discretely for security and passes the script to the appropriate script engine, for example, ActiveX.
WSH is ideal for non-interactive scripting jobs, such as logon configuration, administrative scripting, or machine automation. Let me take you on a journey where you create mapped network drives or printers. Together we will study examples of VBScripts, object, method and properties model.
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* Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is
most useful for PowerShell scripting. SolarWinds
have produced this
Free WMI Monitor to take the guess work out of which
WMI counters to use for applications like Microsoft Active Directory,
SQL or Exchange Server. Author: Guy Thomas Copyright © 1999-2017 Computer Performance LTD All rights reserved. Please report a broken link, or an error to:
Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is most useful for PowerShell scripting.
SolarWinds have produced this Free WMI Monitor to take the guess work out of which WMI counters to use for applications like Microsoft Active Directory, SQL or Exchange Server.
Author: Guy Thomas Copyright © 1999-2017 Computer Performance LTD All rights reserved.
Please report a broken link, or an error to: