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Windows Workstation Configuration And Maintenance

by Matthew M. Lavy and Ashley J. Meggitt

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Windows NT Workstation Configuration & Maintenance introduces a strategy for automating certain aspects of Windows NT Workstation 4 administration. The authors' ideas center on the use of Perl scripts--some of them on the client side, some of them on a network server--to handle various dull, repetitive tasks. If you're proficient with Perl and would rather leverage that knowledge than develop proficiency with Microsoft's proprietary tools for automated administration, this book contains information you'll want.

The authors cover scheduled execution of scripts with at, winat, and various aftermarket schedulers; describe how to run scripts at logon; and deserve special praise for their attention to running scripts as system services. They explain how srvany and instsrv (both in the Resource Kit) work, and show how to run Perl programs with them. They also present interesting ideas on writing client-resident Perl scripts that update themselves as needed by consulting a master version of themselves on a server. Readers will also find coverage on scripting file cleanup, reporting, log analysis, network identity manipulation, and security issues, revealing much about the Registry along the way. The book also saves Perl programmers a lot of trouble in its explanation of how to encapsulate multiple administration functions in a module. --David Wall

Book Description
Anyone faced with the task of setting up and managing a large number of workstations quickly learns the limitations of a graphical user interface. Ashley Meggitt and Matthew Lavy manage the LAN at Jesus College, Cambridge, and they've developed a number of scripts and techniques to bypass the GUI limitations and administer the workstations centrally. The result is Windows NT Workstation Configuration and Maintenance, the only book on the market to focus on automating the management tasks you perform daily to keep a large workstation farm up and running. Instead of trying to provide one-size-fits-all solutions to what are in reality site-specific kinds of problems, the authors concentrate on the techniques you need to master to keep your workstations under control. Their step-by-step approach shows you how to implement Perl scripts to take care of your particular problems. Topics include:

  • Running scripts without user intervention
  • Remote script installation
  • Controlling services and drivers
  • Machine-specific settings
  • Changing network identity
  • Perl modules and functions
Windows NT Workstation Configuration and Maintenance is an indispensable tool for the busy NT system administrator.

Book Info
Provides techniques to master and keep workstations under control, and step-by-step approaches demonstrating how to implement Perl scripts to take care of particular problems. Softcover.



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