Do you have a scripting-related question or problem? You can send your question or problem to winscriptsol@winnetmag.com.

Do you know of a beginning-level computer-based training course for scripting? My primary interests include Windows Script Host (WSH) and VBScript.

I'm aware of one Windows Script (WS)—related computer-based training course titled "Visual Basic Course 1080: Essentials of Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition 3.0 for Web Site Development." Despite the course's name, this hands-on, self-paced tutorial includes a module about WSH 1.0. Unfortunately, the course is out of date, and I'm unaware of any plans to update it. You can download the free course from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?releaseid=24372.

You might be interested to learn that Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) recently released two instructor-led WS courses that cover a variety of topics, including WSH 2.0, VBScript, Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI), and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). The course numbers and titles are

  • "Course 2433: Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition and Microsoft Windows Script Host Essentials" (3-day course)
  • "Course 2439: Scripting Using Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation" (2-day course)

Microsoft Certified Technical Education Centers (CTECs) offer these two courses nationwide. In many cases, CTECs offer the courses back-to-back so that you can attend both courses in one week. You can examine the courses' prerequisites and outlines and locate scheduled classes on the Microsoft Training & Certification Web site. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/default.asp and select Training Resources, Find Training. Click Find a Course, enter 2433 or 2439 in the Course Number field, and click Search.

To ensure that you obtain a positive training experience, I recommend that you shop around before selecting a CTEC. Systems-administration scripting is a new skill to many Windows systems administrators, including CTEC instructors.