Bob Wells


Bob Wells is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro. He is a technical account manager in Microsoft’s Services organization.

Rem: Activating DHCP Server Scopes
You can’t use WMI to activate DHCP server scopes, but you can use the Netsh command.
Rem: Retrieving Registry Data
You can adapt a TechNet script so that it retrieves registry data without knowing the value names in advance.
Rem: Configuring CompletionChar
Using a simple command-line switch, you can configure your XP Pro workstation to automatically complete filenames and directory names when you press the Tab key.
Rem: Interpolating an Array Element to Reference a Property Name
Learn what an interpolated variable is by comparing a scripting language that supports interpolated variables with one that doesn’t.
Rem: Setting Cluster File-Share Permissions
Cluster.exe lets you configure your cluster's file-share permissions without knowing trustees’ SIDs.
Rem: Authentication Problems with ADSI Provider
If you’re having authentication problems with your ADSI script, the problem might not be with your code. Microsoft has documented several authentication problems that occur when you use the ADSI WinNT provider with the OpenDSObject method.
Rem: Using Nslookup with Random IP Addresses
Do you need DNS information about an IP address? Here’s a script that lets you enter an IP address from the command line, then runs Nslookup against that address.
Rem: Playing a .wav File
In WSH scripts, you can use the WshShell object’s Run method to play .wav files in Windows’ Sound Recorder program.
Rem: Learning About Windows Shell Scripting 2
If you want to learn about the Windows command processor and batch files, check out these resources.
Rem: Counting Objects in AD Containers 2
Several ways exist to count the number of child objects in Active Directory containers. However, each solution has its drawbacks.
Rem: Retrieving the Value of the ObjectGUID Attribute 2
The code can be amazingly simple or moderately complex.
Rem: Blazing a New Frontier with Monad
Monad will provide a new console-based command shell, new commands, and a new shell-scripting language.
Rem: Finding and Disabling Inactive AD User Accounts 6
Here’s a novel approach that uses the pwdLastSet attribute to find and disable stale AD user accounts in Win2K.
Rem: Remotely Installing Security Patches
Learn where you can obtain sample scripts and instructions on how to install on remote computers the security patch for the Blaster virus.
Rem: Configuring ICS and ICF Settings
You can’t use WMI, but you can use the Home Networking Configuration Manager component.
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