Windows Scripting

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by Scott, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Scott

    Scott Guest

    How important is windows scripting esp. ADSI and WMI is in your routine
    admin task and do think it should be cover on the exams (or maybe an
    elective exam)?
    Scott, Jun 14, 2007
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    John R Guest

    I have been working all morning on extracting users from one forest and
    creating exchange contacts in another forest for those users. We use csvde
    for that, so it is very important for my job. csvde and ldidfe are great
    tools for getting things done much quicker than you can do it by hand.
    Knowing a little visual basic or other programming language doesn't hurt
    either when the data needs massaged.

    John R
    John R, Jun 14, 2007
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  3. Scott

    Guest Guest

    Scripting paradigms will change with the release of Windows Server 2008. I
    would think it difficult to build a case around the need and expense
    justification of putting in development time now based on WMI/WSHCom when
    next year we will be discussing scripting with Monad/Powershell extensions
    surrounding Longhorn and its DC capabilities.
    Guest, Jun 14, 2007
  4. Scott

    John R Guest

    Admittedly, I know very little about Server 2008. However, I do know that
    the question of scripting importance really depends on the shop you work at.
    Those progressive shops that already have or are about to embrace Server
    2008 will probably change as Wayne points out. Many non-progressive shops,
    i.e. mine, will be on 2003 for a long time. Shoot, we didn't even move to
    2003 until last year, and we moved from NT. I don't really see us moving to
    2008 until at least 2011. Even if you do move to 2008, if you have an
    environment where you help support your customer's networks, you have to
    know how to do things quickly on their network, not necessarily yours. That
    being said, I think if you are taking a test on 2000 or 2003 active
    directory, being tested on scripting is appropriate. At least to the point
    that you understand the basics such as the fact that csvde can use
    comma-delimited files, etc. Because, sooner or later, in a 2000 or 2003
    environment, it's going to help you when you need to automate creating 2 or
    3 thousand objects at a time.

    John R
    John R, Jun 14, 2007
  5. Scott

    Guest Guest

    While I understand and recognize the ongoing value to understand scripting at
    a professional leve in most environments, I was actually responding more
    specifically to the possibility of creating an exam for scripting on the 2003
    platform. Given that 2008 is just around the corner (end of the calendar
    year), the expense that goes along with developing an exam is just too great
    to justify building a niche exam on an older platform when the main thrust of
    certification development dollars right now are going to the new 2008 server
    track and associated technologies and the updated developer tracks.

    I absolutely agree with you on a technical basis that there is a lasting
    value to understanding scripting itself and that MOST environments will not
    even be thinking about moving to 2008 until 2009/2010 however in terms of
    where Microsoft is going to be putting exam development dollars, I just have
    a hard time seeing them go back to the 2003 track for scripting when they
    could concentrate more specifically on an MCTS on the powershell platform.
    Guest, Jun 15, 2007
  6. Scott

    John R Guest

    Absolutely. I completely missed the OP alluding to an elective exam on
    scripting. I agree with you whole-heartedly, it ain't gonna happen.

    Microsoft (back in the NT days) used to have an exam that was just on
    networking concepts. I forget the number. At any rate, it got to the point
    where Microsoft dropped MCP status for passing that test. They said (and
    this is loosely paraphrased at best) that passing that test did not really
    demonstrate any particular knowledge of Microsoft products, and therefore it
    didn't really qualify for MCP status. That really irked a lot of people,
    especially those that took the time to pass it (read "pay for the test")
    only to get absolutely no return on it, not even a pretty certificate of
    appreciation. (One guy I work with passed it shortly after that decision,
    only he didn't know about it until after he took the test).

    To develop an entire test just on scripting, naw. Even if you created a
    test with scripting, support tools, MBSA, ILM, etc and called it 'Supporting
    the Windows Server and Network Environment', the utility of such an exam
    probably would not be appreciated in the real world. MCSAs and MCSEs are
    already expected to know that stuff, you don't need a specialist in it.
    And, let's face it, most of that stuff is just a google or a PDF away.

    Thanks for straightening me out Wayne :)

    John R
    John R, Jun 16, 2007
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