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Chapter 10. Deploying Scripts for Comput... > Deploying Scripts on a Network

Deploying Scripts on a Network

The tools presented so far in this book give you the ability to manage a Windows XP, 2000, NT, or 9x computer. However, we've only discussed scripts from the standpoint of managing an individual computer. When you're managing a whole network of computers, you'll want to use scripts in several ways:

  • On a single computer, to remotely manage many others. In this case, a script needs to manipulate a computer other than the one on which it's running.

  • On multiple computers, with scripts stored in a common location. In this case, the goal is to have a repository of script programs and script components available for use wherever they're needed, with only a single copy extant in order to reduce maintenance time and cost.

  • On multiple computers, with scripts available on each computer. When a computer might not always be connected to a centralized network, but you still want to have scripts available for use by administrators or end users, you'll need a mechanism to distribute scripts and keep them up-to-date. Of course, this entails more work than keeping all scripts in one place.

  • On multiple computers, during user logon. Windows NT, 2000, and XP provide for “logon scripts” that can reconfigure a user's computer every time he or she logs on. This lets you ensure a consistent work environment and provide automatic updating of required software tools.


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