Collect information about remote computers with scripts
The Windows 2000 Resource Kit contains numerous tools to help you manage and extend Windows 2000 systems.
In addition to many graphical and console-based tools, the Resource Kit also includes scripts that you can use to automate a variety of processes.
For example, the Resource Kit includes numerous scripts that enable you to gather information about the local computer or a remote computer. The following is a list of some of these scripts:
- Bus.vbs: Retrieve bus information.
- Cacheinfo.vbs: Get cache information.
- Cdromdrives.vbs: Get information about the machine's CD-ROM drives.
- Checkbios.vbs: Display information about the system's BIOS.
- Compsys.vbs: List properties for the computer.
- Desktop.vbs: List desktop properties for the computer.
- Device.vbs: List and control devices.
- Devicemem.vbs: List DMA settings.
- Diskpartition.vbs: Get disk partition information.
- Dmachan.vbs: List DMA channels.
- Irqres.vbs: List IRQ resources.
- Listos.vbs: List operating system properties.
- Motherboard.vbs: Get information about the motherboard.
- Parallelport.vbs: Get information about the system's parallel ports.
- Processor.vbs: Get information about the system's processor(s).
To learn more about these and other scripts in the Resource Kit, open the Alphabetical List Of Tools folder in the Resource Kit installation folder and browse for .VBS files. Double-click a script to open a console window that shows information about the script.
Windows 2000 Server
Personalize your FTP site using IIS on Windows 2000 Server
For companies wanting to offer files to clients in an easily accessible way, HTTP-based file download is generally replacing FTP-based file serving. However, FTP is still a good file distribution method, particularly when a large number of files exist.
You can use several properties in IIS to personalize your FTP site. To configure these properties, open the IIS console, right-click the FTP site, and choose Properties.
The Messages tab is the place to go to configure the messages that users see when they first connect to the site, when they exit the site, and when they attempt a connection after the maximum number of client connections has occurred. You can use the three text boxes to personalize these messages to welcome the client to the site and offer tips on downloading or using the service.
The Home Directory tab lets you configure the way you want the site to appear to clients. The options in the Directory Listing Style group determine how the FTP site lists the files.
The UNIX option causes IIS to display information similar to a UNIX directory listing, and the MS-DOS option results in a directory listing like that on a DOS system. Users familiar with Windows and/or DOS will likely be more comfortable with the MS-DOS option, while more technical users might prefer the UNIX style.
Whichever style you choose, remember that restoring the previous directory listing style is as easy as resetting the option in the site's properties.