JSI Tip 8625. The Scriptomatic Tool.

The Microsoft TechNet Scriptomatic Tool page begins with:

If you’re like most of us, you’ve spent many sad hours staring out the window, watching your fellow system administrators drive by in their Jaguars and Porsches, preparing to flit off to Monte Carlo or some other exotic locale. And no doubt you’ve said to yourself, “Man, I know just as much about system administration as those guys do. Why do they get the fancy cars and the yachts and the Rolex watches?”

Well, we're here to let you in on a little secret. It's because they know how to write WMI scripts and you don't!

Actually, that's a lie. The truth is, learning how to write WMI scripts is not going to make you rich and famous (we just wish someone had told us that before we took this job). On the other hand, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) scripts can make your system administration life much easier; scripts can carry out many of those tedious and repetitive chores that seem to fill your day and thus free up plenty of time for you to do other things.

Of course, you're probably thinking, "Why should I waste my time writing WMI scripts when those Scripting Guys already have written every possible WMI script and posted it to the TechNet Script Center?"

Sorry to disappoint you, but, no, we haven’t. In fact, if you’ve ever browsed through the Script Center, you’ve likely had two reactions. At first you say, “Wow, look at all these scripts!” But then, after catching your breath, you probably add “Wait a second. Where are the WMI scripts that return information about video cards? Where are the WMI scripts that return information about network adapters? Where are the WMI scripts that return information about \[choose any and all that apply: processors, motherboards, batteries, USB hubs, IDE controllers, keyboards, monitors, sound cards, etc. etc. etc.\]”

Hey, well admit it. The truth is, we’re too lazy to write all those scripts ourselves (besides, there’s just too darn many of them). But we have done the next best thing. We’ve developed the nonpatented Scriptomatic, the magical new device that helps you write WMI scripts even if you don’t know the first thing about WMI ! Be the first on your block to download Scriptomatic (Scriptomatic.exe) !

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