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I have to automate several tasks on a windows 2003 server machine. I have been struggling with all sorts of quirks in windows batch files (like the lack of SLEEP command and the fact that WMIC is not PSEXEC friendly...). Is there a free resource out there that can act as a reference for windows scripting? The documentation I found on Microsoft are not adequate, they describe each function/keyword in detail but they don't have (or at least I could not find) anything on creating complex scripts.

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What kind of scripting? vbscript? powershell? –  Jim B Sep 7 '10 at 17:36
    
Actually I was doing vanilla batch files but powershell definitely seems like the way to go, thanks! :) –  shipmaster Sep 7 '10 at 17:52
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The technet scriptcenter is a one stop shop for all things related to microsoft scripting. There are various tutorials and hours of introductory video and labs.

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Scriptcenter is good. Another resource is MVPS.org's scripting site.

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Powershell.com is a great resource for Powershell scripting. Also, have a look a this free e-book on the site - Mastering Powershell by Dr. Tobias Weltner. Good stuff.

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