Scripting Blog [archived]

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How Do I Get Rid of Extraneous Spaces in a String?

(image) I know that I can use the Split command to separate a sentence like this - VBScript is fun! - into an array of individual words. However, what happens if I have a sentence like this: VBScript is fun! I can’t use a blank space as the delimiter because I might have lots of blank spaces. And I can’t use a specific number of blank ...

How Can I Use Both Command-line Arguments and a Default Value?

(image) Hey, Scripting Guy! I’d like to have a script that accepts computer names as command-line arguments and then runs against each of those computers. However, if you don’t enter any command-line arguments, I’d like it to default to running against the local computer. Can you help me out here?-- TS(image) (image) (image) Hey, TS. ...

Why Doesn't My Ping Script Run on Windows 2000 Computers?

(image) Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a script that pings a computer before it tries to connect to it. The script works fine on Windows XP, but doesn’t work at all on my Windows 2000 computers. Do you have any idea why?-- AK(image) (image) (image) Hey, AK. As a matter of fact, we do have an idea why. Here’s a simplified version of your ...

How Can I Tell Which Account a Service is Running Under?

(image) We have services that run under a particular user account. Each time we change the password for that user account, we need to change the password for any services that run under that account as well. But how can we tell which account a service is running under?-- SA(image) (image) (image) Hey, SA. By and large WMI is a pretty ...