You are here: > Administration


NOTE: ActiveXperts Network Monitor supports SNMP based checks. It ships with free SNMP GET and SNMP TRAP utilities. It also offers many SNMP scripts (PowerShell and VBScript). Download Now »

Windows Administration and Scripting

The ActiveXperts Administration & Scripting resource is a collection of pages for IT Professionals who deploy, manage, and support Microsoft Windows operating systems. The script collection is updated frequently. We accept new scripts from other IT professionals.

Active Directory Services Interface (ADSI) is a set of COM (Common Object Model) programming Interfaces. Like ODBC, ADSI provides common access to directories by adding a provider for each directory protocol type. Windows platforms contain providers for: WinNT, Active Directory, LDAP, Novell NDS and more.

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a public framework that describes Best Practice in IT service management. It provides a framework for the governance of IT, the "service wrap", and focuses on the continual measurement and improvement of the quality of IT service delivered, from both a business and a customer perspective.

Management Information base (MIB) - Most network devices and programs ship with so-called MIB files to describe the parameters and meanings (i.e.: friendly names) which are available for monitoring via SNMP. ActiveXperts Network Monitor can import vendor-specific MIB files, so it can be used to monitor specific OID's (Object Identifiers). This way, you can monitor your devices, computers, etc. by selecting your relevant OID's by name.

Microsoft Dynamics Performance Counters - Microsoft Dynamics is an ERP ("Enterprise Resource Planning") and CRM ("Customer Relationship Management") suite by Microsoft. It includes the following four main programs: MS Dynamics AX,, MS Dynamics NAV, MS Dynamics SL and MS Dynamics CRM. Use the Microsoft Dynamics Performance Counters to keep an eye on the performance of the Microsoft Dynamics suite.

Microsoft Exchange Performance Counters - Microsoft Exchange is a collaboration server product that runs on Microsoft Windows Server platforms. Exchange offers SMTP, POP3, IMAP, EAS and MAPI protocols, and offers Microsoft Outlook as its primary client.
Use the Microsoft Exchange Performance Counters to keep an eye on the performance of Microsoft Exchange.

Powershell - Microsoft Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting tool based on the Microsoft .NET Framework. It is designed for system administrators, engineers and developers to control and automate the administration of Windows and applications. More than hundred command-line tools (so called "cmdlets") can be used to perform system administration tasks and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). These cmdlets are easy to use, with standard naming conventions and common parameters.

A Resource Kit is a term used by Microsoft for a set of software resources and documentation released for their software products, but which is not part of that product. Resource kits offer supplementary resources such as technical guidance, compatibility and troubleshooting information, management, support, maintenance and deployment guides and multi-purpose useful administrative tools and utilities and are available separately.

SSH - SSH, the Secure Shell, is a popular, software-based approach to network security. Whenever data is sent by a computer to the network, SSH automatically encrypts it. When the data reaches its intended recipient, SSH automatically decrypts it.

VBScript (short for Visual Basic Scripting Edition) is the de-facto scripting language for Microsoft Operating Systems. It uses COM (Component Object Model) to access elements of the environment within which it is running. VScript has a Basic-like language that many popular applications (e.g., Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer-IE) and many developer products (e.g., Microsoft Visual Studio-VS) use. VBScript descends from Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), which is the language Visual Basic (VB) and Microsoft Office products rely on.

VBScript Collection - VBScript is used by system- and network administrators to accomplish various tasks, ranging from login scripts to complete mailings. We have collection a large set of useful VBScript scripts.

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a scalable, extensible management infrastructure, included as part of Windows 2000 and later. An implementation of the Web-based Enterprise Management (WBEM), and based on the Common Information Model (CIM) adopted by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), it includes a rich set of management data about computer systems, the operating system, and applications on a given managed system.

WMI Performance Counters - Using WMI, you can write programs to access system counter data from objects in the Windows performance libraries. This is the exactly same performance data as displayed in the System Monitor in the Perfmon utility of the Operating System. Use the preinstalled performance counter classes to obtain performance data in VBScript scriptsm PowerShell script, .NET applications or any other programming language.

Windows Scripting Host - Windows Script Host is ideal for non-interactive scripting needs, such as logon scripting, administrative scripting, and machine automation. WSH provides improved systems administration capabilities through the use of the WSH Object Model.
Although the built-in capabilities of WSH are useful, WSH's real power comes from its ability to use COM to call objects that expose automation interfaces.