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Login scripts: .vbs, .bat, or other?

Posted on 2008-10-23
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As a part of improving our AD architecture, as well as security, we've gotten into a philisophical debate about the best scripting technique to use for drive mapping and other calls to be made at login.  Many of these actions require conditional calls (e.g., based on group membership).

I need opinions & supporting documentation for using batch files, vbs scripts, creative use of group policy, or any other method.  Please assume that a high level of expertise exists fo accomplish either.

I have a strong opinion, but I need the frank opinion from you.

Thx

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The best method is going to be the method that gives you the most flexibility with the greatest security. Batch files are simply not as flexible as VBScript, and neither is group policy. Group policy is useful so a combination of group policy and vb scripting is beneficial. 
I would start thinking about using powershell for everything however.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/management/powershell/default.mspx
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RE: Powershell, It is not fast enough in V1 for login scripts, but V2 is going to be out soon and it is MUCH faster. If you would still like to use Powershell for logon scripts SpecOps has some great software http://www.specopssoft.com
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I would go for VBS, You have ADSI, WMI, registry, File system Object support bultin. Without having to user 3rd party software to do all these task.
You can also create a VBS with all fucntion (include) and make it really clear
I don't argue this can't be done with CMD or Bat, but IMHO VBS is simply cleaner and also you can encrypt it if you dont want your lamba users to open it.   (thought, the encryption can be unencrypted online :)  
 
 
 
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VBS here
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by:RobSampson
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+1 for VBS....

Things can get quite drawn out in VBS, but sometimes there are DOS tools that do things quicker, so I will call a DOS program *with* VBS to get results, such as copying files with xcopy.

On the other hand, PowerShell does shorten code alot, but I find it's learning curve a bit steeper, but it's complexity can also be your friend.

Regards,

Rob.
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Thank you all - vbscript is what I've used as a mainstay for a while.  I hope your feed back will help make a case to the team here.

I will also look further into Powershell 2 - a new language to learn.

Thanks again.
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