[Tutor] Automating Windows (Maintenance)
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Mon Jul 2 20:45:14 CEST 2007
Daniel McQuay wrote:
> I wondering if any one uses Python to do such things as defragment,
> clean up temp files, check for hard drive errors, check for unusual
> processes running, and so on. I am in charge of maintaining a lot of
> Windows PC's and it would make life so much easier if i could automate
> some of these tasks. I am pretty new to Python but I seem to understand
> it a little better than VB Script. I have been Googling Windows
> Automation and getting some pretty good links but most if not all are
> done using batch scripts and VB Script. I have a batch script that
> cleans up temp files and defragments the hard drive but I would like to
> know if Python is a good candidate for this or should I just stick to
> what is built into Windows.
WMI is probably the answer to a lot of those kind of things. In
general, if you have a sys-adminy task to do under Windows,
put "WMI <sys-adminy-task>" into your favourite search engine
and see what comes out.
Then get the Python WMI module  and convert the example
from VBS to Python.
And Bob's your uncle. 
 eg, http://msdn2.microsoft.com/EN-US/library/aa394592.aspx
 Well *my* uncle, at least: I do actually have an uncle called Bob.
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