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From "Jeff White" <jlw...@earthlink.net>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Setting up a virtual host on a stand alone Windows 2000 machine
Date Thu, 30 Dec 2004 19:31:19 GMT

From: Posta Kutusu

> I have Apache 2 running on a
> stand alone machine operating
> on Windows 2000 professional

From: "Leif W"

>
> To query the DNS directly without
> getting into the verbose ping, is to
> use the host.exe program.  This
> program along with many other basic
> networking programs widely used in
> other OSes which connect to the
> internet have never been included
> with any Microsoft OS product, up to
> and including XP SP2.

Really...

Notice you are "trying" to run
"servers" on non server OS
systems and then complaining
about a lack of server tools.

Anyway, about this lack of tools
for DNS (and for almost _any_
Windows type of actions), is
built-in VBScript usage a simple
enough "tool"?

Here is just one example (just what Apache
on Windows admins need) of using VBScript,
WSH, and WMI in Scripting.

September 2004

<quote>

Windows scripting technologies
enable system administrators to
automate many common tasks involved
in managing TCP/IP network clients.
This paper discusses scripting
techniques and shows scripting
examples for:

Retrieving TCP/IP client settings.
Working with remote hosts.
Configuring DHCP and static IP addresses.
Managing DNS client settings.
Working with NetBIOS and WINS.

Also included are scenarios that
combine basic techniques to create
sample solutions for more complex
networking tasks.

</quote>

Automating TCP/IP Networking on Clients
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/topics/networking/default.mspx

When using simple built-in VBScript
scripts (or the scripting language of
one's desire)

<quote>

The scripts linked to from this page
were all written using VBScript. For
sample scripts written in other scripting
languages (including Perl, Python, Kixtart,
Object REXX, and JScript), please see the
Scripting Languages home page.

</quote>

Scripting Languages Available in the Script Center
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/scripts/language.mspx

Anyway back to VBScript with the
simple built-in WMI objects, in what
is commonly called Windows Scripting,
then there are many DNS "type queries",
simply avaliable for all.

Scripts that can:

Enabling DNS on All Network Adapters
Determining a Computer's IP Address
Configuring Dynamic DNS Registration for a Network Adapter
Enumerating Host Address (A) DNS Records
Enumerating Canonical Name (CNAME) DNS Records
List Canonical Name DNS Records
List Host Address DNS Records
List Host Information DNS Records
List IPv6 Address DNS Records
List ISDN DNS Records

There many more VBScript DNS/Networking
scripts plus Windows Scripts for almost
any Windows actions at the Microsoft
Windows Script Center. There is a whole
section of scripts called Networking with
sub sections:

Client-Side Management

And

DNS Server

Microsoft TechNet: Script Center
Networking Sample Scripts
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/scripts/network/default.mspx

Yep, built-in objects used in
simple Windows VBScript
scripts that are simple
to run.  No tools huh?  :)

Running Your Scripts
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/script56/html/wsRunningYourScripts.asp

Browse the script Repository
(over 2000 scripts)
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/scripts/default.mspx

There are plenty of networking tools
from Microsoft (and third parties),
but these above scripts let's one learn
more about TCP/IP and their Apache
on Windows server's usage of TCP/IP,
before one blindly runs the many exe
type tools.  :)

Jeff




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