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Logon Scripts: Using KiXtart and.ini Files

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Anybody who manages user accounts knows the advantage of automating the task. The last thing you want to do is visit every desktop to ensure that the users' Windows computers are set up to work properly with your network. One common way to get around this is to use batch files and scripts to smooth the process. Matthew Moran shows you an easy way to gain control of user logons with Kixtart, a free-format scripting language.

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This example requires the creation of three files. Two files are script files, and another file is an .ini file for storing drive mapping/share information. The content of the three files can be found at the end of this article.

Create a local folder called c:\kixwork. For these examples, place all the files and the kix32.exe executable in the kixwork directory. After the scripts are tested, you can move the files to the NetLogon share on all your domain controllers. (See the KiXtart documentation for more information.)

Additionally, create two Active Directory security groups called AGroup and BGroup. They will be used to test the drive mapping functionality below.

Modify the drivemappings.ini file. Where I have placed \\servername\sharename, replace it with a server name and share name that are valid on your network.