Command-Line Management Tools
One of the main reasons people write scripts and batch files is to help maintain and administer Windows and Windows networks. Where Windows Script Host has a host of objects that help you perform management tasks, the batch file language has only command-line programs to work with.
In this section, I'll outline a few of the command-line programs provided with Windows XP that can help you perform routine maintenance and administrative tasks from the command line and from batch files.
The Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server Resource Kits come with a CD containing almost 200 additional management and maintenance command-line utilities—it's an indispensable tool for Windows XP administrators.