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Aslan
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:48 pm    Post subject: VDS and Active Directory Reply with quote

Has anyone tried to query Active Directory with VDS maybe with API or a DLL?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone???
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like Active Directory uses COM, a bit beyond VDS abilities.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might try using the "run" command to load Active Directory files like dsadd.exe, dsget.exe and dsquery.exe Smile I don't know if the AD-MMC plugin should be available on your system to do this...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aslan,
I did not want to say anything but I just couldn't help myself. Yes I have written scripts to access Active Directory but they all use my Gadgetx.dll so AD scripts will be possible when I release the DLL. In the mean time I would suggest using VBScript or JScript to do what you want to do. Soon you will not need another scripting language to do these common System Administrator chores. I have even found a way to embed PHP in a VDS/GadgetX script and use it with out the need for a browser control Wink
The documentation is just killing me. I am trying to make the doc's as simple as the code and some things I am finding very hard to explain in writting. I may fore go some of the documentation just to get the DLL out but I really wanted to offer a full package with lots of support and information.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DragonSphere,
I am certain that if you released GadgetX.dll, you would find more support on refining your documentation than you could possibly imagine! I would gladly purchase a product whos value is obvious, accepting a disclaimer of incomplete documentation, especially from an individual of impeccable character, such as yourself. There is no doubt in my mind that you would bend over backwards in support of your dll. In my 25+ years of involvement in various technical disiplines, I've learned that perfectionism will always get in the way of completion. (I am the epitome of a perfectionist!)

I don't want to rag on you, or anything, but I had to put my two cents worth in.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skit,

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You might try using the "run" command to load Active Directory files like dsadd.exe, dsget.exe and dsquery.exe...


I have been using the M$ AD command line tools but this process is very slow.

Dragonsphere,

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I may fore go some of the documentation just to get the DLL out but I really wanted to offer a full package with lots of support and information.


I agree with Hooligan, I think you should release GadgetX maybe with some basic documentation so that developer's can get aquainted with it and the syntax, then offer the Full documentation as it is available. In the interim, your forum on your website would be a good place for people to field questions as they're waiting for the full documentation. In fact, you would most likely end up with a lot of extra resources and user examples to create the more advanced documentation with.

In summary, Release it PLEASE. The little teaser you let me play with a year ago had me drooling. However, after a year of seeing "Coming Soon to VDS" I must admit I've been wondering if it would get released before VDS 6 which...well ummm I have no clue about it either. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hooligan and everyone else,
Your comments are very kind and mean alot to me Very Happy I will take these comments into serious consideration. I will at least compile a help file with all the syntax for the parameters/arguments of the commands/functions since I have most of that part done anyway. There has been several changes mostly due to memory leaks, OS compatibility, and usability. These changes will be posted to my site and there will be an official change log kept their as well.

As for my website and forum that Aslan mentioned I have also built a support site that you will be able to submit bug reports and general support issues. I really intended the forum to be used for sharing ideas and code between one another. Bulletin Boards are not really designed to handle support issues. They are ok but support questions are hard to manage that way. Also I am thinking about making a Wiki so you guys/gals can collaborate on projects that interest you. I just have to figure out how to allow you to create the Wiki's as you want. It would be cool if PHPbb had Wiki support built-in so you don't have to post 20 versions of the same code with tweaks to each post in the thread. Maybe a panel on the side for the Wiki so as you post you can modify the original code instead of having to post either the parts modified or the whole code listing again and again.
All of this is sort of like chipping away at Mt. Everest with a toothpick in the rain and snow... You think your getting somewhere until you have to stop to change the toothpick Rolling Eyes
Anyway VDS'ers I am working hard and keeping my nose to the grindstone. I have to go for now and I hope the next time I post it will be to tell everyone here that my DLL is released Cool

In the meantime Aslan check out this website from MSDN about Scripting. Mind you, you will be able to do all these things using GadgetX directly without the need for VBScript/JScript but it may give you some ideas of how to write the code for GadgetX. Take a look at the ADSI link for Active Directory scripting http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnanchor/html/scriptinga.asp

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I know I have mentionned this before regarding GadgetX, but i have seen it work, and even tried out some feature. And it has to be made public! Very Happy

But it would be a VDS update in a way ... Laughing

Anyway.. I know how you work, and you like things to be perfect, thats why I trust so much your work. I know doc is imporant, but the amount of examples you did and certainly with the basic syntax help file.. It would still be perfect. Smile

Hope it does see the day soon Smile

Thanks for your contribution here, much appreciated.
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