Grinding-Gears

While PowerShell is getting all the love and attention lately, and rightly so, it’s worth noting how much Microsoft is still invested in VBScript and older technologies, across the breadth of their products.  Here’s a list of .BAT, .CMD, .VBS, .WSF, and .HTA files still on life support.

Windows 10

  • slmgr.vbs
  • winrm.vbs
  • winrm.cmd
  • manage-bde.wsf
  • gatherNetworkInfo.vbs
  • prncnfg.vbs
  • prndrvr.vbs
  • prnjobs.vbs
  • prnport.vbs
  • prnqctl.vbs
  • pubprn.vbs
  • IIsExt.vbs
  • adsutil.vbs
  • InstallOffice.bat
  • Configure016DemoMode.bat
  • Pester.bat (PowerShell tester)
  • OnlineSetup.cmd
  • quarchk.cmd
  • 55 .chm files under %systemroot% as well

Windows Server 2012 R2

  • slmgr.vbs
  • DynamicCompression.vbs
  • SetAppPool.vbs
  • SetMimeMap.vbs
  • winrm.vbs
  • winrm.cmd
  • IIsExt.vbs
  • sildailycollector.vbs
  • CallUxxProvider.vbs
  • gatherNetworkInfo.vbs
  • sconfig.vbs
  • WUA_SearchDownloadInstall.vbs
  • INSTALLHCS.vbs
  • adsutil.vbs
  • prncnfg.vbs
  • prndrvr.vbs
  • prnjobs.vbs
  • prnport.vbs
  • prnqctl.vbs
  • pubprn.vbs
  • ipamProvisioningWrapper.bat
  • msdtcvtr.bat
  • startapp.cmd
  • usrlogon.cmd
  • quarchk.cmd
  • onlinesetup.cmd
  • TerminalServiceSessionDirectoryRole.cmd
  • login.cmd
  • FaxServerRole.cmd
  • DhcpServerRole.cmd
  • chkroot.cmd
  • end.cmd
  • rootdrv.cmd
  • setpaths.cmd
  • tsmkudir.cmd
  • tsmkufil.cmd
  • usrlogon.cmd
  • SCregEdit.wsf
  • manage-bde.wsf
  • 52 .chm files under %systemroot% as well

Office 2016

  • ospp.vbs

System Center Configuration Manager 1511

  • splash.hta
  • autorun.hta
  • portswitch.vbs
  • SetupCompleteTemplate.cmd
  • SetupRollbackTemplate.cmd
  • climsgs.cmd
  • provmsgs.cmd
  • srvmsgs.cmd

System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2

  • UploadAuditReports.cmd

System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2

  • None

System Center Service Manager 2012 R2

  • None

SQL Server 2014, 2016

  • None
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