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VBS/VB ODBC Creation Script

How to create a basic SQL AD authentication ODBC connection (2003/2003 64)

This could easily be adapted to scripted deployments and will work on server 2003 / 2003 64.

Before starting, the easiest way to know exactly what you need to add is to export
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREODBCODBC.INI%odbc folder% and
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREODBCODBC.INIODBC Data Sources%data source name%
These exports will give you the keys needing to be added.

Below is what has worked for me, however additional keys/changes can be added to suit:

On Error Resume Next

Dim Registry
Set Registry = WScript.CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)
Set objShell = WScript.CreatedObject (“WScript.Shell”)

‘Setup ODBC
DataSourceName = “******”
Server = “******
DriverName = “******
DatabaseName = “******
WindowsAuthentication = True
DriverPath = “C:WindowsSystemSQLSRV32.dll”
REG_KEY_PATH = “HKLMSOFTWAREODBCODBC.INI” & DataSourceName

‘Create the DSN only if it doesn’t already exist.
Result = Registry.RegRead (REG_KEY_PATH & “Server”)
If Result = “” Then
Registry.RegWrite REG_KEY_PATH & “DataBase”,DatabaseName,”REG_SZ”
Registry.RegWrite REG_KEY_PATH & “LastUser”,LastUser,”REG_SZ”
Registry.RegWrite REG_KEY_PATH & “Server”,Server,”REG_SZ”
Registry.RegWrite REG_KEY_PATH & “Driver”,DriverPath,”REG_SZ”
If WindowsAuthentication = True Then
Registry.RegWrite REG_KEY_PATH & “Trusted_Connection”,”Yes”,”REG_SZ”
End If
‘ This key is required for the DSN to appear in the ODBC Control Panel
REG_KEY_PATH = “HKLMSOFTWAREODBCODBC.INIODBC Data Sources” & DataSourceName
Registry.RegWrite REG_KEY_PATH,DriverName,”REG_SZ”
End If
Set Registry = Nothing

Monitored Robocopy Replication

Replace DFS with a monitored robocopy script.

DFS has been a great system you would use to replicate files from one site to another; however one of the biggest limitations is the inability of monitoring it, IE – daily log to show that:

  • It is still working
  • To show WHAT is getting replicated

As a replacement I have taken a step backwards and setup a robocopy script as a scheduled task to mirror a source in a different location and a second script to send you the logs. Plain and simple.

The robocopy script is as follows:

@ECHO OFF
SETLOCAL

::SET _source=”c:Example Source Folder”
SET _source=
SET _dest=”d:Example Destination Folder”
SET _dest=f:

SET _what=/COPYALL /B /SEC /A-:H /MIR /XD “C:System Volume Information”
:: /COPYALL :: COPY ALL file info

:: /B :: copy files in Backup mode.
:: /SEC :: Copy security Descriptors
:: /MIR :: MIRror a directory tree
:: /XD  :: Copy except for the following folders
:: /XF  :: Exclude file(s) – ie the log file
:: /A   :: Set attributes

SET _options=/R:3 /W:5 /LOG:C:robolog.txt /NP /NDL
:: /R:n :: number of Retries
:: /W:n :: Wait time between retries
:: /LOG :: Output log file; can be placed of a network share
:: /NFL :: No file logging
:: /NDL :: No dir logging
:: /NP  :: No Progress – does not show progress bar

ROBOCOPY %_source% %_dest% %_what% %_options%

Now that we have replication, lets get some logging:

Set objMessage = CreateObject(“CDO.Message”)
objMessage.Subject = “Replication logs”
objMessage.From = “sender@contoso.com”
objMessage.To = “recipient@contoso.com”
objMessage.TextBody = “Please find attached you backup logs.”
objMessage.AddAttachment “c:robolog.txt”
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
(“http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/sendusing“) = 2
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
(“http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/smtpserver“) = “servername
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
(“http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/smtpserverport“) = 25
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Update
objMessage.Send