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randalldale

Pass parameters in VBScript

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Hi guys,

First thanks for all the help in the past.

A little background I have an image that I deploy out to a company that they are wanting to switch to end user installs. Becasue of that I need to hide the cd key and the admin password. What I thought is to dynamically build a script that the boot.wim would create a VBS file that would set the CD key and password parameters\variables. What I want to do is then pass them to my script that builds the sysprep.inf file dynamically.

So my question is how do I set values in a vbs and then call that vbs to pass parameters?

The first part is easy I believe:

ProdID = "1234-5678-abcd-efgh-ijkl"

AdminPassWord = "Password"

Except when I call this from my other script the values don't get set.

objWShell.Run "x:\settingVariables.vbs",0, True

'MsgBox ProdID' is blank

So what am I doing wrong?

Thanks for your help,

Randy

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Sent params simply:

WshShell.Run "temp.vbs Text1 Text2 Text3", 1, True

Params containing white spaces

WshShell.Run "temp.vbs ""Mon Text 1"" ""Mon Text 2"" ""Mon Text 3""", 1, True

Named params:

WshShell.Run "temp.vbs /paramA:Text1 /paramB:Text2 /paramC:Text3", 1, True

Collect parameters aka arguments:

If only one:

Arg = WScript.Arguments(0)

If sevral:

Set Args = Wscript.Arguments
For Each a in Args
Arg=a
Next

Taking named arguments

Set NamedArgs = Wscript.Arguments.Named
A = NamedArgs("ParamA")
B = NamedArgs("ParamB")
C = NamedArgs("ParamC")

Taking named and unamed arguments:

Set NamedArgs = Wscript.Arguments.Named
Set UnNamedArgs = Wscript.Arguments.Unnamed
A = NamedArgs("ParamA")
B = NamedArgs("ParamB")
C = NamedArgs("ParamC")
MyVar0 = UnNamedArgs(0)
MyVar1 = UnNamedArgs(1)
MyVar2 = UnNamedArgs(2)

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I'm using HTA files and wscript will not run in an HTA file.

Plus I'm not sure about the temp.vbs is this creating it or is it already created? It's kind of confusing to a noobe...

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No, no, "temp.vbs" is an example and it represents your vbscript file.

The code to capture the parameter in hta is the following:

Here "testcmdl" is also an example, you can name the way you want, just without white space.

"testcmdl.commandLine" will return the entire command line used to launch the hta (including the param), so you will have to crop the text from the command line that you need.

<HEAD>
<HTA:APPLICATION ID="testcmdl">
<script LANGUAGE="VBScript">

Sub window_onLoad()
MyParam = testcmdl.commandLine
End Sub

</SCRIPT>
</HEAD>

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Fredledingue, I really appreciate your help but I still do not understand how I'm calling a vbScript and using the paramters in my HTA file.

you are saying

Sub window_onLoad()

MyParam = z:\MYvbScript.vbs.commanline

End Sub

I get 'Error: Expected Statement'

Here is what I'm trying to do, I have a vbScript that sets the parameter:

Dim ProdID, AdminPassword

ProdID = "xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx"

AdminPassword = "Password"

This is saved as settingvariables.vbs ... very simple. I have that file in my boot structure under the BOOT.WIM file.

What I need to do is some how call that file and the parameters be usable in my HTA file.

I have tried

Sub window_onLoad()

Set objWShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

objWShell.Run("x:\settingvariables.vbs"),0,True

End Sub

MsgBox ProdID

But the paramters do not get passed and are blank.

Thanks again for your help,

Randy

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I am going assume this

1:\ You have a vbs file that looks like this

Dim ProdID, AdminPassword
ProdID = "xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx"
AdminPassword = "Password"

I am going assume this

2:\ That you want the hta to get the ID and PW from the hta, then try this

  <HTA:APPLICATION ID='Install_MS'
Scroll='No'
SCROLLFLAT ='No'
SingleInstance='Yes'
SysMenu='Yes'
MaximizeButton='No'
MinimizeButton='Yes'
Border='Thin'
BORDERSTYLE ='complex'
INNERBORDER ='Yes'
Caption='Yes'
WindowState='Normal'
APPLICATIONNAME='InstallMS'
Icon='%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe'>
<STYLE Type='text/css'>
Body
{
Font-Size:9.95pt;
Font-Weight:Bold;
Font-Family:segoeui,helvetica,verdana,arial;
Color:#001142;
BackGround-Color:Transparent;
Filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Gradient
(StartColorStr='#ece6e0',EndColorStr='#c0bab4');
Margin-Top:2;
Margin-Bottom:2;
Margin-Left:2;
Margin-Right:2;
Padding-Top:2;
Padding-Bottom:2;
Padding-Left:2;
Padding-Right:2;
Text-Align:Left;
Vertical-Align:Top;
Border-Top:2px Solid #cbc7c3;
Border-Bottom:3px Solid #a6a29e;
Border-Left:2px Solid #bcb8b4;
Border-Right:3px Solid #b2aeaa;
}
</STYLE>
<script Language="VBScript">
Dim Act :Set Act = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
Dim Fso :Set Fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Dim Vbs :Vbs = Act.CurrentDirectory & "\MYvbScript.vbs"
window.resizeTo 475,271
Function Window_onLoad()
CheckForFile()
End Function
Function CheckForFile()
If Fso.FileExists(Vbs) Then
Txt1.innerHTML = "Confirm"
Dim Ts, Z1, Z2
Set Ts = Fso.OpenTextFile(vbs,1)
Do Until Ts.AtEndOfStream
Z1 = Ts.Readline
If Instr(Z1,"ProdID =") Or Instr(Z1,"AdminPassword =") Then
Z2 = Z2 & Z1 & "<BR>"
End If
Loop
Txt1.innerHTML = "Confirm : " & Vbs & "<BR>" & Z2
Else
Txt1.innerHTML = "Missing"
End If
End Function
</SCRIPT>
<BODY>
<TABLE Align='Left'><DIV ID='Txt1'> </DIV></TABLE>
</BODY>

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Ok,

I figured it out...

Instead of creating the vbScript file I just needed to create a text file and read the lines on it into variables/arguments.

Const ForReading = 1

Set Fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

Set objFile = FSO.OpenTextFile("x:\settingVariables.txt", ForReading)

Do Until objFile.AtEndOfStream

strLine = objFile.ReadLine

Execute strLine

Loop

objFile.Close

MsgBox ProdID

MsgBox AdminPassWord

Contents of the settingVariables.txt:

ProdID = "xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx"

AdminPassWord = "Password"

You can now use it to hide important things like the CD ket and admin password inside your boot structure. I hope this helps someone besides me out...

Thanks again guys...

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Yes, of course.

Instead of a loop you can type:

Execute ObjFile.ReadAll

Be careful to respect vbs syntax in the text file.

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Just include the file into your hta.

Place this above any other <script> tags:

<script Language=vbscript src="./yourfile.vbs"></script>

yourfile.vbs will have these line contained within:

Dim ProdID, AdminPassword
ProdID = "xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx"
AdminPassword = "Password"

That's it.

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Scr1ptW1zard,

I don't know if you can add a second script in vbscript inside the hta if you do that.

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Fredledingue,

I have several .hta's that I do this with. I have common script files that contain frequently used functions and subroutines. If I edit any of these common script files, my .hta's automatically have the update included. I find it very useful. Give it a try.

Here is my actual include statements for one of my HTA's:

<script Language=javascript src="./js/variables.js"></script>
<script Language=javascript src="./js/functions.js"></script>
<script language=javascript>
window.onbeforeunload=preUnload;
</script>
<script Language=vbscript src="./vbs/objects.vbs"></script>
<script Language=vbscript src="./vbs/constants.vbs"></script>
<script Language=vbscript src="./vbs/subroutines.vbs"></script>
<script Language=vbscript src="./vbs/functions.vbs"></script>

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Great! I didn't know it was pssible.

I seldom use the same functions from one script to another but it's useful to know.

What does this mean:

window.onbeforeunload=preUnload;

?

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window.onbeforeunload=preUnload;
He's got a function called "preUnload" that he wants to fire on the page unload event. JScript sets an event handler for the window unload event, and executes the preUnload function somewhere in his code when the page unload event is raised.
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