Sometimes I Make My Day...

This past weekend I was writing a quick piece of Windows Script Host (WSH) code to clean up some files on one of my servers, and I had populated a Scripting.Dictionary object with a bunch of string data that I was going to write to a log file. Obviously it's much easier to read through the log file if the data is sorted, but the Scripting.Dictionary object does not have a built-in Sort() method.

With this in mind, I set out to write a sorting function for my script, when I decided that it would might be more efficient to see if someone out in the community had already written such a function. I quickly discovered that someone had - and it turns out, that particular someone was me!

Way back in 1999 I published Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article 246067, which was titled "Sorting a Scripting Dictionary Populated with String Data." This KB article contained the following code, which took care of everything for me:

Const dictKey  = 1
Const dictItem = 2

Function SortDictionary(objDict,intSort)
  ' declare our variables
  Dim strDict()
  Dim objKey
  Dim strKey,strItem
  Dim X,Y,Z

  ' get the dictionary count
  Z = objDict.Count

  ' we need more than one item to warrant sorting
  If Z > 1 Then
    ' create an array to store dictionary information
    ReDim strDict(Z,2)
    X = 0
    ' populate the string array
    For Each objKey In objDict
        strDict(X,dictKey)  = CStr(objKey)
        strDict(X,dictItem) = CStr(objDict(objKey))
        X = X + 1

    ' perform a a shell sort of the string array
    For X = 0 to (Z - 2)
      For Y = X to (Z - 1)
        If StrComp(strDict(X,intSort),strDict(Y,intSort),vbTextCompare) > 0 Then
            strKey  = strDict(X,dictKey)
            strItem = strDict(X,dictItem)
            strDict(X,dictKey)  = strDict(Y,dictKey)
            strDict(X,dictItem) = strDict(Y,dictItem)
            strDict(Y,dictKey)  = strKey
            strDict(Y,dictItem) = strItem
        End If

    ' erase the contents of the dictionary object

    ' repopulate the dictionary with the sorted information
    For X = 0 to (Z - 1)
      objDict.Add strDict(X,dictKey), strDict(X,dictItem)

  End If

End Function

Sometimes I make my day. ;-]

How to add <clear/> or <remove/> Elements through Scripting

I had a question recently where someone was trying to add <clear /> or <remove /> elements to a collection in their IIS 7 configuration settings. With that in mind, for today's blog I thought that I would discuss a couple of ways to add <clear /> and <remove /> elements by using two specific scripting methods: AppCmd and VBScript.

It should be noted that you can also use JavaScript or PowerShell, but I'm not covering those because the syntax for those is available elsewhere. (JavaScript syntax is available in the Configuration Editor in IIS Manager, and the PowerShell syntax is available through the Web Server (IIS) Administration Cmdlet Reference.) You can also use Managed-Code, and the syntax for that is also available in the Configuration Editor in IIS Manager; but compiled code isn't scripting, is it? :-)

Here's the scenario, IIS makes it possible to modify the contents of an inherited collection in two ways:

  • You can clear the contents of an inherited configuration section, as illustrated by the following configuration excerpt:
          <defaultDocument enabled="true">
                <clear />
  • You can remove an item from an inherited collection, as illustrated by the following configuration excerpt:
          <defaultDocument enabled="true">
                <remove value="index.html" />

With that in mind, let's look at scripting those settings.

Using AppCmd

AppCmd.exe is a great utility that ships with IIS 7, which allows editing the configuration settings for IIS from a command line. This also allows you to create batch scripts that automate large numbers of configuration changes. For example, the following batch file enables ASP session state, sets the maximum number of ASP sessions to 1000, and then sets the session time-out to 10 minutes for the Default Web Site:

appcmd.exe set config "Default Web Site" -section:system.webServer/asp /session.allowSessionState:"True" /commit:apphost

appcmd.exe set config "Default Web Site" -section:system.webServer/asp /session.max:"1000" /commit:apphost

appcmd.exe set config "Default Web Site" -section:system.webServer/asp

I'm a big fan of IIS 7's AppCmd.exe, but unfortunately it has two rather large limitations:

  • AppCmd.exe does not directly support clearing the contents of a configuration section. (But there's a workaround that I list below.)
  • AppCmd.exe does not support removing an item from a collection.

These limitations have caused me some grief from time to time, because I often want to script the modification of collections, and I would love to remove items or clear a collection.

How to add a <clear /> element using AppCmd:

Although it's kind of a hack, there is a way to force AppCmd.exe to add a <clear /> element.

Here's what you need to do in order to clear the list of default documents for the Default Web Site:

  1. Create an XML file like the following and save it as "CLEAR.XML":
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
        <CONFIG CONFIG.SECTION="system.webServer/defaultDocument" path="MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST" overrideMode="Allow" locked="false">
            <system.webServer-defaultDocument  enabled="true">
                    <clear />
  2. Run the following command:
    appcmd.exe set config /in "Default Web Site" < CLEAR.xml

Unfortunately this technique does not work for <remove /> elements. :-( But that being said, you can add a <remove /> element through VBScript; for more information, see the Using VBScript section.

Using VBScript

Fortunately, VBScript doesn't have AppCmd.exe's limitations, so you can add both <clear /> and <remove /> elements.

How to add a <clear /> element in VBScript:

The following steps will clear the list of default documents for the Default Web Site:

  1. Save the following VBScript code as "clear.vbs":
    Set adminManager = WScript.CreateObject("Microsoft.ApplicationHost.WritableAdminManager")
    adminManager.CommitPath = "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST/Default Web Site"
    Set defaultDocumentSection = adminManager.GetAdminSection("system.webServer/defaultDocument", _
      "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST/Default Web Site")
    Set filesCollection = defaultDocumentSection.ChildElements.Item("files").Collection
  2. Run the VBscript code by double-clicking the "clear.vbs" file.

How to add a <remove /> element in VBScript:

The following steps will remove a single item from the list of default documents for the Default Web Site:

  1. Save the following VBScript code as "remove.vbs":
    Set adminManager = WScript.CreateObject("Microsoft.ApplicationHost.WritableAdminManager")
    adminManager.CommitPath = "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST/Default Web Site"
    Set defaultDocumentSection = adminManager.GetAdminSection("system.webServer/defaultDocument", _
      "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST/Default Web Site")
    Set filesCollection = defaultDocumentSection.ChildElements.Item("files").Collection
    addElementPos = FindElement(filesCollection, "add", Array("value", "index.html"))
    If (addElementPos = -1) Then
       WScript.Echo "Element not found!"
    End If
    Function FindElement(collection, elementTagName, valuesToMatch)
       For i = 0 To CInt(collection.Count) - 1
          Set element = collection.Item(i)
          If element.Name = elementTagName Then
             matches = True
             For iVal = 0 To UBound(valuesToMatch) Step 2
                Set property = element.GetPropertyByName(valuesToMatch(iVal))
                value = property.Value
                If Not IsNull(value) Then
                   value = CStr(value)
                End If
                If Not value = CStr(valuesToMatch(iVal + 1)) Then
                   matches = False
                   Exit For
                End If
             If matches Then
                Exit For
             End If
          End If
       If matches Then
          FindElement = i
          FindElement = -1
       End If
    End Function
  2. Run the VBscript code by double-clicking the "remove.vbs" file.

More Information

For more information about scripting and IIS configuration settings, see the following:

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A Little Scripting Saved My Day (;-])

I have mentioned in previous blog posts that I tend to write many of my blog posts and walkthroughs for IIS.NET based on code that I've written for myself, and today's blog post is the story of how one of my samples saved my rear over this past weekend.

One of the servers that I manage is used to host web sites for several friends of mine. (It's their hobby to have a web site and it's my hobby to host it for them.) Anyway, sometime on Sunday someone let me know that one of my sites didn't seem to be behaving correctly, so I browsed it with Internet Explorer and saw that I was getting an HTTP 503 error. I've seen this error when an application pool goes offline for some reason, so I didn't panic - yet - because I knew that the web site was in a separate application pool. With that in mind, I browsed to a web site that is in a different application pool. Same thing - HTTP 503 error. This was beginning to concern me.

I logged into the web server and ran iisreset from a command-line - this threw the following error - and now I was really starting to become agitated:


Attempting stop...
Internet services successfully stopped
Attempting start...
Restart attempt failed.
The IIS Admin Service or the World Wide Web Publishing Service, or a service dependent on them failed to start. The service, or dependent services, may had an error during its startup or may be disabled.


I knew that the cause of the error should be in the Windows Event Viewer, so I opened the System log in Event Viewer and saw the following error:

Log Name: System
Source: Microsoft-Windows-WAS
Date: 7/26/2009 10:59:52 AM
Event ID: 5172
Task Category: None
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: MYSERVER
Description: The Windows Process Activation Service encountered an error trying to read configuration data from file '\\?\C:\Windows\system32\inetsrv\config\applicationHost.config', line number '308'. The error message is: 'Configuration file is not well-formed XML'. The data field contains the error number.
Event Xml:

<Event xmlns="">
    <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-WAS" Guid="{4E616D65-6F6E-6D65-6973-526F62657274}" EventSourceName="WAS" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="49152">5172</EventID>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-07-26T17:59:52.000Z" />
    <Correlation />
    <Execution ProcessID="0" ThreadID="0" />
    <Security />
    <Data Name="File">\\?\C:\Windows\system32\inetsrv\config\applicationHost.config</Data>
    <Data Name="LineNumber">308</Data>
    <Data Name="Error">Configuration file is not well-formed XML</Data>

Now that I was armed with the file name and line number of the failure in my configuration settings, I was able to go straight to the source of the problem. (I love IIS 7's descriptive error messages - don't you?) Once I opened the file and jumped to the correct location, I saw several lines of unintelligible garbage. For reasons that are still unknown to me - my applicationHost.config file had become corrupted and IIS was dead in the water until I fixed the problem. I looked through the file and removed most of the garbage and saved the edited file to IIS - this got the web sites working, but only partially. Some necessary settings had obviously been removed while I was clearing all of out the unintelligible garbage, and it might take me a long time to discover what those settings were.

The next thing that I did was to take a look in my two readily-accessible backup drives; I have two external hard drives that keep a backup of the web server - one hard drive is directly plugged into the web server via a USB cable, and the other hard drive is plugged into a physically separate server that rotates drives with off-site storage on a monthly basis. The problem is, my weekly backups had just run, so the copy in each backup location had been overwritten with the corrupted version. (I'm going to have to rethink my backup strategy after this - but that's another story.) The backup copy in my off-site storage location should be intact, but that copy would be a few weeks old so I would be missing some settings, and I would have to drive an hour or so round-trip in order to pick up the drive. This wasn't an ideal solution - but it was definitely a feasible strategy.

It was at this point that I remembered that I had written following blog post some time ago:

I wrote the script in that blog post for the server that I was currently managing, and because of this preventative measure I had dozens of backups going back several weeks to choose from. So I was able to quickly find a copy with no corruption and I restored that copy to my IIS config directory. At this point all of my web sites came online with all of their functionality. Having fixed the major issues, I used WinDiff to verify any settings that might have been changed between the restored copy and the corrupted copy.

So in conclusion, this story had a happy ending, and it left me with a few lessons learned:

  • You can never have too many backups
  • I need to rethink how I roll out my backup strategy with regard to using external hard drives
  • Writing cool scripts to automate your backups can save your rear end

That sums it up for today's post. Open-mouthed smile

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Batch File: Delete Duplicate Files

Using this Batch File

Some time ago a friend of mine gave me a bunch of JPG files, but for some reason she had two copies of every image in the collection. The names of the images had all been randomized, and since there were hundreds of files in the collection it would have taken hours to find and delete the duplicates. With that in mind, I wrote the following batch file that loops through the collection of files and does a binary comparison to find and delete duplicate files.

To use the example code, copy the batch file code from below into Notepad and save it as "_del_dupes.cmd" in the folder where you have duplicate files

Note: As with many utilities that I write - this is a destructive operation, meaning that it will delete files without prompting, so you should always make a backup just in case something goes terribly wrong... ;-]

Batch File Example Code

@echo off

dir *.jpg /b > _del_dupes.1.txt

for /f "delims=|" %%a in (_del_dupes.1.txt) do (
   if exist "%%a" (
      dir *.jpg /b > _del_dupes.2.txt
      for /f "delims=|" %%b in (_del_dupes.2.txt) do (
         if not "%%a"=="%%b" (
            echo Comparing "%%a" to "%%b"...
            fc /b "%%a" "%%b">NUL
            if errorlevel 1 (
               echo DIFFERENT
            ) else (
               echo SAME
               del "%%b"

del _del_dupes.?.txt

Automating IIS 7 Backups

Many years ago I wrote the following KB article:

Truth be told, I wrote the script in that article to help me manage several servers that I controlled. Once I finished the script, I found myself routinely giving it out to customers in order for them to automate their backups, so I decided to turn it into a KB. When IIS 6 came out, Microsoft shipped the IIsBack.vbs script to help customers automate backups.

One of the great things in IIS 7 is the deprecation of the metabase, which has been replaced by applicationHost.config, but the need for backing up your configuration settings is still there. With this in mind, I wrote a small batch file that I schedule to create backups of my configuration settings using the APPCMD utility. Since I've been giving this to customers at Microsoft TechEd, I thought it might make a nice blog post for everyone that can't make it to TechEd.

To use the script, copy the code below into Windows Notepad, then save it to your computer as "BackupIIS.cmd". (I usually save it in "%WinDir%\System32\Inetsrv", but you could save it to your executable search path as well.)

@echo off

pushd "%WinDir%\System32\inetsrv"

echo.| date | find /i "current">datetime1.tmp
echo.| time | find /i "current">datetime2.tmp

for /f "tokens=1,2,3,4,5,6" %%i in (datetime1.tmp) do (
   echo %%n>datetime1.tmp
for /f "tokens=1,2,3,4,5,6" %%i in (datetime2.tmp) do (
   echo %%m>datetime2.tmp
for /f "delims=/ tokens=1,2,3" %%i in (datetime1.tmp) do (
   set TMPDATETIME=%%k%%i%%j
for /f "delims=:. tokens=1,2,3,4" %%i in (datetime2.tmp) do (

appcmd add backups %TMPDATETIME%

del datetime1.tmp
del datetime2.tmp



You can use Task Scheduler in Windows Server 2008's Server Manager to schedule this script to run at whatever interval you choose, although I usually schedule it to run once a week.

Backups will be created in the following path:


Where yyyymmdd is the year, month, day, and hhmmssii is the hour, minute, second, millisecond for the time of the backup.

I hope this helps!

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Creating XML Reports for FSRM Quota Usage

I had a great question in follow up to the "Secure, Simplified Web Publishing using Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.0" webcast that I delivered the other day, "How you can you programmatically access the quota usage information from the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)?"

First of all, there is a native API for writing code to access FSRM data detailed at the following URL:

That's a bit of overkill if you're just looking to script something.

There is a WMI interface as well, but it’s only for FSRM events.

So that leaves you with a pair of command-line tools that you can script in order to list your quota usage information:

  • storrept.exe - Used to manage storage reports
  • dirquota.exe - Used to manage quota usage

Right out of the box the first command-line tool, storrept.exe, can generate a detailed XML report using a user-definable scope. To see this in action, take the following example syntax and modify the scope parameter to your desired paths:

storrept.exe reports generate /Report:QuotaUsage /Format:XML /Scope:"C:\"

 You can also specify multiple paths in your scope using a pipe-delimited format like:


When the command has finished, it will tell you the path to your report like the following example:

Storage reports generated successfully in "C:\StorageReports\Interactive".

The XML-based information in the report can then be consumed with whatever method you usually use to parse XML. It should be noted that storrept.exe also supports the following formats: CSV, DHTML, HTML, and TXT.

This XML might be okay for most applications, but for some reason I wanted to customize the information that I received, so I experimented with the second command-line tool, dirquota.exe, to get the result that I was looking for.

First of all, using dirquota.exe quota list returns information in the following format:

Quotas on machine SERVER: Quota Path: C:\inetpub\ftproot Source Template: 100 MB Limit (Matches template) Quota Status: Enabled Limit: 100.00 MB (Hard) Used: 1.00 KB (0%) Available: 100.00 MB Peak Usage: 1.00 KB (10/25/2007 2:15 PM) Thresholds: Warning ( 85%): E-mail Warning ( 95%): E-mail, Event Log Limit (100%): E-mail, Event Log

This information is formatted nicely and is therefore easily parsed, so I wrote the following batch file called "dirquota.cmd" to start things off:

@echo off echo Processing the report... dirquota.exe quota list > dirquota.txt cscript.exe //nologo dirquota.vbs

Next, I wrote the following vbscript application called "dirquota.vbs" to parse the output into some easily-usable XML code:

Option Explicit

Dim objFSO, objFile1, objFile2
Dim strLine, strArray(2)
Dim blnQuota,blnThreshold

' create objects
Set objFSO = WScript.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFile1 = objFSO.OpenTextFile("dirquota.txt")
Set objFile2 = objFSO.CreateTextFile("dirquota.xml")

' start the XML output file
objFile2.WriteLine "<?xml version=""1.0""?>"
objFile2.WriteLine "<Quotas>"

' set the runtime statuses to off
blnQuota = False
blnThreshold = False

' loop through the text file
Do While Not objFile1.AtEndOfStream

  ' get a line from the file
  strLine = objFile1.ReadLine

  ' only process lines with a colon character
  If InStr(strLine,":") Then
    ' split the string manually at the colon character
    strArray(1) = Trim(Left(strLine,InStr(strLine,":")-1))
    strArray(2) = Trim(Mid(strLine,InStr(strLine,":")+1))

    ' filter on strings with parentheses
    strLine = strArray(1)
    If InStr(strLine,"(") Then
      strLine = Trim(Left(strLine,InStr(strLine,"(")-1)) & "*"
    End If

    ' process the inidivdual entries
    Select Case UCase(strLine)

      ' a quota path signifies a new record
      Case UCase("Quota Path")

        ' close any open threshold collections
        If blnThreshold = True Then
          objFile2.WriteLine "</Thresholds>"
        End If

        ' close an open quota element
        If blnQuota= True Then
          objFile2.WriteLine "</Quota>"
        End If

        ' signify a new quota element
        objFile2.WriteLine "<Quota>"

        ' output the relelvant information
        objFile2.WriteLine FormatElement(strArray(1),strArray(2))

        ' set the runtime statuses
        blnQuota= True
        blnThreshold = False

      ' these bits of informaiton are parts of a quota
      Case UCase("Source Template"), UCase("Quota Status"), _
          UCase("Limit"), UCase("Used"), _
          UCase("Available"), UCase("Peak Usage")

        ' close any open threshold collections
        If blnThreshold = True Then
          objFile2.WriteLine "</Thresholds>"
        End If

        ' set the runtime status
        blnThreshold = False

        ' output the relelvant information
        objFile2.WriteLine FormatElement(strArray(1),strArray(2))

      ' these bits of informaiton are thresholds
      Case UCase("Warning*"), UCase("Limit*")

        ' open a threshold collection if not already open
        If blnThreshold = False Then
          objFile2.WriteLine "<Thresholds>"
        End If

        ' output the relelvant information
        objFile2.WriteLine FormatElement( _
          Left(strLine,Len(strLine)-1), _
          Replace(Mid(strArray(1), _
          Len(strLine))," ","") & " " & strArray(2))

        ' set the runtime status
        blnThreshold = True

    End Select
  End If

' close any open threshold collections
If blnThreshold = True Then
  objFile2.WriteLine "</Thresholds>"
End If

' close an open quota element
If blnQuota= True Then
  objFile2.WriteLine "</Quota>"
End If

' end the XML output file
objFile2.WriteLine "</Quotas>"

Set objFSO = Nothing

' format data into an XML element
Function FormatElement(tmpName,tmpValue)
  FormatElement = "<" & Replace(tmpName," ","") & _
  ">" & tmpValue & "</" & Replace(tmpName,Chr(32),"") & ">"
End Function

When the batch file and vbscript are run, they will create a file named "dirquota.xml" which will resemble the following example XML:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <SourceTemplate>100 MB Limit (Matches template)</SourceTemplate>
    <Limit>100.00 MB (Hard)</Limit>
    <Used>1.00 KB (0%)</Used>
    <Available>100.00 MB</Available>
    <PeakUsage>1.00 KB (10/25/2007 2:15 PM)</PeakUsage>
      <Warning>(85%) E-mail</Warning>
      <Warning>(95%) E-mail, Event Log</Warning>
      <Limit>(100%) E-mail, Event Log</Limit>

I found the above XML much easier to use than the XML that came from the storrept.exe report, but I'm probably comparing apples to oranges. In any event, I hope this helps someone with questions about FSRM reporting.

Have fun!

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Viewing current FTP7 sessions using VBScript

A few weeks ago my friend Jaroslav posted a blog entry about viewing the current FTP7 sessions using Javascript, and I followed that up with a blog post about viewing the current FTP7 sessions using C#.

This blog entry follows up on those postings by showing you how to view the current FTP7 sessions using VBScript. To do so, copy the following VBScript code to Windows Notepad and save the file as "ftp_sessions.vbs" on a computer running Windows Server 2008 with the new FTP7 server installed:

Option Explicit

Dim objAdminManager, objSiteCollection, objFtpSiteElement
Dim objSite, objFtpSession, objFtpSessions, objFtpProperty
Dim intSite, intFtpSession, intFtpProperty
Dim intSiteCount, intFtpSessionCount, intFtpPropertyCount

Set objAdminManager = WScript.CreateObject("Microsoft.ApplicationHost.AdminManager")

' get the collection of sites
Set objSiteCollection = objAdminManager.GetAdminSection( _
  "system.applicationHost/sites", "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST" )

intSiteCount = CInt(objSiteCollection.Collection.Count)

WScript.Echo String(40,"*")
WScript.Echo "Site count: " & intSiteCount
WScript.Echo String(40,"*")

' loop through the sites collection
For intSite = 0 To intSiteCount-1

  ' get a site
  Set objSite = objSiteCollection.Collection.Item(intSite)
  ' get the FTP section
  Set objFtpSiteElement = objSite.ChildElements.Item("ftpServer")
  ' get the sessions collection
  Set objFtpSessions = objFtpSiteElement.ChildElements.Item("sessions")
  intFtpSessionCount = CInt(objFtpSessions.Collection.Count)

  WScript.Echo String(40,"=")
  WScript.Echo "FTP sessions for " & _
    objSite.Properties.Item("name").Value & _
    ": " & intFtpSessionCount
  WScript.Echo String(40,"=")

  ' loop through the sessions
  For intFtpSession = 0 To intFtpSessionCount - 1
    Set objFtpSession = objFtpSessions.Collection.Item(intFtpSession)
    intFtpPropertyCount = CInt(objFtpSession.Properties.Count)
    ' loop through each session's properties
    For intFtpProperty = 0 To intFtpPropertyCount - 1
      Set objFtpProperty = objFtpSession.Properties.Item(intFtpProperty)
      WScript.Echo CStr(objFtpProperty.Name) & ": " & CStr(objFtpProperty.Value)
    WScript.Echo String(40,"-")

To make sure that you don't see any message box pop-ups, run the script from the command-line using the following syntax:

cscript.exe ftp_sessions.vbs

That's about it for this post - have fun!

Viewing current FTP7 sessions using C#

A few weeks ago my friend Jaroslav posted a blog entry about viewing the current FTP7 sessions using Javascript, and I followed that up with a blog post about viewing the current FTP7 sessions using VBScript.

This blog entry follows up on those postings by showing you how to view the current FTP7 sessions using C#. To do so, start a new Windows Console Application project using C# in Visual Studio 2005 on a computer running Windows Server 2008 with the new FTP7 server installed. You will need to add a reference to the AppHostAdminLibrary by manually browsing to the nativerd.dll file that's located in the %WinDir%\System32\InetSrv folder. After you've added the reference, replace all of the C# code from the project template with the following C# code:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using AppHostAdminLibrary;

namespace FtpDumpSessions
  class FtpDumpSessions
    static void Main(string[] args)
      AppHostWritableAdminManager objAdminManager =
        new AppHostWritableAdminManager();

      // get the collection of sites
      IAppHostElement objSitesElement =
      uint intSiteCount =
        "Site count: {0}",

        // loop through the sites collection
        for (int intSite = 0;
          intSite < intSiteCount;
          // get a site
          IAppHostElement objFtpSite =

          // get the FTP section
          IAppHostElement objFtpSiteElement =

          // get the sessions collection
          IAppHostElement objFtpSessions =
          uint intSessionCount =
            "\tFTP sessions for {0}: {1}",
            objFtpSite.Properties["name"].Value, intSessionCount);

          // loop through the sessions
          for (int intSession = 0;
            intSession < intSessionCount;
            IAppHostElement objFtpSession =
            // loop through each session's properties
            for (int intProperty = 0;
              intProperty < objFtpSession.Properties.Count;
                "\t\t{0}: {1}",
      catch (System.Exception ex)
          "\r\nError: {0}",

When you compile and run the project, you should see a listing of all users connected to your FTP7 sites.

That's about it for this post - have fun!

Scripting MIDI Events in Sibelius

OK - I have to admit, when you realize that you are making software choices based on scripting language support you start to get the feeling that there are times when you just have to accept the fact that you are a geek.

Here's a case in point: I write music as a hobby, and when shopping for a program to write sheet music with, I chose Sibelius because I discovered that they have a really cool scripting language called "ManuScript". OK - so the name is kind of silly, but it's pretty cool to write code with.

The way it works is that you create what Sibelius calls a "plug-in", and you assign it to a category that will be used as the menu under which your plug-in will be displayed. Once you've done all that, you can start writing code.

For example, I needed to add sustain pedal MIDI events to an entire piano score, and doing so manually would have been a tedious exercise. So I made my life easier and created a quick plug-in that adds the MIDI events to apply the sustain pedal at full level to the beginning of every measure, and then adds the MIDI events to lift the sustain pedal at the end of every measure:

// Verify that a score is open.
if (Sibelius.ScoreCount=0)
   Sibelius.MessageBox("Please open a score.");
   return false;

// Retrieve a score object for the active score.
score = Sibelius.ActiveScore;
// Retrieve an object for the current selection.
selection = score.Selection;

if (selection.IsPassage)
   // Loop through the highlighted measures.
   for each Bar b in selection
      // Add MIDI sustain pedal events.
   // Return a status message.    Sibelius.MessageBox("Finished."); }

I should point out, however, that this is meant to be a brief example of what you can do. Running this same plug-in on the same selection will re-add the sustain pedal events to your score; I didn't add any advanced logic to check for the existence of any prior sustain pedal events. If anyone wants to take on that challenge, have fun and don't forget to share your results!

Converting W3C log files to NCSA format

Around a year ago I wrote a blog entry titled "Converting NCSA log files to W3C format", which showed how to use the MSWC.IISLog object to convert log files in the NCSA format back to W3C format. I wrote that blog entry to make up for the fact that the CONVLOG.EXE utility only converts log files to NCSA format, which some older log analysis software packages require. So what happens if you have a bunch of log files in W3C format and you don't have a copy of CONVLOG.EXE on your computer?

This blog entry is something of a reverse direction on my previous post, and shows you how to use the MSUtil.LogQuery object to convert W3C log files to NCSA format. The MSUtil.LogQuery object is shipped with LogParser, which you can download from one of the following URLs:

Once you've downloaded and installed the LogParser package, you will need to manually register the LogParser.dll file in order to use the MSUtil.LogQuery object. Having done so, you can use the Windows Script Host (WSH) code in this blog article to convert a folder filled with W3C log files to NCSA format. 

To use this code, just copy the code into notepad, and save it with a ".vbs" file extension on your system. To run it, copy the script to a folder that contains your W3C log files, (named "ex*.log"), then double-click it.

Option Explicit
Dim objFSO
Dim objFolder
Dim objInputFile
Dim objOutputFile
Dim objLogQuery
Dim objLogRecordSet
Dim objLogRecord
Dim strInputPath
Dim strOutputPath
Dim strLogRecord
Dim strLogTemp

Set objFSO = WScript.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder(".")

For Each objInputFile In objFolder.Files
 strInputPath = LCase(objInputFile.Name)
 If Left(strInputPath,2) = "ex" And Right(strInputPath,4) = ".log" Then
  strOutputPath = objFolder.Path & "\" & "nc" & Mid(strInputPath,3)
  strInputPath = objFolder.Path & "\" & strInputPath
  Set objLogQuery = CreateObject("MSUtil.LogQuery")
  Set objLogRecordSet = objLogQuery.Execute("SELECT * FROM " & strInputPath)
  Set objOutputFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile(strOutputPath)
  Do While Not objLogRecordSet.atEnd
   Set objLogRecord = objLogRecordSet.getRecord
   strLogRecord = FormatField(objLogRecord.getValue("c-ip"))
   strLogRecord = strLogRecord & " " & FormatField("")
   strLogRecord = strLogRecord & " " & FormatField(objLogRecord.getValue("cs-username"))
   strLogTemp = BuildDateTime(objLogRecord.getValue("date"),objLogRecord.getValue("time"))
   strLogRecord = strLogRecord & " " & FormatField(strLogTemp)
   strLogRecord = strLogRecord & " """ & FormatField(objLogRecord.getValue("cs-method"))
   strLogRecord = strLogRecord & " " & FormatField(objLogRecord.getValue("cs-uri-stem"))
   strLogTemp = FormatField(objLogRecord.getValue("cs-version"))
   If strLogTemp = "-" Then
    strLogRecord = strLogRecord & " HTTP/1.0"""
    strLogRecord = strLogRecord & " " & strLogTemp & """"
   End If   
   strLogRecord = strLogRecord & " " & FormatField(objLogRecord.getValue("sc-status"))
   strLogRecord = strLogRecord & " " & FormatField(objLogRecord.getValue("sc-bytes"))
    objOutputFile.WriteLine strLogRecord
  Set objLogQuery = Nothing
 End If

Function FormatField(tmpField)
 On Error Resume Next
 FormatField = "-"
 If Len(tmpField) > 0 Then FormatField = Trim(tmpField)
End Function

Function BuildDateTime(tmpDate,tmpTime)
 On Error Resume Next
 BuildDateTime = "[" & _
  Right("0" & Day(tmpDate),2) & "/" & _
  Left(MonthName(Month(tmpDate)),3) & "/" & _
  Year(tmpDate) & ":" & _
  Right("0" & Hour(tmpTime),2) & ":" & _
  Right("0" & Minute(tmpTime),2) & ":" & _
  Right("0" & Second(tmpTime),2) & _
  " +0000]"
End Function

I hope this helps!