By David Wiseman (Administrator)published 06 Feb 2008, modified 02 Mar 2009
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KiXtart Introduction

What Is KiXtart?

KiXtart is a scripting language that can be used to automate administrative tasks.  KiXtart suports WMI, ADSI and ADO and also provides access to COM objects for additional extensibility.  There is also a KiXForms plug-in you can use to create a GUI.

How Do I create a KiXtart Script?

KiXtart scripts are text files saved with a "*.kix" file extension.  This means that you can create KiXtart scripts using Notepad.  When you save a KiXtart script in notepad be sure to enclose the name in double quotes. e.g. "MyScript.kix".  The double quotes will ensure that the file gets saved with the right extension (instead of MyScript.kix.txt).

Although you can use notepad to develop KiXtart scripts, programs like NotePad++ can help with KiXtart development.  NotePad++ can highlight syntax and displays the line number, both of which can be useful when developing scripts.

How do I run a KiXtart Script?

You need to download the KiXtart script processor.  The KiXtart script processor uses XCOPY deployment so you don't need to use an installer.  To run a script file, open a command prompt.  Run the KIX32.EXE application, passing your script as a parameter. e.g.

KIX32 MyScript.kix

Further Reading

This has been a very brief introduction to KiXtart so I would recommend some additional reading: 

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