Yesterday evening we (a few ASP Insiders) were chatting at dinner about various topics, and one was administration war stories of IIS. That was no surprise with Scott Forsyth at the table, and about half the guys hosting at OrcsWeb.
He mentioned WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line), which comes with both XP and 2003. It is a command-line and scripting interface that simplifies the use of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and systems managed through WMI. Too bad that I didn't stumble across it any earlier.
So I have googled for a few very useful links to get myself and everybody else up to speed and going: