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AutoIt is becoming increasingly popular in the systemadministration field as a tool for automating administrative tasks.Although this is one of its more popular uses, you can use AutoItto automate anything in a Windows environment. This powerfulscripting language can run any program and manipulate keyboard andmouse input. With its RunAs support, administrators can performunattended installations and configuration changes using embeddedadministrative privileges.

This guide teaches you the foundations of the AutoIt v3language. You will learn about variables and includes, graphicaluser interfaces, user-defined functions, and conditional and loopstatements. You will then apply what you have learned in examplesrelated to the system administration field. The examples in thisShort Cut can be used to create anything from a game modificationto a logon script that verifies Windows updates.

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