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I have this Batchfile below that will flush the cache of everyones Outlook Cache when you click on it.

I'm trying to get this thing to run on about 300 computers but cannot use a GPO to push it out.

I also cannot throw it in the start menu of users machines because it will run all the time.

Does anybody have a way to run this just once on 300 client computers with no user intervention?

Thanks for your help

taskkill /IM OUTLOOK.EXE
del "C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.NK2
outlook.exe"
^z
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This is "Per User", so it won't help you to run this "once on 300 computers"; you need to run this once per each user on each of the 300 computers.
Put the script below into the logon script or wherever; it uses a "flag file" to indicate whether the cache still needs to be deleted or not.
Note that "C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%" is NOT the correct path to address the user's profile; the user's profile path is in %UserProfile%.
Then there's a dedicated variable "AppData" on machines running W2k or later that points to the user's application data folder, which is the one to use here.

set FlagFile=%Temp%\OutlookCacheDeleted.flg

if exist "%FlagFile%" goto CacheDeleted

  taskkill /IM OUTLOOK.EXE >NUL

  del "%AppData%\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.NK2

  echo %Date% %Time% >>"%FlagFile%"

:CacheDeleted

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oBda,

Wow thanks for the updated script.

But remember I can't use a Logon GPO script.

I wonder if I can run this in psexec? I can incooperate this in that and have it run through a list of computers?

Thanks
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There's nothing that would stop you from using a GPO logon script (or the regular logon script).
The current version I posted above takes care that it will only delete the cache if it hasn't been deleted before.
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Actually I'm saying that I really can't use the GPO script because it's forbiden by upper management.

I know I can use your script in another way though. How would you suggest.
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You can basically use any way you have at your disposal to run this script during logon of a user.
You can of course run it remotely against a list of machines as well (and you don't need psexec for it), but that's more complicated, because machines can be turned off, the users may be using Outlook at the moment you're running the script, the folder might be redirected ...
This script will only echo the taskkill and delete commands it would otherwise run. Remove the CAPITALIZED echo commands to run it for real.

@echo off

set MachineList=machines.txt

set LogFile=FailedMachines.txt

if exist "%LogFile%" del %LogFile%"

for /f "tokens=1" %%a in ('type "%MachineList%"') do call :process %%a

echo Done.

goto :eof
 

:process

set Machine=%~1

echo Processing %Machine% ...

ping -n 1 %Machine% | find /i "TTL" >NUL

if errorlevel 1 (

  echo ... not responding!

  >>"%LogFile%" %Machine%

  goto :eof

)

for /d %%a in ("\\%Machine%\c$\Documents and settings\*.*") do (

  echo ... checking %%a ...

  if exist "%%a\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.NK2" (

    ECHO taskkill /s %Machine% /IM OUTLOOK.EXE

    ECHO del "%%a\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.NK2"

  )

)

goto :eof

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Wow fantastic. How come I never get employees that know this stuff.
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Just noticed that there's a quote missing in line 4, right before the second "%LogFile%"; should look like this:
if exist "%LogFile%" del "%LogFile%"
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So besides the Machine List names that I do manually, do I have to do anything for the &LogFile% ?

So I can just run this from my desktop with my list of computer names ?

Thanks again
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Nevermind LogFile is the list of machines it outputs after pinging them.

Sorry
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LogFile is the list of machines that haven't reacted to the ping, that is, these are the machines that still need to be processed at some other time.
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