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PowerShell script to remove temp files and folders

Posted on 2008-10-09
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Hello everyone,

I'm very new to PS scripting, and i was hoping to get some help on creating a script that will do the following:

* access a remote computer
* parse through all users profiles (specifically %temp%/SAS Temporary folder) folder
* delete any files that are older than than 2 days
* email me a report with the amount of space freed due to the deletion of those temp files in that "SAS Temporary Folder" folder

please let me know if you need more details, and thanks in advance
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by:BSonPosh
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by:BSonPosh
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Here is one that should work against XP and 2003

If it works as you expect then remove the -whatif from remove-item
$tempfolders  = dir "\\$server\c$\documents and settings" -rec -force | ?{$_.PSIsContainer -and ($_.Name -eq "temp")}
foreach($folder in $tempfolders)
{
    $files = $folder.GetFiles() | ?{$_.LastWriteTime -lt (get-Date).adddays(-2)}
    foreach($file in $files)
    {
        $SavedSpace += $file.length
        $file.FullName | remove-Item -whatif -force
    }
}
"Total Space Saved: {0:n2}MB" -f ($SavedSpace/1mb)

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by:bloodywicked
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Hello BSonPosh,

thank you so much for you prompt respond.  the OS is windows XP.  However when i ran the script i got the following error.
PSerror.bmp
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by:bloodywicked
ID: 22689107
i also have this script which i created with the help of an awesome book called "Powershell in Action", but i was hoping to get a loop in there instead of having to set two different Paths.

also, I'm not sure if this code will parse through the folders that are located with the %temp% folder for each user profile.

thank you

$path0 = "\\bai-sas1\c$\Documents and Settings\cwu\Local Settings\Temp\"
$path1 = "\\bai-sas1\c$\Documents and Settings\ehendarwan\Local Settings\Temp\"
 
 
$days = 2
 
get-ChildItem $path0,$path1 |Where-Object{$_.LastmodifiedTime -lt (get-Date).adddays(-$days)}

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BSonPosh earned 2000 total points
ID: 22689812
Interesting... it seems to think you have long path values.

Try this... just checking to see if it does anything
$tempfolders  = dir "\\$server\c$\documents and settings" -rec -force -ea 0 | ?{$_.PSIsContainer -and ($_.Name -eq "temp")}
foreach($folder in $tempfolders)
{
    $files = $folder.GetFiles() | ?{$_.LastWriteTime -lt (get-Date).adddays(-2)}
    foreach($file in $files)
    {
        $SavedSpace += $file.length
        $file.FullName | remove-Item -whatif -force
    }
}
"Total Space Saved: {0:n2}MB" -f ($SavedSpace/1mb)

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by:bloodywicked
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strange, this one seems to work fine, and it added the amount of space that would be freed.  can i add like a mailto: line that way i can get this information email to me ..

or do i need to echo that output into a txt file then email that
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by:BSonPosh
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You can get a send-smtpmail cmdlet from here http://www.codeplex.com/PowerShellCX/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=2688

Or you can use something like this



 
$SmtpClient = new-object system.net.mail.smtpClient
$SmtpServer = "localhost"
$SmtpClient.host = 
$SmtpServer 
 
$From = "Friendly Reminder <User@example.com>"
$To = User2@example.com
$Title = "Subject Matter"
$Body = "Body Text" 
$SmtpClient.Send($from,$to,$title,$Body)  

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