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Using Powershell to add/update records in an Microsoft Access db

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Powershell newbie here.

I have a simple powershell script that collects the hardware inventory of a machine, including the serial number.  I'd like to add some code to my script that puts the results in a single MS Access database, so that there is only one db record maintained per serial number.

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Here is a link that explains exactly what your looking for
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/resources/qanda/jan08/hey0115.mspx

There is another article written by a Powershell Dev that directed at SQL, but works for Access as well
http://www.leeholmes.com/blog/InteractingWithSQLDatabasesInPowerShellInvokeSqlCommand.aspx

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Thanks Bson!

I'll get back with you latr today after some testing.
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The script at TechNet is very close.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/resources/qanda/jan08/hey0115.mspx

But each time that script is run, it adds a new record.  I'd like something that checks for the existence of the serial number and then updates that record if it exists.  If the serial number does not exist in the db, then add a new record.  IOW, I don't want multiple records for the same serial number.
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I think you could add that logic.
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Thanks
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Was this solved because I need to update a SQL 2000 record base on a name but i dont want to add a new record. Can someone give me the update code. thanks
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We set a field in our Access 2k3 database to be indexed, allowing no duplicates.  Our Powershell script needed a line of code (below) so users wouldn't see the ugly errors when it tries to add a new record.  A powershell update code would be perfect, but this works well for us.

$erroractionpreference = "silentlycontinue"
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