Need to write entries to database/xml file on remote web server from vb.net app

I'm working on an auto-updating application which we're going to deploy to about 150 remote field laptops. I'm hung up trying to find the best way to track user stats for each laptop after they have updated. So far my app grabs the laptop name, user name and a few other variables from the laptop after updating, but I want to then write this information back to a database or log file on my web server. I'm looking for the simplest way to implement this be it writing to an xml file on my server or even writing to a log file I can parse later.  I'll be using ClickOnce for the automatic updates and this code will be triggered by that event. Any ideas or examples of what others have been doing?
CalgOGPAsked:
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SStoryCommented:
Well... If you write to an XML or simple text file, then you could have a webservice on your website that the application consumes to send the XML file.  The service could then react to that in whatever way you like.

If  you want to put it in a database...if it is SQL server, you can contact SQL Server via TCP/IP address if you have the username/password and access to the table and TCP/IP is turned on for that server.  This is true of other db servers also.

You can do it anyway  you choose.  The database option seems simpler, if you can afford to pay the host providers db fee for it.  Of course the webservice wouldn't be that hard either.
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CalgOGPAuthor Commented:
Since I already have a mySQL server included with my hosting package I think that's my easiest way to go about this. Thanks for you help.
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SStoryCommented:
I think you are correct.  As long as you have access to it.  You could have a webservice that gets the data and then makes the db entry in MySQL.  There are, as they say here, "many ways to skin a cat..." (sorry to all of you cat lovers...it's just an expression)
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