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Script to find specific words in a text file and export them to another

Posted on 2011-09-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hey guys,

I have exported all my computer names in a certain OU to a txt file using dsquery

Unforntunately it exports the computer names along with the CNs and all that good stuff

I need to find a way to extract the computername to another txt which they all start with mtlwksxxxx or mtllapxxxx where x is a set of 4 variable digits ,

So in the new txt file i just want the computer names to show

Question by:WBGames
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Steve Knight earned 500 total points
ID: 36562549
Would extracting the information in the format you require by easier?

dsquery computer "ou=whatever,dc=domain,dc=com" -scope onelevel -name mtl* -o rdn > pclist.txt

-o rdn will extract just the relative dn.


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ID: 36562560
What command are you running in dsquery?  I think there is an option to show only the hostname, as opposed to the full OU structure.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
ID: 36563106
When text.txt is your txt file containing:


This would extract your system names:

for /f "tokens=2 delims==," %f in (test.txt) do @echo %f | findstr "MTLWKS MTLLAP"

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