powershell grep to query txt files on remote hosts

Have a need to query txt files on remote hosts using powershell.

can someone point me in the right direction?

looks like wmi can query remote files....and maybe select-string?
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#remote host must enable powershell remote management
#you can run Enable-PSRemoting -force to enable powershell remote

# for single host
$cren = Get-Credential
invoke-command -computer server  -Credential $cren -ScriptBlock {Select-String c:\2.text}

$ for many single host
$comp = get-content c:\computers.txt
$s = new-pssession -computername $comp
invoke-command -session $s -ScriptBlock  {Select-String c:\2.text}
bnditAuthor Commented:
thx...so your suggestion works if the remote host has powershell installed. How about if powershell isnt installed? Is there a way then? Similar to the WMI technology...you can do Get-ChildItem on the local computer, but Get-ChildItem wouldn't work on the remote host. However, you could accomplish the same result of Get-ChildItem using WMI queries on the remote host.
QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Why do you think PS cannot access remote files? You only need to allow for admin shares (c$ and the like), and appropriate credentials to use them. Get-Content does not care whether the "file" is remote, local or a registry hive.
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bnditAuthor Commented:
I was under the assumption it wouldnt work. Do you have a sample script I could try?
QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
If you do not need to provide credentials, then it is as easy as
  get-content \\remotePC\c$\temp\example.txt
bnditAuthor Commented:
Ok lets assume credentials are needed
QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
$cred = Get-Credential
New-PSDrive -Name RemoteDrive -PSProvider FileSystem -Root \\remotePC\c$\temp -Credentials $cred
get-content RemoteDrive:\example.txt
Remove-PSDrive RemoteDrive

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bnditAuthor Commented:
Tried it...

Get-Content: Cannot find drive. A drive with the name 'RemoteDrive' does not exist.
QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
New-PSDrive did not report an error? I tried all of above, but without credentials, and it worked fine for me.

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bnditAuthor Commented:
Screenshots of what I'm getting

There was a type on the "-Credential" parameter....fixed now, but still not working. I must pass the credentials via the script vs. Get-Credential. This works for my other scripts.

relative path: X:\utils\logs
absolute path: \\MCCLANE\c$\utils\logs
QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Looks like the provider FileSystem does not like any -credentials parameter. Of course this is the only feature I did not check. Sigh.

We will have to use COM methods then:
$password = Get-Content "C:\scripts\password.txt" | ConvertTo-SecureString
$drive = new-object -com wscript.network
$drive.MapNetworkDrive("X:", "\\MCCLANE\c$\utils\logs", $false, "domain\administrator", $password)
get-content X:\example.txt

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For an explanation of the MapNetworkDrive method see e.g. http://ss64.com/vb/drivemap.html .
I don't know whether you need the ConvertTo-SecureString here. That depends on your text file.

bnditAuthor Commented:
I only changed X: for Y:...and here's what I get.

Exception calling "MapNetworkDrive" with "5" argument(s): "Type mismatch.
At C:\Users\ramon.alvarez\AppData\Local\Temp\5193195e-c50d-4cb1-82b2-31f15aa11697.ps1:3 char:23
+ $drive.MapNetworkDrive <<<< ("Y:", "\\MCCLANE\c$\utils\logs", $false, "domain\administrator", $password)
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ComMethodTargetInvocation
Get-Content : Cannot find path 'Y:\bytecount.txt' because it does not exist.
At C:\Users\ramon.alvarez\AppData\Local\Temp\5193195e-c50d-4cb1-82b2-31f15aa11697.ps1:4 char:12
+ get-content <<<<  Y:\bytecount.txt
    + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (Y:\bytecount.txt:String) [Get-Content], ItemNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetContentCommand
QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Try to use the plain password instead of the SecureString one.
bnditAuthor Commented:
This ended up being the best way for me to map a network drive.
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