Batch file overflow the server memory.

Posted on 2013-01-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
Dear Experts,

Bellow batch file shutdown remote laptops,
First it pings computer listed under computer.txt, and checks if computer is dead or alive.
if computer reachable, it will shutdown the computer in 0 second. And will print it into shutdown.txt file

for /f %%i in (C:\script\computers.txt) do call :Sub %%i
goto :eof

echo Testing %1
set state=alive
ping -n | find /i "bytes=" || set state=dead
echo %1 is %state% >> C:\script\shutdown.txt
if %state% == alive (
    shutdown /m \\%1 /s /t 0
echo %state%

It was running perfectly and was shutting down remote PCs.  After changing our antivirus to Webroot Antivirus, the script cause issue to the server.  Under taskbar/Process, it creates a queue of (ping and cmd) one after another and I cause the virtual server memory to crash.

So is it my Script that cause the problem or the Antivirus cause issue?

Question by:uknet80
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Qlemo earned 500 total points
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The AV. You can't change the successive calls to ping and cmd, but I assume the AV introduces delays and does not allow for freeing memory (fast enough).

Those ((((((  and )))))  aren't in your batch file? If they are, remove them, they are superfluous and introduce additional levels of cmd.exe.
Further your ping is incomplete. It needs to be
  ping -n 1 %1 | find /i "bytes=" >nul || set state=dead

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ID: 38823928
- (((( )))) isn't part of the script
- sorry for the mistyping, it is
  ping -n 1 %1 | find /i "bytes=" >nul || set state=dead

can you please explain a bit more, what you mean by
The AV. You can't change the successive calls to ping and cmd, but I assume the AV introduces delays and does not allow for freeing memory (fast enough).

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Qlemo earned 500 total points
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AV software needs to keep track of exe files already scanned. Else it would try to scan the ping command each time you call it, slowing down the system to an unusable state. For that, and behaviour observation, it needs to keep some more memory for itself, delay the unload of memory and code, and similar stuff.

Of course you will see ping processes created en masse, as the batch is calling ping for each PC to check. Each one is a short-living process.
The same applies to everything you put between parens, as that (usually) creates a subshell (cmd.exe process). The CALL command also might spawn a new cmd.exe.

You might get a small improvement by changing
if %state% == alive (
    shutdown /m \\%1 /s /t 0

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if %state% == alive shutdown /m \\%1 /s /t 0

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as this eliminates the needs for a subshell.
If you can spare the protocol file in its current "verbosity", consider using SysInternals PsShutdown instead of your batch. PsShutdown allows for a list of PCs to shut down. Together with the -n switch to set up a short connection timeout it should perform much better.

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I just remove ping and used psshutdown, that does the job perfectly


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