Solved

Configure batch file to read from text file and pass values to commands

Posted on 2014-01-30
5
813 Views
Last Modified: 2014-01-31
Hello. I have the below batch file that does performs two actions. It copies a PowerShell script to machine and executes PowerShell on that machine using PSExec. The way I have it currently configured, I have to replace <<server>> in each command with the server name that I want to perform the action on. Instead of doing it this way, I would like to have the batch file look at a text file and pass the names of the server to the command. For example, I have a text file called machines.txt with names in the following format:

Server1
Server2

Is it possible to have the batch file look at machines in the text file and pass this to the commands?

Current configuration of script
xcopy C:\Temp\DP_Prep_Ver1_Network\DP_Prep_Ver1.ps1 \\<<Server>>\e$:
psexec \\<<server>> -u sccm\user -p password cmd /c "echo . | powershell -file e:\DP_Prep_Ver1.ps1"
0
Comment
Question by:Lorrec
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
5 Comments
 
LVL 67

Accepted Solution

by:
sirbounty earned 500 total points
ID: 39823029
try this:

@echo off
for /f %%a in (servers.txt) do call :process %%a
goto :eof

:process
set server=%1
xcopy C:\Temp\DP_Prep_Ver1_Network\DP_Prep_Ver1.ps1 \\%server%\e$
psexec \\%server% -u sccm\user -p password cmd /c "echo . | powershell -file e:\DP_Prep_Ver1.ps1"

Open in new window

0
 
LVL 55

Expert Comment

by:Bill Prew
ID: 39823084
Can even simplify a bit, although I appreciate programming is partly an art...

@echo off
for /f "usebackq" %%S in ("c:\temp\servers.txt") do (
  xcopy C:\Temp\DP_Prep_Ver1_Network\DP_Prep_Ver1.ps1 \\%%S\e$
  psexec \\%%S -u sccm\user -p password cmd /c "echo.| powershell -file e:\DP_Prep_Ver1.ps1"
)

Open in new window

~bp
0
 
LVL 70

Expert Comment

by:Qlemo
ID: 39824275
Any reason you are not using PowerShell Remoting here? And what's the "echo ." for?

If using your original code, it might be better to perform the copies, and then execute en block:
@echo off
for /F "usebackq delims=" %%S in ("C:\Temp\machines.txt") do xcopy c:\Temp\DP_Prep_Verl_Network\DP_Prep\Verl.ps1 \\%%S\e$
psexec @"c:\Temp\machines.txt" -d  -u sccm\user -p password cmd /c "echo.| powershell -file e:\DP_Prep_Ver1.ps1"

Open in new window

Note that I've used the "detached" switch, so psexec is not waiting for finishing execution of each command.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:Lorrec
ID: 39824657
Thank you for the quick response
0
 
LVL 67

Expert Comment

by:sirbounty
ID: 39824719
Happy to help - thanx for the grade! :^)
0

Featured Post

[Webinar] Learn How Hackers Steal Your Credentials

Do You Know How Hackers Steal Your Credentials? Join us and Skyport Systems to learn how hackers steal your credentials and why Active Directory must be secure to stop them. Thursday, July 13, 2017 10:00 A.M. PDT

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When you receive another warning that your shared drive is almost full and you have asked your users to clean out old files again and again, here is a single command that may help. This command will place all the files that have not been used rec…
Introduction: Recently, I got a requirement to zip all files individually with batch file script in Windows OS. I don't know much about scripting, but I searched Google and found a lot of examples and websites to complete my task. Finally, I was ab…
Monitoring a network: why having a policy is the best policy? Michael Kulchisky, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, VTSP, VSP, CCSP outlines the enormous benefits of having a policy-based approach when monitoring medium and large networks. Software utilized in this v…
This tutorial will teach you the special effect of super speed similar to the fictional character Wally West aka "The Flash" After Shake : http://www.videocopilot.net/presets/after_shake/ All lightning effects with instructions : http://www.mediaf…

696 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question