# Export results to log file of commands in script

Hey Experts.  Here is a script that I found and am trying to tweak.  I want to echo the results of the script to a log file so I can review it and see how well the script ran.

#Specify the OU you want to search for inactive accounts

$SearchOU=“ou=depts,dc=12" #Specify the OU you want to move your inactive computer accounts to$DestinationOU=“ou=inactive,dc=12"

#Specify the number of days that computers have been inactive for

$NumOfDaysInactiveFor = 60 #Specify the description to set on the computer account$Today = Get-Date

$Description = "Account disabled due to inactivity on$Today"

Get

#DO NOT MODIFY BELOW THIS LINE

Get-QADComputer -InactiveFor $NumOfDaysInactiveFor -SizeLimit 0 -SearchRoot$searchOU -IncludedProperties ParentContainerDN | foreach {

$computer =$_.ComputerName
$SourceOU =$_.DN

#Remove the commented # from the next line if you want to set the description to be the source OU
#$Description = "SourceOU was$SourceOu"

Set-QADComputer $computer -Description$Description

Disable-QADComputer $computer Move-QADObject$computer -NewParentContainer \$destinationOU


The log would show which computer(s) were disabled and moved to the Inactive OU.  I'm figuring this would be pretty easy for some PS guru but that isn't me so your help is greatly appreciated!
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Open Powershell prompt:
c:\path\to\script.ps1 | tee-object c:\path\to\outputfile.txt

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Author Commented:
Thanks mcsween.  Can the command not be placed in the script?
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You define the output when you call the script so you cannot place it within the script.  You could however create a second script with that command in it which  you can call.

Also, if you don't want the output on the screen and only in the file you can use this instead to overwrite
c:\path\to\script.ps1 > c:\path\to\outputfile.txt

or use this to append to the output file
c:\path\to\script.ps1 >> c:\path\to\outputfile.txt

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Author Commented:
Gotcha.  Yeah I just want the results to show up in the log file, not on screen.  I'll test with the information you provided.
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Author Commented:
I couldn't get the PS script to work as their was some sort of error relating to not having the AD piece installed or enabled or whatever.  I wrote a batch script and never looked back at PS.

I have no idea if that works but believe that it does.  I will ask a mod to verify so that you can get the proper credit rather than delete the question out on you since I can't determine whether or not it does.  I'd rather you have the points AND a verified answer.

Hope that you understand.  Thanks!
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If you want to use that powershell script you need to install Quest AD tools
http://www.quest.com/powershell/activeroles-server.aspx

Add this line to the top of your script (not the batch file)
Add-PSSnapin Quest.ActiveRoles.ADManagement


Then you would run the script from a batch file like this
powershell.exe -command "& 'c:\path\to\script.ps1' " > "C:\path\to\outputfile.txt"

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So you can test until you get your original script running do the following.  Save the following line of code that calls  a single cmdlet to a new file C:\test.ps1.
Get-ADDomain

Then you can use the following command to launch the script and output to a file called c:\output.txt
powershell.exe -command "& 'c:\test.ps1' " > "C:\output.txt"

My original post assumed you were running this script from within a powershell prompt.  This one assumes you are running from a cmd window, run dialogue, or task scheduler.

Also make sure you execution policy is set to unrestricted or these scripts will not run.
Open Powershell Prompt and issue Get-ExecutionPolicy cmdlet.  If it returns anything but Unrestricted issue this command.
Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

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Comment http:#a40366831 should be accepted as the answer as it directly answers the author's original question of how to save script output to a text file.
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My last commend just disappeared so re-posting.

Commend http:#a40369764  should be the accepted answer with a grade of A as it directly answered the author's original question of how to save script output to a text file.
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