Simple script to write to file from multiple hosts

here's a stumper. At least for me. Take the following script and run it from local host. I creates a .csv file just fine with the two parameters given (hostname and date). Simple right, well....... yes and no runs fine on local machine and does what it's suppose to. Run it from a remote host and it only writes the date. No hostname. OK to confuse the issue more. Delete the file and run the same script and it will create the file with the correct items (hostname and date). Run the very same script from local machine and it will only add the date, no hostname.

        $date = Get-Date -format MMM.dd.yyyy
      $compname = get-content env:computername
      $tag = "$date" , "$compname"
      $psObject = $null
      $psObject = New-Object psobject
      foreach($o in $tag)
            {add-Member -InputObject $psobject -Membertype noteproperty -Name $o -Value $o}
      $psObject | Export-Csv -NoType -Append -Path "\\wit2\temp\tag.csv" -Force

What majic am I missing.

Thanks. Richard.
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You want the property names to be consistent.  It doesn't make sense to have a property called "mycomputer" when the value of that property is just going to be the same as the name.  Same for a property called "Apr.14.2015".  The properties should have a consistent name, whether they are run one computer or another, today or some other day.

When you use the -force (Luke :) ) parameter, you can append items that have matching property names, but it won't create new columns for the mismatched properties.

$date = Get-Date -format MMM.dd.yyyy
$compname = get-content env:computername
$psObject = New-Object psobject
Add-Member -InputObject $psobject -Membertype noteproperty -Name "Date" -Value $date
Add-Member -InputObject $psobject -Membertype noteproperty -Name "Computer" -Value $compname
$psObject | Export-Csv -NoType -Append -Path "\\wit2\temp\tag.csv"

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An optimized version.
New-Object PsObject -Property @{ `
                        Date = Get-Date -format MMM.dd.yyyy
                        Computer = $env:computername
                        } |
 Export-Csv -NoType -Append -Path "\\wit2\temp\tag.csv"

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RichardPWolfAuthor Commented:
Wow. seems much simpler. I'll give it a try. Just for background what I'm trying to do is create a file that when an event is triggered on any one of about 20 servers it will write that basic information into a file. At the end of the month I'll be doing a count object to report how many times each server had that event happen. Initially I was trying to report using winevent etc. but it was becoming to un-wielding so I simplified the process.

Thanks. I'll get back to you on this as I'm trying to get a router working at this time.
RichardPWolfAuthor Commented:
Haven't forgot. Been battling power issues and hardware failures. Should be able to test next week.

Thanks for the patience.
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RichardPWolfAuthor Commented:
Sorry it took so long (priorities).

I made a minor change to your script to write to a network share but I receive this message when executing the script from a remote system. It works fine on my workstation. The only difference that I can see is possibly versions of powershell.

Export-Csv : A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name 'Append'.
At line:5 char:31
+     Export-Csv -NoType -Append <<<<  -Path "\\jill\IT-Dept\Docs\Docs\Monthly IT Reports\EventLogBackup\tag.csv"
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [Export-Csv], ParameterBindingException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NamedParameterNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.ExportCsvCommand
-----------end of error--------------
The -Append parameter was added to Export-CSV in PS 3.0.  If that's not available where you need to run it and can't upgrade, then your other option is to use Add-Content instead of Export-CSV.  Instead of submitting complex objects (like with Export-CSV), you will have to manually construct a string with the format you want to submit to Add-Content.

$Date = Get-Date -format MMM.dd.yyyy
$Computer = $env:computername
Write-Output "$Date,$Computer" | Add-Content -Path "\\wit2\temp\tag.csv"

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RichardPWolfAuthor Commented:
OK, that's what I thought. I shouldn't have any problem upgrading and will do that as soon as possible. Of course your second script looks interesting and simple.
RichardPWolfAuthor Commented:
Thank you. I know this was extremely simple and after seeing the resolution I'm banging my head against the desk for not seeing it. I've been staring a code too much lately:)

Thank you.
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