write to file

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  • #21785


    So, I have a script that does a write-host to the console (see script below). I've tried everything to get this thing to write to file....

    I've tried just calling the script and passing the to the out-file parameter like this:
    C:\> .myscript.ps1 | out-file results.txt

    I've tried:
    C:\> .myscript.ps1 > results.txt

    I've tried re-writing the script to use write-output instead of write-host and it works for the first two write-host statements (hostname and template) but not the 'device name' statement which is in the for loop.

    Hoping someone can help me get this info into a file. It needs to be something that is nor version specific as we're stuck using a very old version of powershell.

    Sorry, it's not my language of expertise so the code below might look a bit shabby,,,,It works though, but only to the console.

    #Conecting and gathering information
    $objDomain = new-object system.directoryServices.directoryEntry
    $strTopDomain = $objDomain.distinguishedName
    $strTopLDAP = "LDAP://OU=Topology,OU=APC,OU=Applications,$strTopDomain"
    $objTopOU = new-object system.directoryServices.directoryEntry("$strTopLDAP")
    $strTopOU = $objTopOU.distinguishedName
    $topFilter = "(&(sita-Vps-computerLink=*)(sita-Vps-iwsTemplateLink=*))"
    $topObjSearcher = New-Object System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher($topFilter)
    $topObjSearcher.searchRoot = $objTopOU
    $topObjSearcher.searchScope = "subtree"
    $topObjSearcher.sizelimit = 1000
    $hash = @{}
    $objTopList = $topObjSearcher.findAll() |
    $hash.Add($_.Properties.Item("name")[0], $_.Properties.Item("sita-Vps-iwsTemplateLink")[0].toString().split(',=')[1])}

    $objIwsDomain = new-object system.directoryServices.directoryEntry
    $strIwsDomain = $objIwsDomain.distinguishedName
    $iwsFilter = "(sita-Vps-deviceTemplate=*)"
    $strIwsLDAP = "LDAP://OU=IwsTemplates,OU=APC,OU=Applications,$strIwsDomain"
    $objIwsOU = new-object system.directoryServices.directoryEntry("$strIwsLDAP")
    $strIwsOU = $objIwsOU.distinguishedName
    $iwsObjSearcher = New-Object System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher($iwsFilter)
    $iwsObjSearcher.searchRoot = $objIwsOU
    $iwsObjSearcher.searchScope = "subtree"
    $iwsObjSearcher.sizelimit = 1000

    #Looping through gathered information and displaying
    foreach($i in $hash.keys){
    write-host "Hostname: $i" | Out-File -filepath "c:\" -append -encoding utf8;
    Write-host "Template:" "$($hash.$i)" | Out-File -filepath "c:\" -append -encoding utf8;
    $objIwsList = $iwsObjSearcher.findAll() |
    $tmp_name = ($_.Properties.Item("distinguishedName")[0].split(',=')[3]);
    $tmp_device = ($_.Properties.Item("sita-Vps-deviceTemplate")[0].toString().split(',=')[1])|
    where-object{$tmp_name -eq $hash.$i
    if($tmp_device -ne $null){write-host "Device:" $tmp_device | Out-File -filepath "c:\" -append -encoding utf8}

  • #21786

    Don Jones

    Write-Host draws pixels directly to the screen. It can't be redirected, and it can't be piped like you're trying to do.

    Check out "The Big Book of PowerShell Gotchas" here (Resources > eBooks). If your goal is to do something other that draw pixels on the screen, you probably need to look into Write-Output.

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