Thursday, October 17, 2013

Batch file: For each live computer in a domain, do something

Need a batch file to perform an action, executable, or script for online domain members only?

Here, for simplicity, our do-something is "echo computer-name is online":

Save the following to a batch file: (two % signs are needed in batch files, one % if at the command-prompt)

@echo off

dsquery * domainroot -filter "(&(objectCategory=Computer))" -limit 0 -attr cn > computers.txt

for /f %%i in (computers.txt) do (
   ping -n 1 -w 500 %%i | find "Lost = 0">NUL && echo %%i is online || echo %%i is offline

del computers.txt

This can easily be changed to work on a specific OU and skip sub-OU's (-scope onelevel):

dsquery * "OU=EXAMPLE_OU,DC=EXAMPLE,DC=COM" -filter "(&(objectCategory=Computer))" -limit 0 -attr cn -scope onelevel > computers.txt

So your do-something could be powerful when combined with commands like:
psexec.exe \\%%i some-command
START /B some-batch-calling-psexec.bat

You could get fancy and do multiple things by enclosing them in ( ) but separating them with &:
( echo %%i online & script.bat %%i)

So here is an example batch file that runs "gpudate /target:computer /force" on the Computers OU and it's sub OU's (This assumes you are logged in with administrative privileges):

@echo off
setlocal enableextensions enabledelayedexpansion

dsquery * "OU=Computers,DC=EXAMPLE,DC=COM" -filter "(&(objectCategory=Computer))" -limit 0 -attr cn > computers.txt

for /f %%i in (computers.txt) do (
ping -n 1 -w 500 %%i | find "Lost = 0">NUL && ( echo !time! %%i ONline, Launching... & START /B psexec.exe \\%%i -e -d -s -low gpupdate /target:computer /force ) || echo !time! %%i OFFline

del computers.txt


1 comment:

  1. Thanks me!!! Fighting windows batch limitations is a b1tch!!!


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