scotty_p
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PowerCLI Scheduled Task

I'm trying to set up a powercli script as a scheduled task, but it's not connecting to vCenter before running the task. I set it up to send an email and it does, but with not with the specific VMware commands. Below is how I have the task set up.

Program/Script:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\windowspowershell\v1.0\powershell.exe

Add arguments (optional):

-PSConsoleFile "E:\VMware\Infrastructure\vSphere PowerCLI\vim.psc1" "& 'e:\scripts\vmcount.ps1'"

and here is the script I'm running.

connect-viserver -server server.domain.com -user domain\user -password pass

$VMs=(get-vm).count
$ChiDS=(Get-Datacenter -name Chicago | get-datastore).count
$SavDS=(Get-Datacenter -name Savvis | get-datastore).count
Send-MailMessage -SmtpServer nauschieml4.domain.com -From user@domain.com -Subject "Inventory" -to

user@domain.com -body "VM Count = $VMs / Chicago Datastores = $ChiDS / SavvisDS = $SavDS"

For some reason, this is what I'm receiving in my email.

VM Count =  / Chicago Datastores =  / SavvisDS =

Can anyone tell me how I can fix this?

Thanks a lot,

Scott

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LucD
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Try capturing any messages by redirecting the output to a file.

Add for example '> script.log 2> script-errors.log' at the end of the command in the scheduled task.


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scotty_p
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I couldn't get the suggestion you proposed to work, however I got a quick screenshot (attached). Can you tell me anything about this?

Thanks,

Scott

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LucD
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Those errors just confirm that the Connect-VIServer didn't work.

Can you scroll back and  perhaps show the error on the Connect-VIServer cmdlet ?

Under which account are you running the scheduled task ?

Can you try to logon with account you specified on the Connect-VIServer ? Does the script work under that account ?

Does a Start-Transcript and Stop-Transcript in the script show any error messages ?


Blog: lucd.info  Twitter: @LucD22  Co-author PowerCLI Reference

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scotty_p
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Here is the error on the screen. I also tried a connect-viserver with this account and it connects. Any ideas?

[vSphere PowerCLI] E:\scripts> .\vmcount.ps1
Get-VM : 6/19/2012 3:28:55 PM    Get-VM        Server server.domain.com not connected.
At E:\scripts\vmcount.ps1:1 char:13
+ $VMs=(get-vm <<<< ).count
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [Get-VM], ViServerConnectio
   nException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Client20_ConnectivityServiceImpl_TryVerifyIsConn
   ected_NotConnected,VMware.VimAutomation.Commands.GetVM

Get-Datacenter : 6/19/2012 3:28:57 PM    Get-Datacenter        Server server.domain.com not connected.
At E:\scripts\vmcount.ps1:2 char:23
+ $ChiDS=(Get-Datacenter <<<<  -name Chicago | get-datastore).count
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [Get-Datacenter], ViServerC
   onnectionException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Client20_ConnectivityServiceImpl_TryVerifyIsConn
   ected_NotConnected,VMware.VimAutomation.Commands.GetDatacenter

Get-Datacenter : 6/19/2012 3:28:59 PM    Get-Datacenter        Server server.domain.com not connected.
At E:\scripts\vmcount.ps1:3 char:23
+ $SavDS=(Get-Datacenter <<<<  -name Savvis | get-datastore).count
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [Get-Datacenter], ViServerC
   onnectionException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Client20_ConnectivityServiceImpl_TryVerifyIsConn
   ected_NotConnected,VMware.VimAutomation.Commands.GetDatacenter

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LucD
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I'm afraid those errors are the result of not being connected.

You would like to see the messages coming from the Connect-VIServer cmdlet.


Blog: lucd.info  Twitter: @LucD22  Co-author PowerCLI Reference

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wamatha
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I am having the same problem, schduled task in Win2k3 will not run unless I login as the Run as: account.

I have piped the error and vmcount logs, no errors

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CRad14
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Like Luc said, can you confirm both the script and the account work outside of the scheduled task>?

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wamatha
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Yes, they do work

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CRad14
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This is probably a silly question, but can you also confirm, that the "Run only if logged on" box is not checked?

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CRad14
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Hmm, I haven't tried it before, but I guess another option might be just loading the cmdlets you need in your script using add-pssnapin instead of using the -psconsolefile parameter...

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