Ok, I have created some vbscripts to search for file types PST, MDB & XLA files which report back as a String, the file paths, names and sizes. The script works perfectly.

So I distrbuted the scripts using KACE Scripting feature and have the folder numbers used in the KBOX cache stored in the All User/ProgramData folders.

I have then added the Software with custom inventory rules as below:-

ShellCommandTextReturn(cscript.exe /nologo "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Dell\KACE\kbots_cache\packages\kbots\137\FindMDBFiles.vbs")

This DOES NOT WORK! The same command editing for Windows 7 profile structure works perferctly as below:-

ShellCommandTextReturn(cscript.exe /nologo "C:\ProgramData\Dell\KACE\kbots_cache\packages\kbots\137\FindMDBFiles.vbs")

The only difference is spaces in the folder structure.

Any ideas?

I understand that KACE cannot nest KBOX functions and also doesn't support Windows Environment Variables either.

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You have to escape the quotes with a backslash:

ShellCommandTextReturn(cscript.exe /nologo \"C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Dell\KACE\kbots_cache\packages\kbots\137\FindMDBFiles.vbs\")

Support gave me this solution when I submitted a ticket for a similar issue.

Answered 06/15/2012 by: chucksteel
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  • great stuff, I would have preferred to use the escape the quotes solution, would be nice if they documented this stuff!

    Instead i created a ZIP file containing my scripts and used a scripting task to extract the zip file to C:\Windows\KACE.

    I'll probably re-work this to use the escape quotes solution.
  • Using Agent 5.3.53177 this doesn't work for me, in the debug log I also see it interpretting the "and" in "Documents and Settings" as a LOGICAL AND, so splits it into two rules... this is quite annoying. The workaround in the end by support was to use DOS 8 character representation for the path, so C:\Docume~1\AllUse~1\Dell\KACE\etc lets hope you never have to use a path with "OR" or "AND" in the first 6 characters of a folder name!
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I can make this run on Windows XP by copying the vbscripts to C:\Windows\KACE and then it works perfectly.

The only conclusion I have is that the ShellCommandTextReturn(command) cannot handle spaces in the command and does not respect " " as you would normally use in Windows.

I've now got to work out how to copy these scripts to C:\Windows\KACE with-out flashing up a DOS prompt on everyones computers.

I've never known a product with so many un-documented nuances!


Answered 06/14/2012 by: Geedoubleu
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  • Use http://www.f2ko.de/programs.php?lang=en&pid=b2e to stop the CMD prompt. It has helped me.
  • Excellent tool, thanks for sharing!

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