Monthly Archives: October 2013

Command line and strings

I’ve blogged about this some time ago under another topic (Creating-daily-log-files) but I find myself regularly searching for it again when I have to create a new batch file for something plus have to output some uniquely named log file.


You have some script/batch file that does some stuff/maintenance/imports whatever. It runs from some kind of scheduler unattended so you need to have it generate a log file in case there were errors/issues. Creating an output log file is fairly easy but having it create a new name each day/time is a bit more tricky.

Possible solution:

This script assumes a date time format of yyyy/mm/dd

SET UNIQUESTR=%date:~0,4%%date:~5,2%%date:~8,2%%time:~0,2%%time:~3,2%
MyTool.exe > MyTool%UNIQUESTR%.log

This will create a log file with a date and time stamp each time it is run (assuming you don’t run it twice in the same second)

Have fun kids!

Update: a nice site with some helpful info ->

QuickMon 2.13

Just a quick heads-up for any QuickMon users. A new version was added recently with a couple of small but nice improvements.

Some of the changes:

  • UI client now automatically refresh the config of ‘Detail’ windows (if the particular Collector’s config was edited)
  • The WMI collector was basically rewritten to improve it and add a little WMI query builder interface. This help people that are not experts using WMI syntax or know all the classes/properties that are available.