Is there a way to have Aclient or Dagent log to a unique file name in automation?


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Ghost Solution Suite




When logging is turned on in automation and the log file is saved to the network drive, all of the clients log to the same aclient.log.  Is there a way to save the aclient log with a unique filename in automation?



The following steps will add the client's IP address to the name of the log file created while in automation. 

  1. Edit/Create the WinPE boot configuration
  2. Right click Startup
  3. Select New > Text File
  4. Name the file logfile.bat (or any .bat name)
  5. Add the following contents to the .bat file:

@echo off
set temp_i=default

for /f "tokens=1,2 delims=:" %%i in ('ipconfig') do call:setname "%%i" "%%j"

echo your IP is %IP_ADDR%
set LogName=M:\\temp\\%IP_ADDR%-WinPE_aclient.log

echo Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 >> %_work%\temp.reg
echo >> %_work%\temp.reg
echo [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Altiris\Client Service] >> %_work%\temp.reg
echo "InstallDir"="%_work%\" >> %_work%\temp.reg
echo "LogFile"=dword:00000001 >> %_work%\temp.reg
echo "LogFilename"="%LogName%" >> %_work%\temp.reg
echo "LogInformation"=dword:00000001 >> %_work%\temp.reg
echo "LogErrors"=dword:00000001 >> %_work%\temp.reg
echo "LogDebug"=dword:00000001 >> %_work%\temp.reg
echo "LogSize"=dword:00064000 >> %_work%\temp.reg

if not exist %_work%\aclient.inp copy x:\aclient.inp %_work%\
set _Agent_cfgpath=%_work%\
echo LogFile=%LogName% >> %_work%\aclient.inp
echo LogSize=409600 >> %_work%\aclient.inp
echo LogErrors=Yes >> %_work%\aclient.inp
echo LogInformation=Yes >> %_work%\aclient.inp
echo LogDebug=Yes >> %_work%\aclient.inp

regedit /s %_work%\temp.reg

if NOT %1=="" set temp_i=%~1
set temp_j=%~2
set temp_j=%temp_j: =%
set temp_i=%temp_i:~3,2%
if "%temp_i%"=="IP" set IP_ADDR=%temp_j%



Now build the WinPE configuration.  The AClient will log to M:\temp\<ip_addr>-WinPE_aclient.log.


This batch file has been added to the KB for convenience.  Just select Add File on step 3 instead of New File.

Note: WinPE must have a Z: drive (RAMDRIVE) available for this script to work properly.  This requirement is only applicable to WinPE automation partitions and boot CDs; PXE WinPE always has the RAMDRIVE available.

Note: These settings will NOT overwrite the settings already in the aclient.inp file.  You must have a semicolon in front of LogFile= in the aclient.inp for this to work properly.

Note: To change the unique ID in this batch file from ip address to mac address change the following lines
for /f "tokens=1,2 delims=:" %%i in ('ipconfig') do call:setname "%%i" "%%j"
for /f "tokens=1,2 delims=:" %%i in ('ipconfig /all') do call:setname "%%i" "%%j"

if "%temp_i%"=="IP" set IP_ADDR=%temp_j%
to: (note this one is case sensitive)
if "%temp_i%"=="Ph" set IP_ADDR=%temp_j%

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