getting computer information

hello, i’m totally new to Powershell. I’m trying to retrieve computer information, by using a text file with a list of computer names. but my line will not work. please help.

$CN = Get-Content -Path “c:\scripts\computername.txt” Get-EventLog -ComputerName $CN -LogName Application -Newest 10 | Export-Csv -Path “c:\scripts\test.txt”.

The computers are in a Active Directory network. Should I be using Get-ADComputer?

Can you show what you have in computername.txt. Just the first few lines will be sufficient

What’s not working?

It could just be the formatting of your post but if you’re typing that all one line it won’t work. You’ll need a new line before continuing with Get-EventLog. This can be done in the ISE or type the lines, one at a time, in the console:

$CN = Get-Content -Path 'c:\scripts\computername.txt'
Get-EventLog -ComputerName $CN -LogName Application -Newest 10 | Export-Csv -Path 'c:\scripts\test.txt'

If it’s not formatting and you’re getting errors or a different problem, please provide more information.

Get-ADComputer is used for retrieving computer objects from Active Directory, it won’t help you retrieve Event Log information from individual computers.

I have managed to fix it. i’ve used 2 lines as suggested by Matt and renamed the file to c.
how do change that to get win32_bions info instead?

I get an access denied when i run the following:

PS C:\Users\FM> $CN = Get-Content -Path ‘c:\scripts\c.txt’
PS C:\Users\FM> Get-WmiObject -Class win32_bios -ComputerName $CN | Export-Csv -Path 'c:\scripts\test

Get-WmiObject : Access is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED))
At line:1 char:1

  • Get-WmiObject -Class win32_bios -ComputerName $CN | Export-Csv -Path 'c:\scripts …
  •   + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [Get-WmiObject], UnauthorizedAccessException
      + FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.UnauthorizedAccessException,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetWmiObjectC

Could it be that i don’t have admin rights on the machine?

$CN = Get-Content -Path 'C:\test\NYTCNOU.txt'
Foreach ($computer in $cn){
    Get-EventLog -ComputerName $CN -LogName Application -Newest 10 | Export-Csv -Path 'c:\test\testNYOU.CSV'

It is recommended that you test the connection first, to make sure the PC is up and running.