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Output Powershell console to a file using Transcript

Sometimes it’s the simple things that really make a difference.

Often when writing any script you have to decide whether to output stuff to the screen or to a file.

What if you need to do both?

Normally you create additional scripting lines or a function to output the response from a cmdlet to a log file which you can review later.

Well I stumbled by accident across a very simple way to avoid this…just use the cmdlets Start-Transcript and Stop-Transcript which will output anything written to the screen into a text file.

$TranscriptFile = "c:\myoutput.log"
Start-Transcript -Path $TranscriptFile

Write-Host "I'm Transcripting!"

Connect-VIServer myvcserver
Get-VM
Disconnect-VIServer

Stop-Transcript

Invoke-Item $TranscriptFile
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  1. July 17th, 2012 at 16:13 | #1

    Oh, this is nice! I’ve been looking for this exact thing. Thanks for the post.

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