XenApp 6 for Windows Server 2008 R2 Documentation Script 4.2 Released

A feature that has been requested in all the XenApp documentation scripts for a good while is the ability to print a specific section of the report. This feature, a couple of bug fixes and several enhancements to speed up script execution are what make up Version 4.2.

The list of changes in Version 4.2:

  • Fix the SWExclusions function to work if SoftwareExclusions.txt file contains only one item
  • Cleanup the script’s parameters section
  • Code cleanup and standardization with the master template script
  • Requires PowerShell V3 or later
  • Removed support for Word 2007
  • Word 2007 references in help text removed
  • Cover page parameter now states only Word 2010 and 2013 are supported
  • Most Word 2007 references in script removed:
    • Function ValidateCoverPage
    • Function SetupWord
    • Function SaveandCloseDocumentandShutdownWord
  • Function CheckWord2007SaveAsPDFInstalled removed
  • If Word 2007 is detected, an error message is now given and the script is aborted
  • Cleanup Word table code for the first row and background color
  • Cleanup retrieving services and service startup type with Iain Brighton’s optimization
  • Add Iain Brighton’s Word table functions
  • Move Citrix Services table to new table functions
  • Move hardware info to new table functions
  • Move Citrix and Microsoft hotfix tables to new table functions
  • Move Appendix A and B tables to new table function
  • Add more write statements and error handling to the Configuration Logging report section
  • Add parameters for MSWord, Text and HTML for future updates
  • Add Section parameter
  • Valid Section options are:
    • Admins (Administrators)
    • Apps (Applications)
    • ConfigLog (Configuration Logging)
    • LBPolicies (Load Balancing Policies)
    • LoadEvals (Load Evaluators)
    • Policies
    • Servers
    • WGs (Worker Groups)
    • Zones
    • All

Sam Jacobs found a bug in the SWExclusions function. If the SoftwareExclusions.txt file contained a single entry, the function did not work. This is now fixed.

For all the other scripts, I have added new output parameters. The parameters section was getting very ugly looking and over complicated. Turns out I was making that section much more difficult than it needed to be. After simplifying the code, the help text for the parameters, to me, looks much better.

SYNTAX
    F:\XA6_Inventory_V42.ps1 [-MSWord] [-Hardware] [-Software] [-StartDate <DateTime>] [-EndDate <DateTime>]
    [-Summary] [-AddDateTime] [-Section <String>] [-CompanyName <String>] [-CoverPage <String>] [-UserName <String>]
    [<CommonParameters>]

    F:\XA6_Inventory_V42.ps1 [-PDF] [-Hardware] [-Software] [-StartDate <DateTime>] [-EndDate <DateTime>] [-Summary]
    [-AddDateTime] [-Section <String>] [-CompanyName <String>] [-CoverPage <String>] [-UserName <String>]
    [<CommonParameters>]

    F:\XA6_Inventory_V42.ps1 [-Text] [-Hardware] [-Software] [-StartDate <DateTime>] [-EndDate <DateTime>] [-Summary]
    [-AddDateTime] [-Section <String>] [<CommonParameters>]

    F:\XA6_Inventory_V42.ps1 [-HTML] [-Hardware] [-Software] [-StartDate <DateTime>] [-EndDate <DateTime>] [-Summary]
    [-AddDateTime] [-Section <String>] [<CommonParameters>]

This script contains code from the master template script and therefore requires PowerShell version 3 or later. Also, Word 2007 is no longer supported.

This script contains the code for Iain’s new table functions and several tables had already been converted:

  • Citrix Services
  • Hardware Information
  • Citrix Hotfixes
  • Microsoft Hotfixes
  • Appendix A
  • Appendix B

When I was creating the DHCP and Active Directory scripts, I found out the code I was using for the header row in a Word table was too verbose. I learned how to reduce the lines of code needed to set the header row and give it a background color and make the text bold.

I am working with a group of very talented and hard-working friends to create a master template script. One of my new EMEA friends, Iain Brighton, showed me a more efficient way to get the list of services that included the startup mode. My original method required two WMI calls. Iain gets it done in one line resulting in less code and much faster execution time.

When using the new -Section parameter, the report will contain only data for the section you specify. If you need to report on Applications, that is the only data that will be in the report.

You can always find the most current version of this by going to http://carlwebster.com/where-to-get-copies-of-the-documentation-scripts/

Thanks

Webster

About Carl Webster

Webster is a Sr. Solutions Architect for Choice Solutions, LLC and specializes in Citrix, Active Directory and Technical Documentation. Webster has been working with Citrix products for many years starting with Multi-User OS/2 in 1990.

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