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ArchivePoints.exe via Powershell

Created: 16 Oct 2013 • Updated: 21 Oct 2013 | 7 comments
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Hi all,

I’m in the process of creating a powershell script to check OU users against users already configured for file share archiving but I’ve hit a stumbling block. I can query AD to get a list of users per OU and their home directories, dumping all of the details out to text files for logs and basing subsequent queries on.

When I try to query the Archive Points using archivepoints.exe I keep getting an error.

The simple form of the script would be :

$app="D:\Enterprise Vault\ArchivePoints.exe"

$EVArg = "find"

$VolLine = "\\fopserver045v\ouone_users_r$"

Invoke-Item "$app $EVArg $VolLine"

But it errors with the following.

Invoke-Item : Cannot find path 'D:\Enterprise Vault\ArchivePoints.exe find \fopserver045v\ouone_users_r$' because it does not exist.

It looks like it’s cutting the first backslash off the UNC path, not sure if that’s the problem or just a side effect but either way I haven’t been able to successfully run it.

Has anyone tried to use Powershell to find archive points successfully ?

I can upload the script (it ain’t pretty but it does the job so far) if it might help.

Thanks Kevin

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EV_Ajay's picture

Hi Kevin,

Could you try to use $app= UNC Path of EV Server and then run the script.



Kevin O'Connor's picture

Hi Ajay,

Sorry, I don't understand.

$app currently has $app="D:\Enterprise Vault\Archivepoints.exe" so are you saying it should be $app="\\evserver01\D$\Enterprise Vault\Archivepoints.exe"



EV_Ajay's picture

Hi Kevin ,

That's right.



Kevin O'Connor's picture

Hi Ajay,

Okay, it now references the UNC path with double backslashes but still fails with the following.

Invoke-Item : Cannot find path '\\evserver01\D$\Enterprise Vault\Archivepoints.exe find \\fopserver045v\ouone_users_r$' because it does not exist.
At D:\Scripts\testing\ev.ps1:5 char:12
+ Invoke-Item <<<<  "$app $EVArg $VolLine"
    + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (\\evserver01\D...\ouone_users_r$:String) [Invoke-Item], ItemNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.InvokeItemCommand



PJuster's picture

try this it worked in my lab

$cmd="E:\Program Files\Enterprise Vault\ArchivePoints.exe"
$cmdarg = @("find","\\evserv2\users")
& $cmd $cmdarg
saved as ap.ps1
it took a while to run but the output looked like
PS C:\Users\admin> .\ap.ps1
Listing Archive Points ...
        Archive Point : \\evserv2\users\Andrew.Moore
        Archive Point : \\evserv2\users\Bonnie.Walker
        Archive Point : \\evserv2\users\Mike.Smith
        Archive Point : \\evserv2\users\Samantha.Cho
        Archive Point : \\evserv2\users\Tamara.Kramer
        Archive Point : \\evserv2\users\Vivian.Vance
PS C:\Users\admin>

If you feel this is a solution please mark it as such. TIA Paul

Kevin O&#039;Connor's picture

Hi Pjuster,

Thanks for that.

I've been able to get it working now and using out-file to dump the results out to a text file.

GabeV's picture


I would use the '&' operator as PJuster suggested to call the program. According with MS, the Invoke-Item cmdlet is recommended to force the default action for a file type:

4. Invoke-Item (II)

Why: Forces the default action to be run on the item.

Details: Good when trying to open a file with an associated program. If for example you invoke-item with a PDF file, it opens it in whatever program is associated with PDF files. This can also be used to open multiple files at once. This is not good for executing a program.

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