PowerShell: Check for Dump Files and Alert

Intro

Citrix Provisioning Services has become a cornerstone technology in many XenApp and XenDesktop deployments.  Provisioned devices rely on a write-cache to store new data while they are running and Citrix best practice recommends pointing pagefiles, event logs, and other write-intensive files to this write-cache.  This also includes EdgeSight data.  The one draw back is that if the write-cache fills up, the provisioned device stops working.  I’ve written a simple PowerShell script that will scan the write-cache for DMP files and the dedicateddumpfile.sys and send an e-mail alert if something is found.

The script

###############################################################################
## Title       : check-dmpfiles.ps1
## Description : Checks writecache drive for dmp files and e-mails if found
## Author      : Alain Assaf
## Date        : 08/30/2011
## Notes       :
#### Changelog ################################################################
# -When - What - Who
# -08/30 -Initial script - Alain Assaf
###############################################################################

$emailBody=$null
$dmplocation=$null
$dmplocation="d:\"
$searchfor = @("*.dmp","dedicateddumpfile.sys")

### Script Body ###############################################################
$results = Get-ChildItem $dmplocation -Include $searchfor -Recurse -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
if (!$results) {
exit
} else {
foreach ($file in $results) {
$dmpfile = (Get-ChildItem $file -force).Name
$dmpfilesize = '{0:N2}' -f (((Get-Item $file -force).length) / 1048576.0)
$dmpfiledir = (Get-ChildItem $file -force).DirectoryName
$emailBody = $emailBody + "`nFound: $dmpfile"
$emailBody = $emailBody + "`nSize: $dmpfilesize MB"
$emailBody = $emailBody + "`nIn directory: $dmpfiledir"
$emailBody = $emailBody + "`n------------------------------------------------------------------------------"
}
$drvroot = (Get-Item $file -force).psdrive.Root
$drvfreespace = '{0:N2}' -f ((Get-Item $file -force).psdrive.Free / 1073741824.0)
$emailBody = $emailBody + "`n$drvroot Drive free space: $drvfreespace GB"
}

### E-mail Creation: Variables, Sending #######################################
#$emailFrom = "dmpfilecheck@company.com"
$emailTo ="sbcteam@company.com"
$subject = "ALERT: Dump file found on $hostname"
$smtpServer = "192.168.1.1"
$smtp = new-object Net.Mail.SmtpClient($smtpServer)
$msg = new-object Net.Mail.MailMessage($emailFrom, $emailTo, $subject, $emailBody)
if ($emailBody) {$smtp.send($msg)}

Script Logic Flow

Here’s an example e-mail:

Assaf, Alain
From: dmpfilecheck
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2011 9:19 PM
To: Assaf, Alain
Subject: ALERT: Dump file found on XENAPPPVS

Found: rscorsvc.exe.dmp
Size: 86.65 MB
In directory: D:\Citrix\System Monitoring\Data
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Found: rscorsvc.exe.hang.dmp
Size: 95.80 MB
In directory: D:\Citrix\System Monitoring\Data
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Found: rscorsvc.exe.shutdown.dmp
Size: 66.71 MB
In directory: D:\Citrix\System Monitoring\Data
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D:\ Drive free space: 9.24 GB

Thanks,
Alain

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