Introducing the Batch Console

The Batch Console automates routine Client tasks by allowing command files/shell scripts launched by the Client service to interact with the service. It interprets a source file that contains a set of statements written in a language similar to Visual Basic. These statements can initiate a connection, perform rudimentary tests, and issue console requests, to the service. For example, by using the Batch Console in an end-of-run script that runs daily reports, you can restart the Client after the reports are generated.

To use the Batch Console, you must first create a source file for the Batch Console and place it in the scripts directory of the service's working directory (also referred to as the Client's global working directory). We recommend that you use a file extension that allows you to easily identify this file as a Batch Console source file (for example, .bcs). You can debug this source file by running the Batch Console from the command line, using the source filename (including directory, such as scripts\source_filename) as the first argument of the Batch Console command.

The Batch Console always runs as a background run. Its activity is written to a log file in the current directory. The log filename uses the source filename with the extension .log added to it. For example, if your source filename is sourcefile.bcs the log file is named sourcefile.bcs.log.