When you use NOW.EXE from the free download, or from the The Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit or Supplement One, and pipe the output to a file, the file may not be released quickly enough and this behavior may cause intermittent problems with other programs and commands in your script.

To workaround this problem:

1. Copy / Paste the following to a NOW.BAT file and store it in a folder that is before the Resource Kit in your path:

@echo off                              setlocal                              if \{%1\}

\{\} goto :END set msg=%1 :Loop shift if \{%1\}

\{\} goto :END set msg=%msg% %1 goto loop :END now.exe %msg% sleep 1 endlocal
2. If you used NOW, as apposed to NOW.EXE, in your scripts, such as now log this>>filename.log, you will NOT have to change any of your scripts.

NOTE If you don't have Sleep.exe, use @ping -n 2>nul or @ping -n 1>nul.

NOTE: You can use this technique of creating a ProgramName.BAT file to alter the functionality of any ProgramName.EXE.