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Net.exe Can Use Hidden Switches /Y /N for Unconditional Yes/No

This article was previously published under Q156458
SUMMARY
When you use Net.exe commands in a batch file, you can use the Y or Nswitch to unconditionally answer Yes or No to questions returned by the Netcommand.
MORE INFORMATION
Normally, you could pass a "Y" using Standard-in through redirection as inthe following example:
   delshare.bat file contents:   NET SHARE TOOLS /D  <y.txt   Y.txt file contents:   Y(cr) carriage return				

But the following error occurs using this method when the Delshare.bat fileis run and fails the operation.
NET SHARE TOOLS /D <y.txt
Users have open files on TOOLS. Continuing the operation will force the files closed.

Do you want to continue this operation? (Y/N) [N]:
No valid response was provided.
WORKAROUND
Change your batch file to include the Y switch to unconditionally answerYes to the question "Do you want to continue this operation? (Y/N) [N]:"
   Delshare.bat new contents:   NET SHARE TOOLS /D /Y				

After running this batch file, you will receive the following message:
   NET SHARE TOOLS /D /y   Users have open files on TOOLS. Continuing the operation will force the   files closed.   TOOLS was deleted successfully.				
std-in prodnt
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Article ID: 156458 - Last Review: 03/29/2004 13:44:00 - Revision: 3.0

  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.51
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  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.5
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