Debugging Methods in Class Based DSC Resource

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  • #25308
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    Mariusz Serwin

    Hi all ,

    I'm trying to build some class based DSC Resource using the latest release of PowerShell 5 April Preview .

    I'm wondering how do you Debug methods inside the class ?? With functions I can specified parameters and see the output and set Breakpoints or "Write-Debug" .

    So my question is how do I get inside the methods or how do I test those methods with different parameters .

    [b]This is an example :[/b]

    enum Ensure {


    class ClassService {


    [Ensure] $Ensure

    [string] $Servicestatus

    [ClassService] Get() {

    $serviceExists = Get-Service -Name bits -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

    If ($ServiceExists.status -eq $this.ServiceStatus) {
    Write-Verbose "Service status is correct"

    }Else {
    write-Verbose "Service status is not correct"

    return $this

    #$returnValue = @{
    # ServiceName = [System.String]$this.ServiceName
    # Servicestatus = [System.String]$serviceExists.Status
    # Ensure = [System.String]$this.Ensure
    #return $returnValue


    [void] Set() {

    Write-verbose "Changing service status"

    If ($this.serviceStatus -eq "Running") {
    Start-Service -name $this.serviceName
    }Else {
    Stop-Service -name $this.ServiceName


    [bool] Test() {
    $serviceExists = Get-Service -Name $this.ServiceName -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

    if ($this.Ensure -eq 'Present') {
    if($serviceExists -ne $null)
    If ($serviceExists.status -eq $this.ServiceStatus) {
    Write-Verbose "Nothing to configure – Service exists and has correct status"
    Return $True
    }Else {
    Write-Verbose "Need to configure – Status is not correct"
    Return $False
    } else {
    Write-Verbose "Nothing to configure – Service name does not exist"
    return $false
    } Else {
    Write-Verbose "Nothing to configure – Ensure is Absent"
    return $False





  • #25329
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    Daniel Krebs

    Hi Mariusz,

    Just create an object instance of your class, set the member fields with test values and invoke the Get, Test and/or Set functions. You can set breakpoints as usual inside your class code.

    $VerbosePreference = 'Continue'
    # Instantiate an object of the class
    $MyServiceObjcet = [ClassService]::new()
    # Set member fields of the class
    $MyServiceObjcet.Ensure = 'Present'
    $MyServiceObjcet.serviceName = 'Browser'
    $MyServiceObjcet.Servicestatus = 'Stopped'
    # Invoke the functions


  • #25331
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    Mariusz Serwin

    HI Daniel ,

    Thanks for help .



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