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  • #94926

    alex olynyk

    When running this function this line doesnt appear to execute

     Get-WmiObject -Class win32_Bios -ComputerName $computername | Select-Object -Property SerialNumber 

    does not run. Any idea why?

    function Get-RegisterType {
         if (Test-Connection -ComputerName $computername -Quiet -Count 1) {
         Write-Host "$computername is online" -ForegroundColor Green -BackgroundColor Black
         Get-WmiObject -Class win32_ComputerSystem -ComputerName $computername | Select-Object -Property Model, Name
         Get-WmiObject -Class win32_Bios -ComputerName $computername | Select-Object -Property SerialNumber
         else { Write-Host "$computername is not online.  Please look in LANDesk to determine register type." -ForegroundColor Red -BackgroundColor Black }
    ; Get-RegisterType
  • #94929

    Don Jones

    what makes you think that?

    And, if you've run it without specifying a computer name, what is your expectation for the output?

    • #94933

      alex olynyk

      Sorry, forgot to include the output

      PS C:\Software\Scripts> .\Get-RegisterType.ps1
      cmdlet Get-RegisterType at command pipeline position 1
      Supply values for the following parameters:
      computername: 20061sure03
      20061sure03 is online

      Model Name
      —– —-
      4800E42 20061SURE03

      It outputs this

      Get-WmiObject -Class win32_ComputerSystem -ComputerName $computername | Select-Object -Property Model, Name

      but not this

      Get-WmiObject -Class win32_Bios -ComputerName $computername | Select-Object -Property SerialNumber
  • #94938

    Don Jones

    And if you just run:

    Get-WmiObject -Class win32_Bios -ComputerName 20061sure03 | Select-Object -Property SerialNumber

    In the console, do you get output?

    • #94939

      alex olynyk


      PS C:\Software\Scripts> Get-WmiObject -Class win32_Bios -ComputerName 20061sure03 | Select-Object -Property SerialNumber
  • #94945

    Don Jones

    So, when you write a function in PowerShell, there are a few standards you want to try to comply with.

    One, don't write messages directly to Host. Your Write-Hosts should _really_ be Write-Verbose; run your command with -Verbose to see that output.

    Two, you need to output *one thing, and one thing only,* to the pipeline. Right now you're trying to emit two things.

         $cs = Get-WmiObject -Class win32_ComputerSystem -ComputerName $computername 
         $bios = Get-WmiObject -Class win32_Bios -ComputerName $computername 
         $props = @{Computername = $computername
                    Model = $cs.model
                    Name = $
                    SerialNumber = $bios.serialnumber}
         New-Object -Type PSObject -Prop $props

    When you're querying multiple sources, you want to combine whatever you want into a single output thing. This is part of the fundamental narrative of "Learn PowerShell Scripting in a Month of Lunches," if you'd like to dive into it in more detail. I use the above example, almost exactly, throughout the entire book, in fact.

  • #94956


    Powershell is implicitly outputting to format-table. So after it has one set of columns decided on, it won't display another set of columns. This was a gotcha for me when I was learning.

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