Iterating through a loop and adding elements to a node

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  • #71692

    Wei-Yen Tan

    I have defined some XML Text and cast it as XML type. I also have a variable that has some objects in this case VMWare Datacentres using PowerCLI... i would like to add elements based on the number of objects.

    Snippet of Code is below:

    [xml]$xmlDoc = New-Object system.Xml.XmlDocument
    $datacenters = Get-Datacenter
    foreach ($datacenter in $datacenters)
    	$datacentername = $
    	#region datacenter loop
    	$datacentreelement = $xmlDoc.CreateElement("computer")
            $node =$xmlDoc.Audithardware.OU.AppendChild($datacenterelement)
    	$node.setattribute("Vrt", "Data Center")
    	$node.setattribute("Name", "$datacentername")

    //Apologies some text is in the XML string
    I thought by doing it this way I would be able to constantly add on an element to that node in the XML. However when I try to do this in the loop I get an error message

    Exception calling "AppendChild" with "1" argument(s): "The node to be inserted is from a different document context."
    At line:7 char:5
    +     $node =$xmlDoc.Audithardware.OU.AppendChild($datacenterelement)
    +     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DotNetMethodException

    I have debugged it and it seems that it is failing on this line;

    $node =$xmlDoc.Audithardware.OU.AppendChild($datacenterelement). Does any one know of a way to iterate through a loop (in this case datacenters) so that I can add a new element to the node? I would also like to add attributes to it but I want to try doing that myself.

    I would be grateful for any direction. I have been reading posts online but they dont talk about this particular circumstance.

  • #71699

    Max Kozlov

    seens you incorrectly show your context.

    if you have xml inside, use gist
    minimal example works ok

    PS C:\> [xml]$xmlDoc = New-Object system.Xml.XmlDocument
    >> $xmlDoc.LoadXml("[root][node]text[/node][/root]") # brackets changed
    PS C:\> 1..2 | foreach { $e = $xmlDoc.CreateElement('computer'); $xmlDoc.root.AppendChild($e) | Out-Null }
    PS C:\> $xmlDoc.root
    node computer
    ---- --------
    text {, }
  • #71959

    Wei-Yen Tan

    Thanks for the help , I found out the reason why it wasn't working I was passing it the wrong variable. It worked. Thank you.

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