LCM failed to retrieve the property PendingJobStep

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  • #32076

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    Hi guys I have encountered a problem that seems to be something that google do not know about yet 🙂 hope for your help

    I have HelloWorldDSC.ps1 file on my desktop, and trying to run (F5) it from ISE as Administrator.

    In response I got following error:

    LCM failed to retrieve the property PendingJobStep from the object of class dscInternalCache.

    Here is script contents (its just a simple copy paste from getting started resources):

    Configuration HelloWorldDSC
        Import-DscResource –ModuleName PSDesiredStateConfiguration
        Node localhost
            File SampleFile {
                Ensure = 'Present'
                DestinationPath = 'C:\HelloWorld.txt'
                Contents = "Hello World!"
            Environment SampleEnvironmentVariable
                Ensure = 'Present'
                Name = 'HelloFromDSC'
                Value = 'Hello World'
    Start-DscConfiguration -Wait -Verbose -Path .\HelloWorldDSC

    And here is full output:

    PS C:\Users\Alexandr\Desktop> C:\Users\Alexandr\Desktop\HelloWorldDSC.ps1
        Directory: C:\Users\Alexandr\Desktop\HelloWorldDSC
    Mode                LastWriteTime         Length Name                                                                    
    ----                -------------         ------ ----                                                                    
    -a----       18.11.2015     15:17           2866 localhost.mof                                                           
    VERBOSE: Perform operation 'Invoke CimMethod' with following parameters, ''methodName' = SendConfigurationApply,'className
    ' = MSFT_DSCLocalConfigurationManager,'namespaceName' = root/Microsoft/Windows/DesiredStateConfiguration'.
    VERBOSE: An LCM method call arrived from computer MAC with user sid S-1-5-21-1387981107-4004572697-3743767158-1001.
    LCM failed to retrieve the property PendingJobStep from the object of class dscInternalCache .
        + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (root/Microsoft/...gurationManager:String) [], CimException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : MI RESULT 6
        + PSComputerName        : localhost
    VERBOSE: Operation 'Invoke CimMethod' complete.
    VERBOSE: Time taken for configuration job to complete is 0.048 seconds

    Just can not understand from where to get started investigating issue, what I also have tried without success is to delete files from C:\Windows\System32\Configuration folder.

  • #32269

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    Get the DSCDiagnostics module and start a DSC trace. Then, try again – you should get more verbose logging. Also, it'd be helpful to know what versions of everything you're running.

  • #32275

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    Unfortunately xDscDiagnostics did not help me to understand what is happening.

    After installing it and enabling logs

    install-module xdscdiagnostics
    Update-xDscEventLogStatus -Channel Analytic -Status Enabled
    Update-xDscEventLogStatus -Channel Debug -Status Enabled

    and trying to run my script I got following:


    ComputerName   SequenceId TimeCreated           Result   JobID                                 AllEvents            
    ------------   ---------- -----------           ------   -----                                 ---------            
    MAC            1          25.11.2015 19:46:23   Success  71012820-939c-11e5-82af-902b343fd6d3  {@{Message=Functio...
    MAC            2          25.11.2015 19:46:23   Success                                        {@{Message=; TimeC...

    Notice that both last operations are marked as successful

    Trace-xDscOperation -SequenceID 2 | select message | fl

    Message : Function MSFT_DSCLocalConfigurationManager_Invoke_SendConfigurationApply started with parameters 
                    Class name: MSFT_DSCLocalConfigurationManager 
                    Method Name: SendConfigurationApply 
                    Namespace: root\microsoft\windows\desiredstateconfiguration 
    Message : Operation Start-DscConfiguration started by user sid S-1-5-21-1387981107-4004572697-3743767158-1001 from computer MAC.

    Sequence 1 just showing me whole bunch of operationals.

    BTW versions, here is what host showing:

    Name             : Windows PowerShell ISE Host
    Version          : 5.0.10586.0
    InstanceId       : 6f6ad33a-967e-4fa2-b0ea-4ded208ce0c3
    UI               : System.Management.Automation.Internal.Host.InternalHostUserInterface
    CurrentCulture   : uk-UA
    CurrentUICulture : en-US
    PrivateData      : Microsoft.PowerShell.Host.ISE.ISEOptions
    DebuggerEnabled  : True
    IsRunspacePushed : False
    Runspace         : System.Management.Automation.Runspaces.LocalRunspace
  • #32276

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    I'm not clear on whether you started a trace or not – Start-DSCTrace, I believe?

  • #32285

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    There is no Start-DSCTrace command available, seems that we are speaking about different DSCTrace modules, can you please provide the one you are talking about?

    Here is what is have:

    Get-Command -Module xDscDiagnostics

    CommandType     Name                                               Version    Source                                                                     
    -----------     ----                                               -------    ------                                                                     
    Function        Get-xDscOperation                                  2.0        xDscDiagnostics                                                            
    Function        Trace-xDscOperation                                2.0        xDscDiagnostics                                                            
    Function        Update-xDscEventLogStatus                          2.0        xDscDiagnostics

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