Loop and array when using Invoke-Command

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  • #62006


    I am trying to write a bit of code that loops and passes an array into a remote session using Invoke-Command and am having issues.

    So far my code is:

    #Collects Credentials
    $username = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the username for the account" 
    read-host -Prompt "enter password" -assecurestring | convertfrom-securestring | out-file C:\cred.txt
    $password = get-content C:\cred.txt | convertto-securestring
    $credentials = new-object -typename System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist "$username",$password
    #Declare variables
    $dns_srv1 = "DNS"
    $dns_srv2 = "DNS2"
    $dns_ip1 = ""
    $dns_ip2 = ""
    #Declare DNS zones to be created
    #Declare script to be run on remote server
    $scriptblock = param($zones, $dns_ip1, $dns_srv2) {Add-DnsServerSecondaryZone -MasterServers $dns_ip1 -Name $_ -ZoneFile $_+".dns"}
    #Create remote session and invoke script
    $session = New-PSSession -ComputerName $dns_srv2 -Credential $credentials 
    ForEach ($z in $zones)
    {Invoke-Command -Session $session -ScriptBlock $scriptblock}
    #close remote session
    Remove-PSSession $Session

    However when I run it the variables, $dns_Ip1, $dns_srv2 and $zones isn't being passed into the Invoke-Command statement. Not sure what I'm doing wrong, probably something obvious! 🙂

    Any help gratefully appreciated.

  • #62009

    Don Jones


    #Declare script to be run on remote server
    $scriptblock = param($zones, $dns_ip1, $dns_srv2) {Add-DnsServerSecondaryZone -MasterServers $dns_ip1 -Name $_ -ZoneFile $_+".dns"}

    Isn't quite right. The Param() block goes inside the script block.

    #Declare script to be run on remote server
    $scriptblock =  {param($zones, $dns_ip1, $dns_srv2) Add-DnsServerSecondaryZone -MasterServers $dns_ip1 -Name $_ -ZoneFile $_+".dns"}


    {Invoke-Command -Session $session -ScriptBlock $scriptblock}

    Isn't what I'd expect. You're missing the -Arguments parameter, which should be an array of values that will map to $zones, $dns_ips1, and $dns_srv2 inside your script block.

    • #62013


      Thanks for the feedback Don.

      I'm not quite sure what you mean by the arguments parameter, "should be an array of values that will map to $zones, $dns_ips1, and $dns_srv2 inside your script block". Are you saying I need to create another array to store those values??

  • #62017

    Don Jones
    {Invoke-Command -Session $session -ScriptBlock $scriptblock -Arg @($zones,$dns_ips1,$dns_srv2)}

    You can create an array just by using @() and comma-separating your values. Those get listed in the same order as you want them injected into the Param() block.

    See also https://devopscollective.gitbooks.io/the-big-book-of-powershell-gotchas/content/manuscript/remote-variables.html.

    • #62020


      Thanks Don, I totally misread your earlier post. 🙂

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