PowerShell Rookie and getting Powershell to accept input.

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    So far, and with much help from a "MonthOfLunches" I am starting to make some progress. I have leaned that I can input questions for PS to answer in couple of different ways. Either by using a variable and read-host to query one machine, or by using a variable and the get-content cmdlet, them pass PS a UNC path. So here is my question that I am stuck on. I want to be able to prompt the admin/user to enter input, using a simple phrase like "Enter the machine name, or UNC path name to the text file" The admin would then either do one or the other. I can get this done right now but I have to use two different scripts, I would love to be able to use only one and have powershell fire up and deliver the info. This might be a little to advance for me right now, but I am at that point where I am getting a little creative, please help push me in the right direction if you can, SALUTE!

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    What you're describing is technically possible, but then you're faced with the challenge of parsing the user's input to tell whether it looks like a valid computer name or a valid UNC path. A more common way of accomplishing this in PowerShell is to define parameter sets, and the user can specify either -ComputerName or -Path when calling your script or function. For example, here's the skeleton of a script or function that would use that approach:

    [CmdletBinding(DefaultParameterSetName = 'ComputerName')]
    param (
        [Parameter(Mandatory, ParameterSetName = 'ComputerName', ValueFromPipeline)]
        [string[]]
        $ComputerName,
    
        [Parameter(Mandatory, ParameterSetName = 'InputFile')]
        [string[]]
        $Path
    )
    
    process
    {
        if ($PSCmdlet.ParameterSetName -eq 'ComputerName')
        {
            foreach ($computer in $ComputerName)
            {
                # Do something with $computer
            }
        }
        else
        {
            foreach ($file in $Path)
            {
                Get-Content -Path $file |
                ForEach-Object {
                    $computer = $_
    
                    # Do something with $computer
                }
            }
        }
    }
    

    If you want to actually prompt the user to enter input (which means the script has to be run interactively; it can't be run as a scheduled task, for instalce), use the Read-Host cmdlet:

    $userInput = Read-Host -Prompt 'Enter the machine name, or UNC path name to the text file'
    

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