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September 10, 2016 at 2:47 am

I am struggling with invoke-Command to execute custom function remotely and display the output at the local host. I've read many posts regarding invoke-Command online but I haven't find a way to resolve this problem.

First the custom function is working. It's called get-openfiles. The code is provided below:

function get-openfiles{                                                                                  
 $collection = @()                                                                                        
 foreach ($computer in $computername){                                                                    
 $netfile = [ADSI]"WinNT://$computer/LanmanServer"                                                        

 $netfile.Invoke("Resources") | foreach {                                                                 
 $collection += New-Object PsObject -Property @{                                                          
 Id = $_.GetType().InvokeMember("Name", 'GetProperty', $null, $_, $null)                                  
 itemPath = $_.GetType().InvokeMember("Path", 'GetProperty', $null, $_, $null)                            
 UserName = $_.GetType().InvokeMember("User", 'GetProperty', $null, $_, $null)                            
 LockCount = $_.GetType().InvokeMember("LockCount", 'GetProperty', $null, $_, $null)                      
 Server = $computer                                                                                       
 if ($verbose){write-warning $error[0]}                                                                   
 Return $collection                                                                                       

I have used following methods but none of them working. Some of example below will work for built-in function but my condition is that I have to use the custom function.
$s = New-PSSession -ComputerName remote-STL
$CifServer = "fs-STL-01"
function get-openfiles{..}
invoke-command -Session $s -ScriptBlock ${function:get-openfiles} -ArgumentList $CifServer

$s = New-PSSession -ComputerName remote-STL
$CifServer = "fs-STL-01"
invoke-command -Session $s -ScriptBlock {Import-Module C:\scripts\grp-functions.psm1}
invoke-command -Session $s -ScriptBlock {get-openfiles -computername $args[0]} -ArgumentList $CifServer

# Not working #3
$s = New-PSSession -ComputerName remote-STL
$CifServer = "fs-STL-01"
invoke-command -Session $s -ScriptBlock {Import-Module C:\scripts\grp-functions.psm1}
invoke-command -Session $s -ScriptBlock { param($CifServer) get-openfiles -computername $Cifserver } -ArgumentList $CifServer

# Not working #4
$CifServer = "fs-STL-01"
function get-openfiles{..}
invoke-command -ComputerName remote-STL -ScriptBlock ${function:get-openfiles} -ArgumentList $CifServe

# not working #5
$CifServer = "fs-STL-01"
invoke-command -ComputerName remote-STL -ScriptBlock {get-openfiles -computername $args[0]}

September 10, 2016 at 3:47 pm


I don't have the answer but I'd try to find the answer here


September 11, 2016 at 3:38 am

Hi Liang,
I confused as to your need to use invoke-command here. The script is written to allow you to supply the computername you want to return the results for.

get-openfiles -computername "fs-STL-01"

However, if you want to use invoke-command for some reason, you can do it this way.

invoke-command -ComputerName "fs-STL-01" -ScriptBlock ${function:get-openfiles}
  • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  Curtis Smith.

September 11, 2016 at 5:50 am

Hi Curtis, the reason I can't use invoke-command directly to fs-stl-01 is that is one of data storage units (not a real Window Server). I CAN use

 get-openfiles -computername "fs-STL-01" 

but the fs-STL-01 is located at St. Louise Datacenter. The performance will suffer greatly because the computer I am using for powershell is located in Seattle. Therefore, I have to use remote-STL server which it is at the same location with fs-STL-01. The script I am writing will execute from one location and if it found out the data located at remote datacenter, it will use invoke-command to execute remotely from local Windows server and return the result back to the host computer (the one in Seattle).

Thanks for look into it.


September 12, 2016 at 5:05 am

Hey Liang,
It appears you are running into the classic "Second Hop" issue with PowerShell remoting. This is disallowed by default.

Check out "Secrets of PowerShell Remoting" in the eBooks link above in the site menu. It discusses this issue and much more.

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  Curtis Smith.

September 13, 2016 at 1:17 am

Thanks for the advice, Curtis AND Hermann. I have started looking for answer from this link:

If I figured out the correct codes/syntax. I will post back to this thread.