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  1. Fix .NET date formatting bug in .ToString()

    PS D:\> gcim win32_operatingsystem | % caption
    Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard

    PS D:\> $PSVersionTable.PSVersion

    Major Minor Build Revision
    ----- ----- ----- --------
    5 1 14393 1358

    PS D:\> [DateTime]::Now.ToString('yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss')
    2017-07-27 12.29.37

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      9 comments  ·  PowerShell Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • [Bug] IE automation script will no longer work in PowerShell version 5

      To be better notified of incoming tickets in our ticket system I developed a script that opens a hidden IE instance:

      $ie = New-Object -ComObject InternetExplorer.Application
      (I tried the respective registry entry and "$ie = new-object -Com InternetExplorer.ApplicationMedium", no better.)

      (This input box is too small.)

      After some script statements to log in and navigate to the incoming tickets monitor, I do a

      $newcalls = $ie.Document.getElementsByName("callid")

      (This input box is too small.)

      That's working perfectly fine in PowerShell version 4, but in v5 I get

      Exception from HRESULT: 0x800A138A
      At <path>.ps1:89
      char:5
      + $newcalls = $ie.Document.getElementsByName("callid")
      + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      + CategoryInfo…

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        5 comments  ·  PowerShell Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • very inconsistent drive letter usage

        Hi there

        in this case I have to remove and reinstall an OS while booting from usb stick. But this is only one example - it´s not the first time im seeing this behaviour.

        if (Test-path c:) {Get-Volume -DriveLetter c | Get-Partition | Remove-PartitionAccessPath -AccessPath c:\}

        In this line the term C is used three times

        First time as c: (here would be c:\ also possible)
        Second time as c (neither c: nor c:\ is working here)
        Third time as c:\ (neither c nor c: is working here)

        I´m working with variables - this means I have to create 3…

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          2 comments  ·  PowerShell Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • We need a proper set of built-in, easy-to-use, dedicated registry cmdlets

          Managing registry keys and values on local and remote systems with PowerShell is a pain.

          Reviewing the articles, forums and blogs on the Internet clearly shows that new PowerShell users struggle to understand how to use registry provider drives and the cmdlets like New-Item, Get-ItemProperty, New-ItemProperty, and so on. This has prompted the creation of a variety of home-brew modules and functions to deal with the problem, like this one, which is extremely useful, but is not built into PowerShell by default of course:

          https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/RegistryLibrarypsm1-b38a81ba

          PowerShell needs a proper set of built-in, dedicated registry cmdlets that 1) are easy to…

          24 votes
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            4 comments  ·  PowerShell Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • using module <Module> does not work as expected

            I have a problem with loading classes from a module.

            Script is just two lines as following:
            using module AzureAD
            class TestClass { [Microsoft.Open.AzureAD.Model.Application] static DoIt() { return $null; } }

            If I run this, using .\Script.ps1 I get the following error:
            At C:\path\Script.ps1:3 char:20
            + class TestClass { [Microsoft.Open.AzureAD.Model.Application] static D ...
            + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
            Unable to find type [Microsoft.Open.AzureAD.Model.Application].
            + CategoryInfo : ParserError: (:) [], ParseException
            + FullyQualifiedErrorId : TypeNotFound

            However, if I run "using module AzureAD" from the command line first and then run the script, it works fine...

            What is the difference in running using module from…

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              0 comments  ·  PowerShell Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Powershell does not interpret set variables

              Powershell has (optionally) replaced cmd as a standard shell in Windows 10.

              However it is a pity that Powershell is not able to interpret commands that rely on usage of variables that are defined in "set"

              like %computername%, %windir%, %userprofile%, %appdata% etc
              etc

              Please respect your own system variables in use for decades Microsoft. Thank you a lot.
              There must be way without breaking this.

              try issuing a simple

              cd %appdata%

              in powershell (often used in KB articles), good luck and have fun (or not).

              Imho while I could understand limitations this is pretty odd.

              2 votes
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                5 comments  ·  PowerShell Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • PS 5 assigning to list value while PS 4 isn´t

                Hi!

                We recently got WMF 5.1 (KB3191566) that included PS 5.
                We then began finding differences in the behavior of PS 5 and PS 4 when running our scripts. The result was different.

                We didn´t notice this problem since someone wrapped it in a try catch block... So to recreate this issue/bug I made this script and ran it on one host with PS 5 and one VM host on PS 4.

                add-type -Language CSharpVersion3 -TypeDefinition @"
                public class TestClass
                {
                public System.Collections.Generic.List<System.Int32> listObject { get; set; }
                }
                "@

                [string]$string = "1"

                $classWithList = New-Object TestClass

                $classWithList.listObject = $string

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                  1 comment  ·  PowerShell Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • [BUG] Drag and drop to scripts shortcuts split paths containing spaces

                  Drag and dropping any file to a script shortcut split this path before passing the splitted strings as multiple parameters. Here's my detailed Issue Report :

                  Steps to reproduce
                  ------------------

                  1 - Get any script, for example :
                  [samplescript.psd1] :
                  ```
                  param([string]$path)
                  Write-Host($path)
                  pause
                  ```
                  or a simpler one-line sample: ```Write-Host($args);pause```

                  2 - Create a shortcut that runs the script :
                  [Shortcut Target ] : ```PowerShell "path\to\our\samplescript.psd1"```

                  3- Drag and drop a file containing spaces in its name to the shortcut
                  [sample file ] : ```C:\Some file with spaces.txt```

                  Expected behavior
                  -----------------

                  Drag and dropping the file should pass its…

                  2 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  PowerShell Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Command line parsing bug: spaces and trailing slash

                    There appears to be a bug parsing arguments to EXEs. If you pass a properly-quoted path that has spaces and a trailing slash, the rest of the command is lumped into the same argument. This also happens if you use a PowerShell variable to hold the path string.

                    To repro, first, install EchoArgs.exe (if using chocolatey: cinst -y echoargs). It demonstrates what arguments would get passed to any exe.

                    Then run:

                    PS> & EchoArgs "C:\spaces and trailing slash\" more args

                    Echo args shows that it all got lumped into one argument:

                    Arg 0 is <C:\spaces and trailing slash" more args>

                    6 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  PowerShell Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Can you add some stuff to Get-ClipBoard?

                      I would have liked the default behaviour to be that an array of newline-split strings was returned from Get-ClipBoard. 97 % of the time I end up writing (Get-ClipBoard) -split "\r?\n" | ...... often filtering out empty elements - and that's just boring.

                      In my own version I used -Raw for a string and nothing for an array/list.

                      Of course you can't change that now in the 5.x version (or later, sigh, will this be our doom in some distant future), but can you maybe add at least -AsArray or similar? Make it so it can only be used with…

                      3 votes
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                      • Make Import-DSCResource dynamic keyword parameter -ModuleVersion mandatory or generate parsing warning

                        Configurations expire when the DSCResource modules they import change. It would be very welcomed if a warning was generated by the pasrser when the Import-DSCResource keyword was used without specifying either the Fully Qualified Module Name (FQMN) or the ModuleVersion parameter/Argument pair. This would simplfy managing different versions of a configuration both on the build server as well consuming blog posts that have you guessing what version of the Module was being used.

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                        • PS5: Get-Help <anycommand> -ShowWindow doesn't display help

                          When executing "Get-Help <anycommand> -ShowWindow", the resulting window doesn't contain any help text.

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                          • Catch illegal syntax in array definition

                            Today I had an issue where getting an element at a certain index in a typed array failed. As I was troubleshooting this issue I found that it was simply because I had used a '.' (dot) instead of a ',' (comma) to separate the elements when I defined the typed array variable.
                            Okay, that is a clear mistake on my part. However, as I thought about it I would have loved to be alerted by the Powershell engine .

                            -- Experienced on v5.1.14409.1012 of PowerShell
                            -- Win7 x64 OS

                            TO REPRODUCE:

                            open vscode
                            create ps1 file
                            $array = "hej",…

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                            • Make the Continue statement work in ForEach-Object

                              Within in ForEach-Object script block, "continue" behaves like "break", and one should use "return" to simulate "continue". But, from my perspective, it would make sense to give "continue" foreach-object awareness

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                              • Provide a native ternary operator

                                It would be very nice and convenient if PowerShell had a native ternary operator like C# does (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/zakwfxx4(v=vs.100).aspx).

                                Basically it would allow you to write a short-hand if-else statement, so instead of having to write:

                                if ($someBoolCondition)
                                {
                                $x = $y.Property1
                                }
                                else
                                {
                                $x = $y.Property2
                                }

                                you could just write:

                                $x = $someBoolCondition ? $y.Property1 : $y.Property2

                                This operator is fairly standard in many programming languages, so it would be awesome if PowerShell could come up to speed with it as well. Thanks.

                                2 votes
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                                • PowerShell Core - Workflow Support

                                  Workflows in Windows PowerShell are extremely powerful, we've started investigating their use for our user provisioning tasks which need to gracefully handle timing issues, connectivity issues, throttling, etc.

                                  We'd really like to be able to run workflows in lightweight configurations like Docker Containers, the Nano Server image is especially attractive as it is so small. Unfortunately PowerShell Core on the Nano Server doesn't currently support workflows, we'd like to see that support added in PowerShell Core.

                                  7 votes
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                                  • Remote Powershell Session "-ErrorAction Stop" give Non-Terminating Error

                                    Script with Remote Powershell that are using Try/Catch and (of course) Terminating error, but for some reason under PSv5.1 Shell now those "-ErrorAction Stop" aren’t producing Terminating Error.

                                    I need to force $ErrorActionPreference = “Stop” to have my Try/Catch to work.

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                                    • ExecutionPolicyOverride-Problem with GPO in place on Server 2016

                                      I'm preparing some "Windows Server 2016" machines. While testing I stumbled across some issues with PowerShell.
                                      I invested some time and narrowed it down a bit.

                                      I also posted the issue on Microsoft Technet Forum and got the recommendation to file a Bug/Request here. Other users were also able to reproduce it quite easily:
                                      (see: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/842c2cc2-c7f6-41b7-9561-31b2c65262b0/executionpolicyoverrideproblem-with-gpo-in-place-?forum=winserverpowershell)

                                      Steps to reproduce:

                                      I create a new VM, insert the Server 2016 ISO, boot up and install. After first start I change the network-settings for my environment and join the domain. I move the new computer-object to an OU where the group policy…

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Powershell on Raspberry pi

                                        add Powershell support for Raspberry Pi devices running Raspbian OS

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                                        • Bug when loading functions with custom classess from One Drive folder in Windows 10

                                          Loading scripts with custom classes fails when loading file from One Drive folder location

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