Powershell–How to write your own custom functions in Powershell?

How to write your own functions within Powershell?

As most of you knows, Powershell is a really powerful toy for administrators which are dealing with a lot of systems. Most of the time, you do same operations and need to write your own scripts. I usually use here the "function" method to build my own Powershell functions which I call later in my script anytime.

Function Example: Enumerate all drives/partitions on a server
function GetDrives
    Get-WmiObject Win32_DiskPartition | select-Object Name, VolumeName, DiskIndex, Index 

Function Example: Start all VMs
function StartVM ([string]$VMName) {
    write-host ('INFOTEXTBOX: Starting all VM now: '+$VMName)
    Get-VM -Suspended $VMName | Start-VM -Force
    Get-VM -Stopped $VMName | Start-VM -Force
    while (!(Get-VM $VMName -Running)) {sleep 1}

Function Example: Cleanup or Remove all VM
function RemoveVM ([string]$VMName) {
    write-host ('INFO: Remove VMs now:'+$VMName)
    Get-VM $VMName| Remove-VM -force | Out-Null
    while (Get-VM $VMName) {sleep 3}

Function Example: Remove ISO drive from VM
function RemoveISO ([string]$VMName) {
    $DVD=Get-VMDisk $VMName | Where-Object {$_.DriveName -like 'DVD Drive'} | Where-Object {$_.DiskImage -like '*.iso'}
    if ($DVD) {
        ForEach ($actDVD in $DVD) {
            write-host ('INFO: Remove Mounted ISO from VM '+$VMName)
            Remove-VMDrive $VMName -ControllerID $actDVD.ControllerID -LUN $actDVD.DriveLUN -DiskOnly | Out-Null

These are examples for Hyper-V and Cluster Environments where we do utilize command like  “Remove-VMDrive” or “Get-VM” from the Powershell Hyper-V library module from Codeplex or built in Failover Cluster module.

PowerShell: calling a function with parameters

PowerShell Tutorial 10: Functions and Filters

Stay tuned for further PS examples Winking smile



Comments (2)
  1. rprep says:

    Thanks for posting the example scripts. I wonder if you have any inputs on handling non-english version of OS. “DVD Drive” could be localized. I’m curios. I’m using following to detect vm with physical disk

    PS C:UsersAdministrator> $HDs=Get-vm -Name VMWithPhyDisk | get-vmdisk
    PS C:UsersAdministrator> $HDs[1]

    DriveName : Passthrough Disk
    DiskPath : Physical drive: Disk 6 1536.00 GB Bus 0 Lun 0 Target 5
    DiskImage : Physical drive: Disk 6 1536.00 GB Bus 0 Lun 0 Target 5
    DiskName : Hard Drive
    DiskInstanceID : Microsoft:4BC86DEF-398D-46D5-8E36-EB00FDE23A2E83F8638B-8DCA-4152-9EDA-2CA8B33039B41D

    How can grep for “Passthrough Disk” in non-english version of OS.

    1. Hi,
      you can use WMI API here where you have much more capabilities as in Hyper-V Powershell. The Hyper-V module commandlet’s from codeplex does also use in background same “techniques (WMI API)” as described in blog below. Please check out following blog around passthrough disks and automation -> http://blogs.msdn.com/b/taylorb/archive/2009/10/16/attaching-passthough-disks-via-wmi-scsi-or-ide.aspx

      let me know if does solve your “issue” 😉

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