Mar 8, 2012

[Powershell] Try-Catch fails to catch an exception?

I was running a script that does WMI query and found that my try-catch-final statement seemed not working. The exception was still shown on console instead of handled by my catch block.

It turns out that exceptions are categorized into two groups, terminating exceptions and non-terminating exceptions. By default, try-catch intercepts only terminating exceptions. No surprisingly, get-WMIobject exceptions are non-terminating exceptions.

There are two ways to make it work. One is to make all exception terminating by below assignment:

$ErrorActionPreference = "Stop"; #Make all errors terminating

Remember to reset the preference at the end of your script as this is global.

$ErrorActionPreference = "Continue"

Or right after get-WMIobject statement, check the value of $?

if ($?){ 
        #processing block
else {
       throw $error[0].exception

Retrieving Terminal Server Configuration Settings Using Powershell

It was quite easy for Windows 2003 TS servers with Win32_TerminalServiceSetting WMI class, there are tons of documents on the Net. It took me some time, however, to find out that MS change the class considerably for Windows 2008.

It's now under a different name space root\cimv2\TerminalServices. It also requires you to specify an authentication flavour before you can gain access.

In short, you get info with below commands (w2k3 and w2k8 respectively):

gwmi Win32_TerminalServiceSetting -computername -namespace root/cimv2/TerminalServices -authentication 6


gwmi Win32_TerminalServiceSetting -computername [-namespace root/cimv2]