prompt for powershell for user inputbox

Posted on 2014-07-14
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Last Modified: 2014-07-15
Greetings I am trying to construct a prompt for an inputbox that will prompt me for the input and then run this script and have it to go into the csv file. I am trying to Microsoft.visual basic parameters and they are not working. I am using powershell 3.0. The $prompto variable after organizationalname is the piece I am trying to get an inputbox to prompt for thanks. Any help would be appreciated.

$mailbox=Get-mailbox –organizationalname $prompto
$mailbox| foreach-object{
$TotalItemSize=(get-mailboxstatistics –identity $DisplayName ).TotalITemSize
$ItemCount=(get-mailboxstatistics -identity $DisplayName ).ItemCount

$obj=new-object System.Object

$obj|add-member -membertype NoteProperty -name "PrimarySmtpAddress" -value $SmtpAddress

$obj|add-member -membertype NoteProperty -name "TotalItemSize" -value $TotalItemSize

$obj|add-member -membertype NoteProperty -name "ItemCount" -value $ItemCount



$Total_results|export-csv c:\report.csv -notype
Question by:techdrive
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Though PS is easy to use, however when it comes to GUI, it is a complex task. Check below MS URL

See if this fits to your requirement.
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If you're fine with just a prompt at the console, then you can use Read-Host.
$prompto = Read-Host "Enter something"
If you really need a popup box then you're left with the more complicated route of creating GUI elements.

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by:Murali Reddy
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$prompto = read-host                           ####and then
$mailbox=Get-mailbox –organizationalname $prompto -resultsize "unlimited"


$mailbox=Get-mailbox –organizationalname (read-host) -resultsize "unlimited"

May I have your requirement? Howmany exchange organizations you have in your setup?
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Qlemo earned 1000 total points
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For a non-GUI, simple prompt you can use $promptTo = read-host 'Please provide the organizational unit to display members of'.

The code you showed isn't the way you should write PowerShell scripts. Make extensive use of the pipeline, as this improves both performance and memory consumption. Where you should use intermediate vars is if you need to use data more than once; you called get-mailboxstatistics twice, which should be avoided.
$promptTo = read-host 'Please provide the organizational unit to display mailboxes of'
Get-mailbox –organizationalname $prompto | foreach-object {
  $mbstats       = get-mailboxstatistics –identity $_.DisplayName

  new-object PsObject -Property @{
     PrimarySmtpAddress = $_.PrimarySmtpAddress
     TotalItemSize      = $mbstats.TotalITemSize
     ItemCount          = $mbstats.ItemCount
} | export-csv c:\report.csv -notype

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This can be written more smart even, by using the mailbox statistics object and filter/add properties as needed:
$promptTo = read-host 'Please provide the organizational unit to display mailboxes of'
Get-mailbox –organizationalname $prompto | foreach-object {
  $SmtpAddress = $_.PrimarySmtpAddress
  get-mailboxstatistics –identity $_.DisplayName |
    select TotalItemSize, ItemCount, @{n='PrimarySmtpAddress'; e={$SmtpAddress}}
} | export-csv c:\report.csv -notype

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We have still to use foreach-object here since PrimarySmtpAddress isn't contained in the mb stats (the display name is for example).
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oBdA earned 1000 total points
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For what it's worth, it's actually not that difficult to access the VB Inputbox in PS:
Add-Type -AssemblyName Microsoft.VisualBasic
$prompto = [Microsoft.VisualBasic.Interaction]::InputBox("Prompt", "Title", "Default Response")

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outstanding thanks exactly what I was looking for OBDA

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