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Hi,

I'm new to Powershell, I do know my way around but the basics only.
I found a function which I like to implement.

How do I do this (where do I copy this function and how do I call for it)?

Please advise.
J.
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by:Subsun
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You can dot source the script.. For example save the function it in to a ps1 file and run it in PowerShell console as shown below. Once it is done. Function saved in the .ps1 file will be available in console..


PS> . c:\powershell\Function.ps1

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PS : There is a space after dot.

You can refer the following article for other examples..
http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2010/08/10/how-to-reuse-windows-powershell-functions-in-scripts.aspx
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by:janhoedt
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No, not clear at all.
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I have added the function but then what? If I call for the function I get errors "the term -myscript.ps1" is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file ...
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by:janhoedt
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I had to add an extra . before the ps1.
My path is that long so I did not use c:\... just the .\myscript.ps1 that doesnt work unless you add an extra .
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So that is . .\Myscript.ps1
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You either have to add the complete path
PS> . c:\powershell\Function.ps1

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or if the script is in same path where you run the script then (as you mentioned in your post)
. .\Function.ps1

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For example.. if you have following function saved in to a function.ps1 file in C:\temp

Function Test-Echo ($String){
Write-Host "Hello $String"
}

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Here is how you use it..

Example
Another option is to just copy and paste the code in to the PowerShell console and then start using the function.
Another Example
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