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How to find out, if a remote Session has allready been imported

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When we import-pssession, Poweshell creates a temporary module for implicit remoting. When we remove-pssession, all the temporary modules that belong to it (Powershell creates a new module every time we Import the session!) are removed.

My goal is to know, if a certain PSSession has been already imported or not. The idea was to find out, if there are modules bound to this session. Unfortunately I could not find any properties in modules that would reference the session neither the session properties referencing the modules. But Powershell knows it somehow!

Does anyone have an idea?

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Alexander Lerner
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run the command Get-PSSession to see which sessions are connected to the local computer
run the command Get-PSSessionConfiguration to see the registered session configurations on the local computer
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by:AlLerner
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Unfortunately it does not solve the Problem. Please read the question again. Thank you.
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The command Get-Module will show you all modules you have on your session
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Thank you. On which session? I am still in my local session, but I have imported a remote-session and now I look for indices, that a certain remote session has already been imported.
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using Get-PSSession will show you all sessions on your local machine.  Each session has an ID/guid number. from there you can use a
Connect-PSSession IDNumber

in your powershell run a get-help Get-PSSession -detailed  (for syntax)  
Also run get-help PSSession -detailed                               (for more commands)
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Dear Foxluv... Please, read my question. I don't want to know the ID of the session. I don't want to connect to session because it has never been disconnected. I want to know, if the session has been imported!!!!!!
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If you look at a module's Description property you can see that it includes the name of the server that it's connected to for implicit remoting.   I suppose you could do a check on a PsSession's ComputerName property to see if any modules have a Description property that includes the computer name.

If you have PS 3.0+, you might consider using Import-Module <modulename> -PsSession $s
In this case, even if the session $s is removed, if you try to run on of the commands from the imported module, it will automatically try to reestablish a session for the implicit remoting.
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Well, it is not exactly what I would like to use, because Microsoft can change the description of such module any time it likes, somewhere between the release 5 and 6. Mor than that, the description is in the language of OS, so it can be tricky to look, where exactly in is the URI (not actually the server name) of the session to look for. But there is likely nothin else one could actually use.
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The temp modules are saved to the filesystem.  If you actually look in the module file, you can find the InstanceID of the PsSession.
Get-PSSession | Where { Select-String -path (Get-Module | Select -expand path) -pattern $_.instanceid.tostring() -simplematch }

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I don't know if this will work for all use cases.
It might be better if you state what problem you're trying to solve, or even why you're trying to solve it.  Perhaps a better approach could be suggested.
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ID: 41769351 provides a method that will work for at least some circumstances.
ID: 41774352 provides a method that is more reliable.
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