Powershell Get item of html dropdown?

Hi,

This is exactly what I want to do:
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15150397/powershell-select-drop-down-menu-from-web-page 

= selecting an item in a dropdown list of html (reporting server)

Now my link is
http://OurReportingServer/Reports/Pages/Report.aspx?ItemPath=%2fConfigMgr_PRD%2fSoftware+Updates+-+C+Deployment+States%2fStates+1+-+Enforcement+states+for+a+deployment

And what I want to be selected is
($dropdown | where {$_.innerHTML -like "Updates - PILOT*"}).Selected = $true

How can I achieve this?
J.
janhoedtAsked:
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Jose Gabriel Ortega CastroCEO Faru Bonon IT - EE Solution ExpertCommented:
Can you post the HTML file? and remove all the not relevant information for it like enterprise number change them for dummies and post the HTML file. We can do web scrapping for nothing, the link doesn't open.

We need at least the ID of the dropdown
oBdACommented:
Try this:
$ReportUrl = 'http://OurReportingServer/Reports/Pages/Report.aspx?ItemPath=%2fConfigMgr_PRD%2fSoftware+Updates+-+C+Deployment+States%2fStates+1+-+Enforcement+states+for+a+deployment'
$DropdownText = 'Updates - PILOT*'

$ie = New-Object -ComObject 'InternetExplorer.Application'
$ie.Visible = $true
$ie.Navigate($ReportUrl)
While ($ie.Busy) {Start-Sleep -Milliseconds 500}
$Option = $ie.Document.getElementsByTagName('OPTION') | Where-Object {$_.text -like $DropdownText}
$Option.selected = $true
While ($ie.Busy) {Start-Sleep -Milliseconds 500}
$Submit = $ie.Document.getElementsByTagName('INPUT') | Where-Object {$_.type -eq 'submit'}
$Submit.click()

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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Works great! However, the selection method should be different because the text appears to be  (in the result of the query)
"Updates - PILOT - November - Updates - PILOT - November", so it is there twice and when selecting this $Option the submit does not find it.
Don't know why the text does this (enumerating twice) but tried to select on value

Tried  $option =  $($ie.Document.getElementsByTagName('OPTION') | Where-Object {$_.text -like $DropdownText}).uniquenumber but that does not work

Any ideas?
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
I see there is an option $option.uniqueNumber  but not suer how to fit this all together.
oBdACommented:
Sorry, can't quite follow your description of what's happening.
Does the script produce any errors, or is just IE / the site not cooperating?
What's the output when you just paste the following into a PS console?
$ReportUrl = 'http://OurReportingServer/Reports/Pages/Report.aspx?ItemPath=%2fConfigMgr_PRD%2fSoftware+Updates+-+C+Deployment+States%2fStates+1+-+Enforcement+states+for+a+deployment'
$DropdownText = 'Updates - PILOT*'
$ie = New-Object -ComObject 'InternetExplorer.Application'
$ie.Visible = $true
$ie.Navigate($ReportUrl)
While ($ie.Busy) {Start-Sleep -Milliseconds 500}
$Option = $ie.Document.getElementsByTagName('OPTION') | Where-Object {$_.text -like $DropdownText}
$Option | select inner*, outer*, text

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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Never mind, overlooked something. Works great, thanks a lot!
janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Sidenote: any idea howto make this possible in an htlml only context (so <a> </a>)?
oBdACommented:
Similar to the above, only the TagName would be "A".
janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Think you misunderstood. I'd need to make a webpage which is generated by Powershell. The link itself should point to the url which triggers the dropdownbox and submits.
Probably some javascript or something else to include into the webpage?
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