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  • Question

  • I have a third party COM server API that I would like to use in PowerShell. I can use it in C#/Visual Studio, the types are recognized. However in PowerShell I cannot make it work. If I use New-Object - ComObject to instantiate the entry point, it is of type System.__ComObject. If I use the Interop (Add-Type -Path <Interop.dll>),  I get an error that there is no appropriate constructor.

    Opening the interop in ILDASM, I see that entry point is defined as an interface. So the error from PowerShell makes sense, however why does it work in the C# Console App. The maker of the API only gives a C# example. Opening the tlb in OLEViewer, the same call is a coclass that implements an interface, the coclass itself has no members.

    I do not understand enough about COM interop or the RCW to see why C#/Visual Studio can interpret the types however Powershell cannot.

    Thursday, November 21, 2019 4:06 PM

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  • Without a type library the properties and methods will not be visible. Either add a TLB or learn to use "Invoke" to access properties and methods.

    Also newer COM objects may not be browsable but you can try to access the properties direct like any object.


    • Edited by jrv Thursday, November 21, 2019 4:13 PM
    Thursday, November 21, 2019 4:12 PM
  • I do have the tlb and it is registered in Windows. New-Object -ComObject works in Powershell and in VS I can add the reference selecting from the COM dialog.

    I tried InvokeMember, however I get an error that the method or property does not exist.

    Both Powershell and VS are pointing to the same tlb, yet VS is doing something differently since it can recognize the types.

    Thursday, November 21, 2019 4:28 PM
  • Not all COM objects are "scriptable". They have to be designed specifically for scripting. Contact the vendor for the object to see if they have a version for scripting.

    You might be able to use direct C# methods to activate the COM object.

    Without a copy it I hard to know.  Post in the VS forum to get more info on scriptable COM.


    Thursday, November 21, 2019 4:54 PM
  • Try this to be sure your invoke was correct.

    Function Invoke-ComObject{
        if($ComObject -IsNot '__ComObject'){
                $Global:ComInvoke = @{}
                $ComInvoke.$ComObject = New-Object -ComObject $ComObject
            $ComObject = $ComInvoke.$ComObject
            $Invoke = 'InvokeMethod'
            $Invoke = 'SetProperty'
            $Invoke = 'GetProperty'
        [__ComObject].InvokeMember($Property, $Invoke, $Null, $ComObject, $Value)


    Thursday, November 21, 2019 4:56 PM
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