PowerShell Sub-Expressions

PowerShell Sub-Expressions

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This week I’m teaching a PowerShell Workshop and I get often asked why it is necessary to use a sub-expression, a $ sign followed by a set of parenthesis ().

Compare the following difference:

1 $service = Get-Service -Name Spooler 2 #Without the use of Sub-Expressions 3 "The Spooler Service is currently $service.status" 4 5 #Without the use of Sub-Expressions but extra step 6 $status = $service.status 7 "The Spooler Service is currently $status" 8 9 #With the use of Sub-Expressions 10 "The Spooler Service is currently $($service.status)"


By using sub-expressions you are able to extract the value of a property for displaying. This saves the extra step of creating an additional variable to contain the value of the property before displaying it.

Hope this helps.

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  • Thanks, I didn't know this one yet.

  • Hi stefan,

    Great TIP! Thanks. Most of the time is was constructing a [string] with the {x} and the -f for this. till now ;-)

    Maybe you can help me out with a other mystery ?

    how do i read out the  IsManagementServer property on the example below ??

    $X= Get-SCOMClass -Name "Microsoft.SystemCenter.ManagementServer" | Get-SCOMMonitoringObject

    $.[Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].IsManagementServer ??????

    $.IsManagementServer ??????

    [Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].AuthenticationName                            : MAM.stateview.local

    [Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].MaximumQueueSize                              : 104857600

    [Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].MaximumSizeOfAllTransferredFiles              : (null)

    [Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].RequestCompression                            : True

    [Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].CreateListener                                : True

    [Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].Port                                          : 5723

    [Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].IsRHS                                         : True

    [Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].IsManagementServer                            : True



  • Hi , figured it out.

    $x | GM

    pointed out it was a noteproperty

    since its using [] i have to use '' to make a string of it

    So the correct syntax would be


    thanks anyway.


  • Hi Michel,

    You beat me :-) Great you solved it already.


  • in unix its quote popular and is called command substitution. I discovered this through a very pedestrian occasion. I wanted to create ramdrive inside the OS X installer to store the logfile in ddrescue. The guide to create the ramdrive used the ` ...` notation in bash.