Catch errors when creating a VM using Powershell

Lger-3439 166 Reputation points

When creating a new VM with Powershell, is there any way to catch errors?

New-VM -Name $vmname `
 -MemoryStartupBytes $memorySize `
 -Path D:\Hyper-V\ `
 -NewVHDPath D:\Hyper-V\$vmname\$vmname.vhdx `
 -NewVHDSizeBytes $diskSize `
 -Generation 2 `
 -SwitchName "vSwitch"

For example, an error can occur if the virtual switch does not exist. In this case, no more tasks should be processed and the script should be terminated.

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  1. Rich Matheisen 45,831 Reputation points

    The New-VM cmdlet recognizes all "Common-Parameters", so adding "-ErrorAction STOP" to the cmdlets' parameters and wrapping the cmdlet in a Try/Catch will allow you trigger a terminating exception for an errors encountered during the cmdlets' execution.

        New-VM  -Name $vmname 
                -MemoryStartupBytes $memorySize 
                -Path D:\Hyper-V\ 
                -NewVHDPath D:\Hyper-V\$vmname\$vmname.vhdx 
                -NewVHDSizeBytes $diskSize 
                -Generation 2 
                -SwitchName "vSwitch"
                -ErrorAction STOP
        # Report or handle the error here
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