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‘MOM.scriptAPI’ does not return property bag in Powershell ISE

When implementing a new management pack for SCOM 2007 R2, most of the time I try to use Powershell instead of VBScript.
For the development I normally use notepad++, but since this wasn’t installed at customers’ I tried using the ISE.

After an hour of troubleshooting, I switched to the console host of Powershell, and the script was working as suspected.
The code that confused myself are only a few lines:

$api = new-object -comObject 'MOM.ScriptAPI'
$bag = $api.CreatePropertyBag()



Running the code in the ISE returns: NOTHING

Running it in the normal console host, retruns the xml structure of the SCOM property bag as suspected.

So, using notepad++ and the consolehost for deployment of managment pack scripts is my recommended way at the moment…

Hashtable doesn’t contain a method ‘Ádd’

The powershell has a really nice implementation of a dictionary. It is called Hashtable and can be used to store pairs of keys and values.
Compared with the dictionary used in vbscript, it is really simple to use,
and I have used it several times befor. Till last friday:

There is a method called ‘Add’, really!
And running a get-member agains a hashtable shows at the first entry:

Name         MemberType      Definition
—-              ———-                 ———-
Add            Method                  System.Void Add(System.Object key, System.Object value)

So where the hell does this error come from.
I decided to make a set-psdebug -step in the powershell ISE.
Have a look what I’ve found:

Yes, you can trust your eyes, there is an acute accent on top of the A
Add -> Ádd

Ok, so where are my glasses:

As you can see, using the ISE with a Font Size of 12
and a sceen resolution of 1920 x 1200
makes it hard to see everything clear.

And I’m really glad, that this wasn’t a real bug to my favorite object hashtable.