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Retrieving EC2 instance information with PowerShell - Part 2

If you did not read part 1 of this, there may be some differences in configurations. As long as you have access to the AWS CLI with a specified user (or yourself), you should be good to go!

We left off with running some PowerShell cmdlets to pull some information. Let's say that's not enough. Let's say we want to have the ability to make a tool out of this script to run at our leisure. Say daily, weekly, monthly. We'll have to turn this into a dedicated script for our use case.

The first thing we'll do is get our code editor. I prefer VSCode, but you can choose whichever you prefer. Within VSCode, please download the PowerShell extension.

Let's go ahead and go to File > New File. Save wherever you would like (in production, a Git repo would be ideal. For testing, we can save to our desktop). I named mine Get-EC2VMinfo.ps1, but you can name it whatever you'd like, as long as it has a .ps1 file extension.

Now that we have our text editor and file ready, let's start with our function block and parameters.

I specified two parameters here, instanceID and Region. The instanceID param is for if you want to specify a specific instance. If you don't specify, they all get returned.

The above is the core code that will be run in our process block. Let's break it down;
1. The first try block contains a call to the $PSCmdlet class that essentially says "run this part of the code if instance ID is specified"
2. The else statement is for if instanceID is NOT specified and it will return all instances
3. The [pscustomobject] blocks are to create objects out of our output and specify what we want to see.
4. The try/catch error handing is very simple. If there are any errors, they get thrown to the screen.

Now that we wrote out code, let's go ahead and run it.

I ran the code without specifying an instanceID, but I only have one running, which is why there isn't more output. Above we can see;
1. InstanceName
2. InstanceID
3. AMI
4. InstanceType
5. PrivateIP
6. PublicIP

These are the custom objects that we created within our code.

There you have it folks! We now have a tool that can pull EC2 info for us on any occasion we would like.

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Want to tell me how I'm doing or ask questions? Please feel free to contact me!
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