PowerShell Function Get-IPConfig

How to Display MAC or IP AddressPowerShell Function Get-IPConfig with Get-IPConfig

I designed this cmdlet style function to display IPv4, IPv6 or MAC addresses.  At the heart of this example is the built-in Windows command: IPConfig.

Guy's Get-IPConfig Function


Planning the Get-IPConfig Function

The concept is to enhance Microsoft's original IPConfig command by creating parameters such as -MAC (Physical address: 20-CF-30-3A-B4-72), or -IP, which display just the dotty dot numbers, for example:

1) Top Section – Help and Description
There is no need to worry about <# ….Adding Comments… #> until the end of the project.

2) PowerShell Parameters
List of parameters, for example $MAC.  My advice is tackle the parameters section once you have the basic Process {IPConfig} working.

3) Process: Keyword, Main Section
This is the engine of your script.  It this example I have created a series of:
If … ElseIf … statements, which refine the base IPConfig command.

4) Begin and End
These 2 keywords introduce optional sections, which could introduce one-off code.

Example: PowerShell Function Get-IPConfig

My mission is to provide a real-life example of how to create a PowerShell function.

Function Global:Get-IPConfig {
PowerShell function to encase Microsoft's IPConfig
Includes parameters to filter MAC and IPv4 and IPv6 addresses
Get-IPConfig -MAC
Param (

Begin {
         } # End of small begin section
Process {
If($Mac) {
IPConfig -all | Select-String "Physical"
         } # End of If
ElseIf($IP) {
IPConfig -all | Select-String "IPv"
ElseIf($All) {
IPConfig -all
        } # End of ElseIf
Else {
         } # End of Else
    } # End of Process Section
End {
"`n " + (Get-Date).DateTime
       } # End of 'End' section
} # End of Get-IPConfig Function

3 Commands to try

  • Get-IPConfig -MAC
  • Get-IPConfig -IP
  • Help Get-IPConfig -full

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Learning Points for Creating a PowerShell Function

  • From  scripting point of view, [Switch]$MAC enables you to oscillate between running the basic command, and modifying the code as laid out in the IF($MAC) {Swap this code} construction.
  • From a user's point of view think of appending a -switch so that you can filter the output, for example:
    IPConfig -MAC
  • In addition to providing the function's construction, PowerShell brings Select-String to this project, and thus enhances the underlying IPConfig command.
  • The hidden agenda of this function is to illustrate how PowerShell can run native operating system commands such as IPConfig.

Problems of Creating a PowerShell Function

Firstly, there is the psychological problem that you can use Windows PowerShell perfectly well without bothering to create functions.  Secondly, there are so many terms vying for your attention, for example: param, process and synopsis.  Thirdly the syntax is fiddly; beginners get in a twist with different types of bracket they need to create a PowerShell function.

There is good news, creating a PowerShell is satisfying, and when you are starting out just ignore factors such writing <# comments #> if you want to concentrate on the action of the 'Process' section.

My technique was to learn by doing, building on success, gradually coming to embrace terms such as Global, [Switch] and to understand the significance of the brackets and the punctuation.

More About IPConfig Cmdlets

Another technique is to use a cmdlet called Get-NetIPConfiguration which comes with Windows 8.

See more on PowerShell function parameters »

Summary of Creating a PowerShell Function Get-IPConfig

The idea of this function is to enhance the built-in command IPConfig by creating parameters that filter the output to just display the MAC address or list only the IP addresses.

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