Custom Format Views


I created a custom formatted view as below:

$currentdate = get-date

$currentdate = $currentdate.ToString(‘MM-dd-yyyy_hh-mm-ss’)

update-formatdata -prependpath C:\scripts\datest.format.ps1xml

get-da8stats -computername localhost

When I run the above function, I get the desired column header output mentioned in datest.format.ps1xml. But, when I export this to csv, the column headers are different again.

get-da8stats -computername localhost | export-csv -path “C:\test_$currentdate.csv”

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Thanks in advance.

You probably want to use select-object, not update-formatdata. Those format files are only for the screen.

Yes, and all formatting cmdlets are only for printing the output in console, it shouldn’t be used between pipelines but at the end of the pipeline, using it between the pipeline will convert the objects to text which is useful only in console.

Okay, thank you JS :slight_smile:

Thanks KV :slight_smile:

This is the code I am using to generate Csv file which contains Columns ComputerName, Memory %, CPU %, RAM(GB), No.Of Processors, Connections in order. I am getting the same when I run in powershell.exe, but format changes when I export to CSV. Can someone modify this and help me. Thank you.

function Get-DA8Stats





[parameter(mandatory=$True, ValueFromPipeline=$true, HelpMessage=“Computer name or IP address”)]











foreach ($computer in $ComputerName)


$memorysize = [math]::round((Get-WmiObject -ClassName Win32_OperatingSystem -ComputerName $computer).TotalVisibleMemorySize / 1mb)

$numberofprocessors = Get-WmiObject -ClassName Win32_computersystem -ComputerName $computer | select-object NumberOfLogicalProcessors

$daconnections = Get-RemoteAccessConnectionStatisticsSummary -ComputerName $computer | Select-Object totaldaconnections

$proc = Get-WmiObject -computername $computer win32_processor | Measure-Object -property LoadPercentage -Average | Select-Object Average

$mem = gwmi -Class win32_operatingsystem -computername $computer | Select-Object @{Name = “MemoryUsage”; Expression = {“{0:N2}” -f ((($.TotalVisibleMemorySize - $.FreePhysicalMemory)*100)/ $_.TotalVisibleMemorySize) }}

$paras = @{“RAM(GB)” = $memorysize;

“No.Of Processors” = $numberofprocessors.numberoflogicalprocessors;

“ComputerName” = $computer;

“Connections” = $daconnections.totaldaconnections;

“Memory %” = $mem.memoryusage;

“CPU %” = $proc.average


$obj = New-Object -TypeName psobject -Property $paras

$obj.psobject.typenames.insert(0, “DA.SystemInfo”)

Write-Output $obj



end {}




$CurrentDate = Get-Date

$CurrentDate = $CurrentDate.ToString(‘MM-dd-yyyy_hh-mm-ss’)

Update-FormatData -PrependPath C:\scripts\DATest.format.ps1xml

Get-DA8Stats -ComputerName (Get-Content -Path C:\test\servers.txt) | Export-Csv -NoTypeInformation -Path “C:\DA8Data_$CurrentDate.csv”

I request you to update the above post by formating the code properly which makes others to easily understand your code, below link will help you.

Hi KV, thanks for the reply.

Let me know if above link is ok. Apologies for inconvenience as I am new to this. Thank you.

Format.ps1xml files are purely for display formatting. The objects in question still retain their original properties, which are what is exported to CSV.

If you want to alter those, I’d recommend using Select-Object, Add-Member, or just building your own custom object with the properties you need. If I understand correctly, the issue is the ordering of the columns? This is an issue because hashtables do not store the order of properties. In PS v3 and up, you can use [ordered] to force the hashtable to be an ordered collection type instead, but there’s a simpler way:

$Obj = [PSCustomObject]@{
    "RAM(GB)"          = $memorysize
    "No.Of Processors" = $numberofprocessors.numberoflogicalprocessors
    "ComputerName"     = $computer
    "Connections"      = $daconnections.totaldaconnections
    "Memory %"         = $mem.memoryusage
    "CPU %"            = $proc.average
$Obj | Export-Csv -Path $FilePath

Thanks Joel, that worked :slight_smile: