LCM failed to retrieve the property PendingJobStep

Hi guys I have encountered a problem that seems to be something that google do not know about yet :slight_smile: hope for your help

I have HelloWorldDSC.ps1 file on my desktop, and trying to run (F5) it from ISE as Administrator.

In response I got following error:

LCM failed to retrieve the property PendingJobStep from the object of class dscInternalCache.

Here is script contents (its just a simple copy paste from getting started resources):

Configuration HelloWorldDSC
    Import-DscResource –ModuleName PSDesiredStateConfiguration
    Node localhost
        File SampleFile {
            Ensure = 'Present'
            DestinationPath = 'C:\HelloWorld.txt'
            Contents = "Hello World!"

        Environment SampleEnvironmentVariable
            Ensure = 'Present'
            Name = 'HelloFromDSC'
            Value = 'Hello World'

Start-DscConfiguration -Wait -Verbose -Path .\HelloWorldDSC

And here is full output:

PS C:\Users\Alexandr\Desktop> C:\Users\Alexandr\Desktop\HelloWorldDSC.ps1

    Directory: C:\Users\Alexandr\Desktop\HelloWorldDSC

Mode                LastWriteTime         Length Name                                                                    
----                -------------         ------ ----                                                                    
-a----       18.11.2015     15:17           2866 localhost.mof                                                           
VERBOSE: Perform operation 'Invoke CimMethod' with following parameters, ''methodName' = SendConfigurationApply,'className
' = MSFT_DSCLocalConfigurationManager,'namespaceName' = root/Microsoft/Windows/DesiredStateConfiguration'.
VERBOSE: An LCM method call arrived from computer MAC with user sid S-1-5-21-1387981107-4004572697-3743767158-1001.
LCM failed to retrieve the property PendingJobStep from the object of class dscInternalCache .
    + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (root/Microsoft/...gurationManager:String) [], CimException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : MI RESULT 6
    + PSComputerName        : localhost
VERBOSE: Operation 'Invoke CimMethod' complete.
VERBOSE: Time taken for configuration job to complete is 0.048 seconds

Just can not understand from where to get started investigating issue, what I also have tried without success is to delete files from C:\Windows\System32\Configuration folder.

Get the DSCDiagnostics module and start a DSC trace. Then, try again - you should get more verbose logging. Also, it’d be helpful to know what versions of everything you’re running.

Unfortunately xDscDiagnostics did not help me to understand what is happening.

After installing it and enabling logs

install-module xdscdiagnostics
Update-xDscEventLogStatus -Channel Analytic -Status Enabled
Update-xDscEventLogStatus -Channel Debug -Status Enabled

and trying to run my script I got following:


ComputerName   SequenceId TimeCreated           Result   JobID                                 AllEvents            
------------   ---------- -----------           ------   -----                                 ---------            
MAC            1          25.11.2015 19:46:23   Success  71012820-939c-11e5-82af-902b343fd6d3  {@{Message=Functio...
MAC            2          25.11.2015 19:46:23   Success                                        {@{Message=; TimeC...

Notice that both last operations are marked as successful

Trace-xDscOperation -SequenceID 2 | select message | fl

Message : Function MSFT_DSCLocalConfigurationManager_Invoke_SendConfigurationApply started with parameters 
                Class name: MSFT_DSCLocalConfigurationManager 
                Method Name: SendConfigurationApply 
                Namespace: root\microsoft\windows\desiredstateconfiguration 

Message : Operation Start-DscConfiguration started by user sid S-1-5-21-1387981107-4004572697-3743767158-1001 from computer MAC.

Sequence 1 just showing me whole bunch of operationals.

BTW versions, here is what host showing:

Name             : Windows PowerShell ISE Host
Version          : 5.0.10586.0
InstanceId       : 6f6ad33a-967e-4fa2-b0ea-4ded208ce0c3
UI               : System.Management.Automation.Internal.Host.InternalHostUserInterface
CurrentCulture   : uk-UA
CurrentUICulture : en-US
PrivateData      : Microsoft.PowerShell.Host.ISE.ISEOptions
DebuggerEnabled  : True
IsRunspacePushed : False
Runspace         : System.Management.Automation.Runspaces.LocalRunspace

I’m not clear on whether you started a trace or not - Start-DSCTrace, I believe?

There is no Start-DSCTrace command available, seems that we are speaking about different DSCTrace modules, can you please provide the one you are talking about?

Here is what is have:

Get-Command -Module xDscDiagnostics

CommandType     Name                                               Version    Source                                                                     
-----------     ----                                               -------    ------                                                                     
Function        Get-xDscOperation                                  2.0        xDscDiagnostics                                                            
Function        Trace-xDscOperation                                2.0        xDscDiagnostics                                                            
Function        Update-xDscEventLogStatus                          2.0        xDscDiagnostics