Message Analyzer Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell

Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

Updated: June 15, 2015

Applies To: Windows 8.1, Windows PowerShell 4.0, Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows PowerShell® is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. This reference topic for the information technology (IT) professional provides assistance in utilizing the Windows PowerShell cmdlets to script and automate tasks.

Message Analyzer Cmdlets

This reference provides cmdlet descriptions and syntax for all Message Analyzer cmdlets that are supported by the Protocol Engineering Framework (PEF). It lists the cmdlets in alphabetical order based on the verb at the beginning of the cmdlet.

You need to be a member of the Message Capture Users Group and the Performance Log Users Group to run Message Analyzer cmdlets.


Cmdlet Description


Adds message sources to a PEF Trace Session.


Adds a provider to a remote Trace Session on a target host.


Creates a PEF action that runs a script block.


Creates a trigger that signals at the specified time.


Creates a trigger that signals when an event log logs an entry.


Creates a trigger that signals when a user presses a key.


Creates a trigger based on detecting a filter match for a specific message in a PEF Trace Session.


Creates a trigger that signals when a process exits.


Creates a target host object for a PEF Live Trace Session.


Creates a trigger that signals after the specified time span.


Creates a PEF Trace Session.


Creates a trigger that signals when a specified Win32 system event is raised.


Saves the data from a PEF Trace Session.


Sets a Trace Filter for a PEF Trace Session.


Starts a PEF Trace Session.


Stops a PEF Live Trace Session.

To list all the cmdlets that are available, use the Get-Command –Module PEF cmdlet.

For more information about, or for the syntax of, any of the cmdlets, use the Get-Help <cmdlet name> cmdlet, where <cmdlet name> is the name of the cmdlet that you want to research. For more detailed information, you can run any of the following cmdlets:

Get-Help <cmdlet name> -Detailed
Get-Help <cmdlet name> -Examples
Get-Help <cmdlet name> -Full

More Information

For more information about Microsoft Message Analyzer and the cmdlets that it supports, see the following documentation: