A function to retrieve PowerShell default variables from a computer. Defaults to the local machine if -ComputerName is not specified.
        If you run Get-PSVersionVariable without -Export, you will get all variables is returned. With the -Export parameter specified the results will be exported to an XML-file.
    .PARAMETER ComputerName
        The name of the computer to retrieve information from.
        The path to the generated XML-file when -Export is specified. If -Path is not specified to Get-PSVersionVariable -Export, the default naming convention for the generated XML-file is “OS Caption_PSVersion_PSEdition_Variables.xml” (for example Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Technical Preview 5_5.1.14284.1000_Core_Variables.xml).
    .PARAMETER Export
        Switch parameter to specify export to an XML-file rather than returning the results
    Get-PSVersionVariable -Export
        Get-PSVersionVariable -ComputerName HPV-2016TP5 -Export -Verbose
        Get-PSVersionVariable -ComputerName HPV-2016TP5 -Export -Path "~\Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Technical Preview 5_5.1.14284.1000_Core_Variables.xml"

function Get-PSVersionVariable
    $ComputerName = $env:computername,


$Session = New-PSSession -ComputerName $ComputerName

$PSVersionVariableData = Invoke-Command -Session $Session -ScriptBlock {

powershell.exe -NoProfile -Command {Get-Variable | Select-Object -Property Name}


if ($Export) {

$PathInfo = Invoke-Command -Session $Session -ScriptBlock {

if (-not ($PSEdition)) {

$PSEdition = 'Desktop'


($((Get-CimInstance -ClassName win32_operatingsystem).Caption) + '_' + $PSVersionTable.PSVersion.ToString() + '_' + $PSEdition + '_Variables.xml')


if (-not ($Path)) {

$Path = Join-Path -Path '~\Documents\' -ChildPath $PathInfo


Write-Verbose "Path not specified, generated path: $Path"

$PSVersionVariableData | Select-Object -Property Name | Export-Clixml -Path $Path

Write-Verbose "Exported PSVersionVariable data from computer $($ComputerName) to path $Path"

Write-Host "Exported PSVersionVariable data from computer $($ComputerName) to path:"

return $Path

} else {

return $PSVersionVariableData


Remove-PSSession -Session $Session