Creating a WCF Net.TCP Service and Client using PowerShell

I’m currently attending Regis University for my grad degree, and just finished up a networking class. For my final, I chose to explore the Windows Net.TCP Port Sharing Service. I had this glorious vision of translating some C# code to 100% PowerShell code, but eventually gave into the fact that PowerShell doesn’t support reflection, and a bit of the code had to be written in C#.

Ultimately, I also learned that TCP Port sharing is really just a port proxy facilitated by SMSvcHost.exe, and the differentiator, instead of being a port number, is a namespace. Below is the code I used for proof of concept. You may find it useful when testing your own C# code.

$source = '
using System;
using System.ServiceModel;
[ServiceContract] public interface IGreeting
	[OperationContract] string Echo(string s);
public class GreetingService : IGreeting
	public string Echo(string s) { return "You passed the following string: " + s; }
Add-Type -ReferencedAssemblies 'System.ServiceModel.dll' -TypeDefinition $source
$null = [Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.ServiceModel")

# Service
$uri = "net.tcp://localhost:8080"
$binding = New-Object System.ServiceModel.NetTcpBinding
$binding.PortSharingEnabled = $true
$securityMode = New-Object System.ServiceModel.SecurityMode
$binding.Security.Mode = "None"

$sh = New-Object System.ServiceModel.Servicehost([GreetingService],$uri)
$endpoint = $sh.AddServiceEndpoint("IGreeting",$binding,$uri)

# Client
$contractDescription = [System.ServiceModel.Description.ContractDescription]::GetContract([IGreeting])
$serviceEndpoint = New-Object System.ServiceModel.Description.ServiceEndpoint $contractDescription
$factory = New-Object System.ServiceModel.ChannelFactory[IGreeting] $serviceEndpoint
$endpoint = New-Object System.ServiceModel.EndpointAddress($uri)
$factory.Endpoint.Binding = $binding
$factory.Endpoint.Address = $endpoint

$final = $factory.CreateChannel()

Thanks goes to Allan and this user for getting me started with the WCF PowerShell code.

Chrissy is a Cloud and Datacenter Management & Data Platform MVP who has worked in IT for over 20 years. She is the creator of the popular SQL PowerShell module dbatools, holds a master's degree in Systems Engineering and is coauthor of Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches. Chrissy is certified in SQL Server, Linux, SharePoint and network security. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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