Can I get detailed exception stacktrace in PowerShell? – Stack Overflow

There is a function up on the PowerShell Team blog called Resolve-Error which will get you all kinds of detailsNote that $error is an array of all the errors you have encountered in your PSSession. This function will give you details on the last error you encountered.

function Resolve-Error ($ErrorRecord=$Error[0])
$ErrorRecord | Format-List * -Force
$ErrorRecord.InvocationInfo |Format-List *
$Exception = $ErrorRecord.Exception
for ($i = 0; $Exception; $i++, ($Exception = $Exception.InnerException))
{ "$i" * 80
$Exception |Format-List * -Force

Source: Can I get detailed exception stacktrace in PowerShell? – Stack Overflow

Powershell Generic Invoke-RestMethod / WebRequest error handler


#generic Invoke-RestMethod / WebRequest error handler
function Failure {
$global:helpme = $body
$global:helpmoref = $moref
$global:result = $_.Exception.Response.GetResponseStream()
$global:reader = New-Object System.IO.StreamReader($global:result)
$global:responseBody = $global:reader.ReadToEnd();
Write-Host -BackgroundColor:Black -ForegroundColor:Red "Status: A system exception was caught."
Write-Host -BackgroundColor:Black -ForegroundColor:Red $global:responsebody
Write-Host -BackgroundColor:Black -ForegroundColor:Red "The request body has been saved to `$global:helpme"

Then, wrap all of your Invoke-RestMethod calls in a try Catch block like this.

try { 
  $e = Invoke-WebRequest '$id' `
     -Headers  @{ Authorization = "bearer:$token" } `
     -Body  ( @{ phone = "7709746046" } | ConvertTo-Json ) `
     -Method Put -ErrorAction:Stop -ContentType 'application/json' 
catch {Failure}

Now when you run into an error, you can see the actual message, like this

> Status: A system exception was caught.
{"status":{"error":true,"code":400,"type":"bad request","message":{"description":"notes is not a valid attribute for user model","attribute":"notes"}}}
The request body has been saved to $global:helpme

Windows PowerShell concatenate and escape multi-line string

$x = @"
"Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English); "now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!"

Source: Windows PowerShell Tip: Using Windows PowerShell “Here-Strings”