When running PowerShell scripts through EC-PowerShell script you can execute the methods
runPowerShellBroadcast, but these two procedures only offer the parameters:
- Path to a PowerShell file > Execute a PowerShell script, but doesn´t accept parameters.
- Command > PowerShell commands to be executed.
How can we execute an existing PowerShell script that accepts parameters
We can define a PowerShell script using the parameter “command” with an instruction similar to:
Invoke-Expression 'c:\yourPs1Path\yourPs1File.ps1 "yourParam"'
In our example, we want to execute a PowerShell script located in the path
C:\powerShell Examples\example 2.ps1, passing down a parameter defined in our pipeline parameter section called “test”
We have to consider that PowerShell command
Invoke-Expression doesn´t work properly with paths that contain spaces, so you will need to use the short path of the folder that contains the ps1 file.
To get this, you can create in the folder that contains the ps1 file, the file
shortNamePath.cmd and add the content:
@ECHO OFF if '%1'=='' (%0 .) else echo %~s1
You can download the file shortNamePath.cmd here
If you run this command inside a folder it will return the short path of this folder.
You can also use it passing as a parameter the path you want to know the short path and it will return it.
C:\powerShell Examples> shortNamePath.cmd C:\POWERS~1 C:\powerShell Examples>shortNamePath.cmd "c:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared" c:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\MICROS~1
Once in this folder, if your ps1 file name contains spaces, you can find the short file name using
C:\powerShell Examples>dir /x Volume in drive C is Windows 2016 Volume Serial Number is 26DF-55D2 Directory of C:\powerShell Examples 05/06/2020 01:47 PM <DIR> . 05/06/2020 01:47 PM <DIR> .. 05/06/2020 12:14 PM 42 EXAMPL~1.PS1 example 2.ps1 05/06/2020 12:14 PM 42 example.ps1 05/06/2020 01:14 PM 106 launcher.ps1 05/06/2020 12:16 PM 34 ps.bat 05/06/2020 01:49 PM 44 SHORTN~1.CMD shortNamePath.cmd 5 File(s) 268 bytes 2 Dir(s) 49,624,276,992 bytes free
So, in our case, if we want to run the PowerShell file
C:\powerShell Examples\example 2.ps1passing the pipeline parameter “test” value as parameter, we would need to define the command as:
Invoke-Expression 'C:\powers~1\EXAMPL~1.PS1 "$[/myPipelineRuntime/test]"'
In case that after running your script you receive an issue similar to:
File X:\job_5788_20200506140332\temp5ed4ce5b-8fa2-11ea-8ba1-080027ddb162.ps1 cannot be loaded. The file X:\job_5788_20200506140332\temp5ed4ce5b-8fa2-11ea-8ba1-080027ddb162.ps1 is not digitally signed. You cannot run this script on the current system. For more information about running scripts and setting execution policy, see about_Execution_Policies at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=135170. + CategoryInfo : SecurityError: (:) , ParentContainsErrorRecordException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : UnauthorizedAccess
AuthorizationManager check failed. + CategoryInfo : SecurityError: (:) , ParentContainsErrorRecordException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : UnauthorizedAccess
This is due to you are executing this command through a file generated in the workspace folder (in our example the workspace path is
As this is a network folder, we will need to add it as a trusted site in the Internet Properties in the Agent that execute this ps1 file.
You can open the Internet Properties running
inetcpl.cpl > Security > Trusted Sites > Sites and add your workspace network path: