Running PowerShell scripts is significantly different from batch files and normal exe files.
Search for PowerShell in the start menu, then right click and run as admin.
Enter your username and password (or user your Piv Certificate) like normal.
You will then have PowerShell running as admin.
You can navigate around the file system and find the script you want to run with 2 commands
would change the current directory to c:\temp
UNC paths are also supported
will also work.
One thing to note is that if the path has spaces or special characters PowerShell may try to interpret the path instead or just using it. You can enclose the path in single quotes ( ‘ ) to ensure that PowerShell only uses it as a path.
ls will list the files and folders in the current working directory
PS C:\temp> ls Directory: C:\temp Mode LastWriteTime Length Name —- ————- —— —- -a— 1/21/2015 12:35 PM 317314 53440-042-0024.pdf -a— 1/21/2015 12:34 PM 519521 53440-112-0045.pdf -a— 1/21/2015 12:57 PM 12375 CertReport.csv -a— 1/21/2015 2:37 PM 49965 OpenPowershell.jpg -a— 1/21/2015 12:41 PM 61343 test.sv -a— 1/21/2015 10:29 AM 929 test.txt
Setting your execution policy
By default PowerShell will not allow you to run scripts. so you need to set your execution policy to allow for this.
Run “Set-ExecutionPolicy unrestricted ” then Y to accept the change. PS C:\> Set-ExecutionPolicy unrestricted Execution Policy Change The execution policy helps protect you from scripts that you do not trust. Changing the execution policy might expose you to the security risks described in the about_Execution_Policies help topic. Do you want to change the execution policy? [Y] Yes [N] No [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is “Y”): y PS C:\>
Running a PowerShell script
once you have to location of your script and have changed your working directory (cd) to the location you can run it by.
PS C:\temp> .\Myscript.ps1
And any augments or switches you may want to use
PS C:\temp> .\Myscript.ps1 -Myswitch -MyAugument “yeah”
Microsoft has a lot of great documentation for PowerShell
Specificly the Scripting guy! blog
if you want a general into to PowerShell I would recommend this tutorial