Safely Running PowerShell Scripts

by Feb 24, 2012

If you want to run a PowerShell script from outside PowerShell, for example from within a batch file, you probably know that you need to prepend powershell.exe to the script path. But that is not enough. Always add these three parameters to launch your script safely:

Powershell.exe noprofile executionpolicy bypass file "pathtoscript.ps1"

-noprofile makes sure that your script runs in a default PowerShell environment and does not load any profile scripts. That does not only speed up script launch, it also prevents profile scripts from changing the environment. After all, you don’t want anyone to change “dir” to “del” before your script runs.

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