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By default in server 2012 running scripts in Powershell is disabled. This is done for security reasons.

Launch Powershell and put in the following command:

The available options are:

  • Restricted – No scripts can be run. Windows PowerShell can be used only in interactive mode. Default setting on new installs.
  • AllSigned – Only scripts signed by a trusted publisher can be run. This means if you write a local script it needs to be signed.
  • RemoteSigned – Downloaded scripts must be signed by a trusted publisher before they can be run. Local scripts can run unsigned.
  • Unrestricted – No restrictions; all Windows PowerShell scripts can be run. “The Easy Button”.

I prefer the RemoteSigned option. This keeps my server moderately safe and doesn’t cause headaches when I create a local script. Read more on Microsoft’s TechNet Article for Set-ExecutionPolicy

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