There is no mechanism for Signing powershell MID Server Script Files (ecc_agent_script_file), and these are used by several out-of-box activities included in Orchestration Activity Packs, and powershell based activities in other out-of-box Orchestration workflows.

These scripts need to be allow to run "Unrestricted" execution policy to work currently.

Some customers have policies that have this as a requirement, e.g. Defense Information Security Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guidelines (STIG) suggest that all Powershell scripts should be Signed.

If an "AllSigned" or "remotesigned" policy is enforced on servers automatically, then these activities will fail to run, with an error like:
Error encountered when invoking PowerShell, the result from running '"C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe"...

A Microsoft SCCM Server will have "remotesigned" execution policy by default, and need that policy made less secure to run Client Software Distribution workflows.

This affects at least:
Client Software Distribution
Orchestration add-on for Password Reset
Active Directory activity pack
Azure AD activity pack
Exchange activity pack
PowerShell activity pack
SCCM activity pack - our docs state "The Windows PowerShell x86 execution policy must be set to unrestricted mode."

Steps to Reproduce

  1. Set powershell execution policy to AllSigned or RemoteSigned on the MID Server host
  2. Attempt to run any powershell activity on it


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The only workaround is to set the powershell execution policy to "Unrestricted". 

Related Problem: PRB1349797

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SR - IRM - SIG Assessment Legacy - Madrid 2019 Q1
SR - IRM - Vendor Risk Management - Madrid 2019 Q1
SR - ITOM - Discovery and Service Mapping - v1.0.35
SR - ITOM - Fundamentals Istanbul Jakarta Kingston r1 - v5.99.6
SR - Security - Integration Framework - Madrid 2019 Q2
SR - Security - Support Common - Madrid 2019 Q2
SR - Security - Support Orchestration - Madrid 2019 Q2
SR - SIR - Security Incident Response - Madrid 2019 Q2
SR - SIR - Security Incident Response PA Content - New York 2019 Q3
SR - SIR - Store SecOps Setup Assistant - Madrid 2019 Q2
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SR - SIR - Store Trusted Security Circles Client - New York 2019 Q3
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SR - VR - Vulnerability Response - New York 2019 Q3
SR - VR - Vulnerability Response PA Content - Madrid 2019 Q2

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Last Updated:2020-10-27 16:16:06