Still Deploying PowerShell Scripts Manually?

Note: This post was originally published in the February 2013 TechLetter.

The whole purpose of PowerShell is to automate tasks. So, why are some users still manually deploying scripts? And why are some organizations relying on one or two users to execute critical PowerShell scripts?

The automation of PowerShell scripts is an important step in bringing back-office processes into day-to-day workflows. Defining and scheduling PowerShell jobs in a centralized automation solution means that scripts run in the context of the entire business, not in isolation. They can be run automatically based on a time/date schedule, on a dependency, or on a combination of both. They can also be linked dynamically to processes throughout the enterprise, whether those processes reside on other platforms or on applications, such as ERP systems and BI tools.

Through automation, PowerShell scripts can reach their full potential. Centralized automation of PowerShell addresses issues such as security and auditability as well.

  • Who can run scripts?
  • Who can edit scripts?
  • What variables can be passed to them?
  • When were particular scripts run, and who submitted them?

The enforcement of security standards and the provision of detailed logs prepares PowerShell scripts for enterprise deployment.

JAMS PowerShell Scheduler enables organizations that use PowerShell to leverage scripts in the context of the whole enterprise. It adds cross-platform dependencies, event notifications and security settings essential for broad deployment of mission-critical jobs.