Powershell sequencing

Posted on 2014-03-06
Last Modified: 2014-03-07
Hello All - I have a powershell script that runs fine in the ISE, but when I run it from the right click prompt or a scheduled job, the sequencing is wrong.

What it does is the following:
1) copies template access file to production spot
2) runs a dtsx package to populate the access file - dtsx takes about 45 minutes, results in an access file about a gig in size.
3) zips the access file to a publicly available share with a date time name - resulting in about a 300 meg zip file.
4) deletes any zip files older than 3 days.

When I run it in the ISE, from the (RDP) console, it runs perfectly. 1 2 3 4 boom done.
When I run it by right-clicking and selecting "Run with Powershell", the sequencing is off, it runs 1 3 2 4.  The same happens when I run it from a scheduled task.

What gives?

Here is the script:


# Allow script to read / write / execute
Set-ExecutionPolicy UnRestricted

# Copy template db to build spot
set-location "DiskLocation:\Templates"
if (@(get-childitem).count -gt 0)
    {Copy-Item "DiskLocation:\Templates\empty.mdb" "DiskLocation:\Production\Workarea\workingfile.mdb"}
   {"No files found."}

# Run dtsx package to populate archive

# Run DTExec
$pinfo = New-Object System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo
$pinfo.FileName = "DiskLocation:\PathTo\DTExec.exe"
$pinfo.FileName  # Output the DTExec path and filename
$DTExecArgs = "/f ""DiskLocation:\DTSXStore\createAccess.dtsx"""
$DTExecArgs      # Output the DTExecArgs variable

# The next few lines are required to make sure the process waits for
# the package execution to finish - Not sure if this helps
$pinfo.RedirectStandardOutput = $true
$pinfo.UseShellExecute = $false
$pinfo.Arguments = $DTExecArgs
$p = New-Object System.Diagnostics.Process
$p.StartInfo = $pinfo
$p.Start() | Out-Null
$output = $p.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd()
$DTExecExitCode = $p.ExitCode
# DTExec Finished

# set date for zip file
$Datestr = get-date -format "yyyyMMdd"
# add Copy-ToZip module for zipping easy
Import-Module PowershellPack
# zip file
Copy-ToZip -File "DiskLocation:\Production\Workarea\workingfile.mdb" -ZipFile "DiskLocation:\PublicShare\workingfile_$" -Force
# Delete files older than 3 days
$limit = (Get-Date).AddDays(-3)
$path = "DiskLocation:\PublicShare"
Get-ChildItem -Path $path -Recurse -Force -exclude *.config | Where-Object { !$_.PSIsContainer -and $_.CreationTime -lt $limit } | Remove-Item -Force
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ID: 39910022
This comment is wrong:
# Allow script to read / write / execute
Set-ExecutionPolicy UnRestricted

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The command allows to execute scripts from any source and location, with no need to have it digitally signed. You should not set it to Unrestricted, use RemoteSigned instead, so downloaded scripts do not work without further work. That prevents trojan code to run without you knowing.

The difference between the powershell and ISE is that the latter runs in STA (single threaded appartment), which means no multi-threading. ISE will hence wait for results when powershell does not. Obviously your waiting for dtsexec to finish does not work. I'll have to think more about that part ...
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Expert Comment

by:Dan Craciun
ID: 39910053
Brute-force approach:
Start-Sleep -s 3600

Just have the script wait for on hour before going to step 3.

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Accepted Solution

David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
ID: 39910510
powershell -sta scriptname.ps1   -- this forces single threading mode

Other command line options are located

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39911948
Thanks Dave - This did the trick.  This seems like something that would be mentioned fairly prominently in the documentation, but maybe I missed it.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39912050
http:#a39910022 explains why that makes a difference.

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