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Assistance with PowerShell Scripting - Windows Scheduled Tasks

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Brad Sims, CCNAFlag for United States of America asked on
Windows OSPowershellWindows 10
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I am trying to get PowerShell to run a Scheduled Task if it exists, or create a scheduled task if it doesn't.  I have verified the locations of the files and that the computer names are online and reachable (I have one here at my desk as a test).  The script looks like it runs, and I don't get any errors, but the task isn't created on the remote machine like it should be.  

Did I miss something simple?  Or is my code just wrong.  I am still trying to learn PowerShell, so either scenario is very possible.

$computers = Get-Content -Path C:\Users\****\Desktop\Computers.txt

$taskname = "McAfee Agent Update"
$taskdescription = "Update McAfee Agent Using Service Account"
$action = New-ScheduledTaskAction -Execute '\\share\McAfee.bat' `
  -Argument '-NoProfile -WindowStyle Hidden -command "& Restart-Service -displayname \"McUpdates\""'

foreach ($computer in $computers) {

$taskexists = Get-ScheduledTask | Where-Object {$_.TaskName -like $taskname }

if($taskexists) {

Start-ScheduledTask -TaskName $taskname

} else {

$ts = New-TimeSpan -Days 0 -Hours 0 -Minutes 1
$trigger =  New-ScheduledTaskTrigger -Once -At ((Get-Date) + $ts) 
$settings = New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet -ExecutionTimeLimit (New-TimeSpan -Minutes 2) -RestartCount 3 -RestartInterval (New-TimeSpan -Minutes 1)

Register-ScheduledTask -Action $action -Trigger $trigger -TaskName $taskname -Description $taskdescription -Settings $settings -User "System"


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