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If you set the Turn on Script Execution Group Policy setting to Allow all Scripts, the sqlps utility fails to run, and you receive the following error message:

Microsoft (R) SQL Server (R) PowerShell
Version 11.0.5058.0
Copyright (c) 2012 Microsoft. All rights reserved.

set-executionpolicy : Windows PowerShell updated your execution policy successfully, but the setting is overridden by a policy defined at a more specific scope. Due to the override, your shell will retain its current effective execution policy of "Unrestricted". Type "Get-ExecutionPolicy -List" to view your execution policy settings. For more information, please see "Get-Help Set-ExecutionPolicy."

At line:1 char:20
+ set-executionpolicy <<<< RemoteSigned -scope process -Force
+ CategoryInfo : PermissionDenied: (:) [Set-ExecutionPolicy], SecurityException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : ExecutionPolicyOverride,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.SetExecutionPolicyCommand

Additionally, the syspolicy_purge_history job fails.

Note The Turn on Script Execution Group Policy setting can be configured in the following location in the Group Policy Management Console:

Administrative Templates\Classic Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows PowerShell


This issue is fixed in the following cumulative updates of SQL Server:

Cumulative Update 3 for SQL Server 2016 SP1

Cumulative update 9 for SQL Server 2014 SP1

Cumulative update 3 for SQL Server 2014 SP2

Cumulative Update 4 for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


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