I have a Powershell Script which install and updates Software via the Windows Package Manager Chocolatey.

If I execute my PS-Script as a user, everything is fine. So there has to be another issue like an restricting Execution Policy (this is set to unrestricted via GPO).

How do I get the Output of the Powershell? I am using Start-Transcript but I cannot find the output file anywhere and if I specify the path it doesn't create the log file...

The Powershell-Script executes during startup as machine GPO.

Are there other options to debug, I havent thought of?

  • Where you output it ? I suggest the temp folder to prevent access error – yagmoth555 Jun 16 '17 at 11:42
  • C:\output.txt I thought of an access error, but Powershell scripts executed by machine GPO should have local administrator privileges or am I wrong? – frankhammer Jun 16 '17 at 11:43
  • It would be, but I wanted to be sure its not in a share access the log. Does your new gpo run? gpresult /h:t.htm – yagmoth555 Jun 16 '17 at 12:47
  • Yes it does. I think it is an issue with chocolatey running under the local system account. So getting the output Is the goal I think. – frankhammer Jun 16 '17 at 14:40
  • maybe create a new test gpo, create a .bat that will start your powershell command with the output to text in the .bat (./ps.ps1 >>c:\test.txt) You will see the error powershell might give – yagmoth555 Jun 16 '17 at 16:19

Problem was very stupid... I had added the Powershell Script in the Scripts Section not in the Powershell Scripts Section while in the Properties of Startup-Scripts...

I found out, that Start-Transcript does not create a logfile when executed as SYSTEM-Account (during Startup). You have to specify a path, then it creates the logfile. Sorry and thank you for your help.


Start-Transcript -Path "$($env:windir)\Temp\Logon.txt" -Force

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  • This doesn't look helpful at all, but OP didn't specify his not working code, so this would be a working example, neverless. – bjoster Apr 23 at 11:22

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