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Powershell script output empty values from second scheduled run

Communicator

Hi All,

I have a strange behavior with a scheduled Powershell script.
The .ps1 script simply execute in a Try Catch statement:

Get-ADUser -Properties * - Filter * | Select-Object AccountExpirationDate, AccountExpires, @{L = "AuthenticationPolicy; E = {$_.AuthenticationPolicy -join";"}} etc.. for all the requested objects

Note: The Hash Table is needed to avoid having System.Object[] for some fields, as described at the following link:

https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2144503-how-to-get-everything-and-i-mean-everything-about-you...

The problem is the following:

  1. Once the script is deployed from the Deployment server to the Splunk universal forwarder, it runs and correctly generates the output without empty fields
  2. At the first scheduled attempt (and for the next ones), the script runs but generates an output containing most of all the fields, but the majority of them are empty. The only one with values are: DistinguishedName, GivenName, Name, ObjectGuid, SamAccountName, SID, UserPrincipalName, PropertyCount
  3. If the script is deployed again from the Deployment server to the Splunk universal forwarder, it runs and correctly generates the output without empty fields

for info here the inputs.conf

[powershell://myscriptedinput]
script = . "$SplunkHome\etc\apps\myapp\bin\myscript.ps1"
index = myindex
sourcetype = mysourcetype
schedule = 0 6 * * *
disabled = 0

Do you have any idea why this could happen?

Thanks a lot,
Edoardo

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Re: Powershell script output empty values from second scheduled run

Communicator

For your info, I didn't came up with a solution on Powershell that's why we have re-written the script in VBScript and it is working properly.
I will leave the answer open just to see if someone encountering the same issue has been able to solve it.

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Re: Powershell script output empty values from second scheduled run

Motivator

I have the same problem using Get-ADObject and Get-ADComputer. I can't figure it out for the life of me.

In case this helps, official Splunk documentation says that PowerShell scripts must run as system (which is not what we're doing). However, I don't believe system has AD privileges.

https://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/latest/Data/MonitorWindowsDatawithPowerShellscripts

Splunk Enterprise must run on Windows.
Splunk Enterprise must run as the Local System user to run all PowerShell scripts.
PowerShell v3.0 or later must be installed on the host.
Microsoft .NET version 4.5 or later must be installed on the host.
Cheers,
Jacob
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