Run Powershell activity

The Run PowerShell activity executes Windows PowerShell commands on a MID Server.

Result Values

The workflow designer can assign a result value using activity.result from within a script field of the activity. By default, the success or failure of the PowerShell commands used determines the result value of the Run PowerShell activity. Possible result values are:
  • Success
  • Failure

Scratchpad Entries

Information written to stdout by the executing script is captured and returned to the activity in the activity.output variable. This information can be parsed, processed, or saved (to a scratchpad variable, for example) for future processing in the activity’s sensor script.

An example would be to run the get-date command to get the MID Server’s current time. This sensor script saves the full output received, but we can process it to return and save only the time.
Figure 1. RBA Powershell Activity
Note: This is an over-simplified example. In most cases, the script operates against some remote Windows computer. However, the principal is the same – whatever is written to stdout is returned in activity.output and available to process.

Input Variables

Table 1. Input Variables
Field Description
Hostname IP address of the target Windows machine. This value is mapped to the $computer variable for use in commands (see the example in the Command field). A PowerShell credential variable called $cred that is based on information in the ServiceNow Credentials table will authenticate on the computer pointed to by Hostname.
Command Enter the PowerShell command to run. For example, to execute a simple WMI query against a remote machine pointed to by the hostname variable, the command is:
get-wmiobject <class> -computer $computer -credential $cred

If no credentials authenticate on the computer, the command runs in the context of the MID Server user.

You cannot run both a command and a script file. Specifying a command hides the Script file variable.

Sensor script The script to run using the results of the probe. The output from the probe is contained in a variable called output. Any error from the probe is contained in a variable called error.
Script file The MID Server script file to run. You cannot run both a script file and a command. Selecting a script file hides the Command variable.
PowerShell script variables Additional parameters, in JSON format, used by the specified script file.


The activity state tells the workflow engine what to do with the activity.
Table 2. States
State Description
Executing The workflow engine knows to start the onExecute function of the activity.
Finished The activity finished running. See the result value for the outcome of the activity.
Cancelled This activity, or the workflow that contains this activty, was cancelled.


Add workflow variables for the command line using the normal workflow variable syntax. In the example above, if the <class> was in a workflow input variable called myclass, the command would look like:
get-wmiobject $ {workflow. inputs. myclass } -computer $computer –credential $cred
Similarly  if the variable  is a scratchpad variable named myclass , the command would look like :
get -wmiobject $ {workflow. scratchpad. myclass } -computer $computer –credential $cred