Windows PowerShell updated your execution policy successfully, but the setting is overridden by a policy defined at a more specific scope

Windows PowerShell updated your execution policy successfully, but the setting is overridden by a policy defined at a more specific scope

While working at a client on a Windows Server 2012R2 environment to create some PowerShell scripts, I had to change the Execution Policy, however running the “Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted” command gave me the following error.

the setting is overridden by a policy defined at a more specific scope

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 RemoteSigned. Type “Get-ExecutionPolicy -List” to view your execution policy settings. For more information please see “Get-Help Set-ExecutionPolicy”.

 

The error can be quite confusing, what I did see first see what are the possible “more specific scopes” I can give to my command. By running the following command:

Get-ExecutionPolicy –List

I was able to see my available scopes.

So now that I have them all, usually to run PowerShell scripts you need to work with the MachinePolicy. So, the command in order to change the MachinePolicy ExecutionPolicy is

Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope MachinePolicy Unrestricted

However, you might have an error saying it can only be done via Group Policy.

“Set-ExecutionPolicy : Cannot set execution policy. Execution policies at the MachinePolicy or UserPolicy scopes mustbe set through Group Policy.

If you get that error, read the resolution in my blog post: Change the PowerShell MachinePolicy Execution Policy in Windows Server 2012R2.

 

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