SCO2012: Getting detailed PowerShell Error information in Run .Net Activity


When using PowerShell in script activity, the error message can be very hard to read, since it only outputs the error message and not the additional information about the error.

To make this better, you can use the following method:

  • Set your error action preference to stop.

I always do this in orchestrator to make sure the activity stops on all errors (except the ones i choose).

  • Insert a trap in top of your script

Or you can choose to use try/catch instead

This will make your error output similar to this:

which contains all information about the error!

By | 2013-07-10T15:25:18+00:00 July 10th, 2013|Automation|2 Comments

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Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

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Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen is a Microsoft Cloud and Data Center Management MVP (, Working as Global Lead Developer, Senior Consultant and Trainer at CTGlobal, where he is one of the driving forces in keeping CTGlobal a System Center Gold Partner and member of the System Center Alliance.

Since he started at Coretech in 2007, he has focused on Scripting and Development, primarily developing tools, extensions and scripts for the System Center Suite. His main area is Automation (including OMS/Azure Automation, Service Management Automation, PowerShell and Orchestrator). Another area is Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack, where he does implementation, development, workshops and presentations. He is a world-wide renowned voice in the Automation field.

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  1. Joe Camp October 8, 2015 at 14:03 - Reply

    Just a quick note of thanks, this is the most elegant way to report errors via .net activities in Orchestrator. Nice post.

  2. Jim February 13, 2018 at 1:19 - Reply

    Agreed, this is a significant improvement over the out of box message. What would make this truly elegant would be to be able to capture the script that was executed. This is especially helpfull when there are a number of data bus subscriptions in the PowerShell.

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