I want to enable a specific non admin user to use PowerShell extensions without giving them admin privileges.

So far, according to the PowerShell ISE Security Documentation, I have given all the necessary permissions to that user to following items in Core database:

\content\Applications\PowerShell and all its descendants and also to \content\Applications\Content Editor\Context Menues\Default and all its descendants.

However, when that user click on PowershellIse, he gets logged out and is unable to use it.

My question is that what permissions do I need to set, apart from what I already have and is it possible at all to access and use PowershellIse for non-admin users?


First I recommend you not allow the user to click the PowerShell ISE and Console shortcuts. Those are interfaces designed for a Developer or Admin.

As noted in the book, the Script menu is allowed for users not associated with the sitecore\Sitecore Limited Content Editor since a deny read is set.

Visible by Default

Ribbon commands are visible after you run the integration sync found in the ISE. See this page for more details.

You can configure rules on the script item to alter visibility and enabled state. In the script you'll want to add in a UserSwitcher to provide the necessary elevated privileges.

$elevatedUser= Get-User -Identity "sitecore\ElevatedUser"

New-UsingBlock (New-Object Sitecore.Security.Accounts.UserSwitcher $elevatedUser) {
    # Run commands that required the elevated access.
  • Thanks Michael for letting me know! I will surely try that and will let you know! Thanks again :) Dec 7 '17 at 14:54
  • Michael, would giving a user the Developer role also work? Dec 8 '17 at 12:48
  • Yes, Developers should see all the interfaces. Dec 8 '17 at 13:28
  • @MichaelWest - Thank you so much! This is exactly what I wanted. Thanks again!! Dec 8 '17 at 14:27

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