Execute PowerShell Script as External Executable

  • 29 December 2022
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Execute PowerShell Script as External Executable
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Released in TimeXtender 6024.1

This article describes how to create, edit and execute a PowerShell Power as an external executable, as well as how to add this executable in an execution package, to allow for a scheduled execution of the PowerShell script. It also covers required permissions for the execution of the script.


Check and Update the PowerShell Execution Policies in order to ensure that the user executing the script has adequate permissions on the machine running TimeXtender.

Get current Execution Policy


Set current Execution Policy 

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Install the Azure Az PowerShell module | Microsoft Docs

Install-Module -Name Az -Scope CurrentUser -Repository PSGallery -Force

Sign Into Azure using Connect-AzAccount


Install SqlServer module - modules need to be installed for the User that is running the script. This is typically both developers writing the script and the TimeXtender Execution Service user. For the latter, run PowerShell as the TimeXtender Execution Service user, and then run the following:

Install-Module SqlServer -Scope CurrentUser -AllowClobber

Creating and Executing a PowerShell Executable

  1. Expand the data warehouse and the underlying data area, and open up the execution pane.
  2. Right click on the "External Executables" folder and select "Add Execute PowerShell Script Step"
  3. Add a PowerShell script.
  4. Click execute in the top right corner, a message will displayed in the results pane, which will indicate if the script was executed successfully or results in an error. This script executes successfully. 
  5. After creating the PowerShell executable, try to execute it. 
  6. In SSMS you can see the SSAS database has been updated. 


Editing the script

The script can be edited by right clicking on the external executable and selecting edit. 


The Timeout setting can also be changed for the script. If this is set to 0, the timeout is infinite.

Adding the external executable to a Execution Package

In order to add the external executable to a execution package. Add or edit an execution package and then drag the external executable to the "Include Steps" section.

Example Scripts

Process Analysis Services Database

Invoke-ProcessASDatabase `     
-Server "localhost" `
-DatabaseName "SalesOnPrem" `
-RefreshType "Full"

This example runs the Invoke-ProcessASDatabase command, and processes a SSAS database. The use case for this could be that a SSAS database has been developed outside TimeXtender, and it would be useful to be able to process this database on a scheduled basis using TimeXtender, without having to rebuild the SSAS database as a semantic model within TimeXtender. Other commands could also be used such as Invoke-ProcessDimension to process a tabular table, Invoke-ProcessPartition to process a partition, Backup-ASDatabase to backup a tabular database, Add-RoleMember to add a member to Tabular roles, etc. Please note that in the script above, the accent character (`) is used to denote a new line. 

Process a Single table in an Azure Analysis Services Tabular model

$secpasswd = ConvertTo-SecureString "***Pass***" -AsPlainText -Force; `
$mycreds = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential ('****UID****’, $secpasswd); `
Invoke-ProcessTable -TableName "<tablename>" -Database "<DatabaseName>"  `
-RefreshType Full   -Server "asazure://centralus.asazure.windows.net/<AS_serverName>" `
-Credential $mycreds

Scale Up Azure SQL Db

Set-AzSqlDatabase `    
-ResourceGroupName <ResourceGroupName> `  
-ServerName <ServerName> `  
-DatabaseName <DB Name> `  
-Edition "Premium" `   
-RequestedServiceObjectiveName "P1"

Scale down azure SQL Db

Set-AzSqlDatabase `    
-ResourceGroupName <ResourceGroupName> `  
-ServerName <ServerName>`  
-DatabaseName <DB Name> `  
-Edition "Basic"


Pause PBI Embedded

Suspend-AzPowerBIEmbeddedCapacity `    
-Name "<ResourceName>" `  
-ResourceGroupName "JTDemo" `   

Change and Overwrite Roles in a SSAS database 

Execute an XMLA script via PowerShell, for example to implement row level security based on CUSTOMDATA(). 

  • Go to the properties of the SSAS role in SSMS
  • Under Row Filters, create the desired DAX filter on the table based on CUSTOMDATA()
  • Script the Role as "CREATE OR REPLACE To" in order to generate the XMLA script. 
  • Save the script in a .xmla file.

  • Use the following PowerShell script to execute the XMLA script.

Import-Module SQLPS -DisableNameChecking `
sqlserver: `
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.AnalysisServices") `
$serverAS = New-Object Microsoft.AnalysisServices.Server `
$serverAS.connect("localhost") `
$db = $serverAS.databases["SalesModel"] `
Invoke-ASCmd -InputFile:"C:\Users\ChristianHauggaard\Desktop\XMLAChangeRole.xmla"

End-to-End Scheduling

In order to execute ODX transfers where you are using Azure Data Factory, as well as execution packages within Data Areas and Semantic Models, as part of the same scheduled job, then add the following script as a PowerShell executable. Keep in mind that variables ($TriggerJobsInOrder, $ApiKey, $OcpApimSubscriptionKey and $BaseUrl) need to be changed for your environment. Please see the below video for more details,

$TriggerJobsInOrder = "JOB NAME"
$PollInterval = 2500

$ApiKey = "XXXXXXXX"
$OcpApimSubscriptionKey = "XXXXXXXXX"

$headers = New-Object "System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary[[String], [String]]"
$headers.Add("ApiKey", $ApiKey)
$headers.Add("Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key", $OcpApimSubscriptionKey)

$JobIds = Invoke-RestMethod "$BaseUrl/jobs" -Method "GET" -Headers $headers

foreach ($JobNameToTrigger in $TriggerJobsInOrder) {

"Current job: '$JobNameToTrigger'"

$JobId = $($JobIds | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq $JobNameToTrigger }).id

# verify job is not running
$response = Invoke-RestMethod "$BaseUrl/jobs/$JobId/status" -Method 'GET' -Headers $headers

if ($response.Status -ne 0) {

"Job '$JobNameToTrigger' already running; waiting for current execution to finish. Will not trigger again."

else {

# trigger execution
$TriggeredJob = Invoke-RestMethod "$BaseUrl/jobs/$JobId/execute" -Method 'POST' -Headers $headers


do {

Start-Sleep -Milliseconds $PollInterval
$response = Invoke-RestMethod "$BaseUrl/jobs/$JobId/status" -Method 'GET' -Headers $headers

} while

$response.Status -ne 0


"Execution of '$JobNameToTrigger' finished."



Permissions Error

If an error message similar to the following is returned when executing the script, ensure that the user running the script has adequate permissions, as referred to in the prerequisites above.

Error: C:\Users\ChristianHauggaard\AppData\Local\Temp\3cd3f25b-81c8-4acc-a386-9aa6b2218842.ps1 : File 
C:\Users\ChristianHauggaard\AppData\Local\Temp\3cd3f25b-81c8-4acc-a386-9aa6b2218842.ps1 cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system. For more information, see about_Execution_Policies at 
At line:1 char:1
+ C:\Users\ChristianHauggaard\AppData\Local\Temp\3cd3f25b-81c8-4acc-a38 ...
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : SecurityError: (:) [], PSSecurityException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : UnauthorizedAccess

Missing Module Error

If an error message similar to the following is returned when executing the script, ensure that the user running the script has installed the required module, as referred to in the prerequisites above. In this case, the 'Invoke-ProcessASDatabase' cmdlet is part of the SqlServer module which must be installed for the user running the script.

Error: -'Invoke-ProcessASDatabase : The term 'Invoke-ProcessASDatabase' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

Database does not Exist Error

If an error message similar to the following is returned when executing the script, ensure that the user running the script has permissions on the database. In this case, the user must be given permissions for the Analysis Services database. In SSMS, right-click on the Analysis Services Server and select Properties. Add the user running the script, under Security.

Error: Invoke-ProcessASDatabase : The 'SalesOnPrem' database does not exist on the server.

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Please could you Tag this article (all KB articles) with the relevant version of TX/ODX as appropriate - I thought for a moment I could do this in v20.10.26 (or even up to .39).

Sadly I have only;

Tagging could make searches more useful too.  Thanks.


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@jon.catt Thank you for your feedback. We’ve added a note of the top of the article now to clarify when features were released


Furthermore, we have linked the new features released in each version (from 6024.1 and later) to the relevant KB articles.


The KB articles in this new community will always strive to be up-to-date and aligned with the latest version (i.e. currently 6117.1).


For information regarding v20.10 and legacy documentation please go to https://legacysupport.timextender.com/hc/en-us/ as described in this article 


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This is very useful. Right now we are scaling our Azure SQL database via a Post Execute script that fires when an empty dummy table is executed. This new method makes more sense.
But I don't think you actually dragged the external executable to the execution package?

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@RLB thanks for pointing this out, I have corrected the screenshots now

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Very interesting article @Christian Hauggaard 

Is it possible to use this technic to refresh a PBI dataset?

If yes, can you share an example?

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@rvgfox ChatGPT can be used as a starting point to create PowerShell scripts. I have attached the response from ChatGPT. Please note I have not tested this script, and it may require some debugging. 


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I will test it, thanks @Christian Hauggaard 

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I found this a few days ago, also untested: https://github.com/Azure-Samples/powerbi-powershell/blob/master/manageRefresh.ps1