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Call Powershell script from within another

Call Powershell script from within another

Call Powershell script from within another

I have a Powershell script that users manually run to create new users. It prompts the user for values for name, phone number etc. It works without issue.

I have a CSV file of several hundred new users. One option is to manually run the current script and manually enter all values but that would take considerable time.

Is it possible to create a new script that imports the CSV, assigns values from the CSV, calls the original script and inputs them into specific fields?

For example, the original script has line saying:

CODE --> Powershell

$LOGONALIAS = Read-Host "What is the users USERNAME?" 
where the user would normally manually type the new user's username.

I've previously used Powershell scripts to import CSV files using a command such as:

CODE --> Powershell

import-csv C:\CSVFile.csv | foreach {
	$DistGroupName =  $_.CSVColumnName
        etc etc etc 

My CSV file has a column called ID so I'd like to import that and use it for the variable that is in the existing script as $LOGONALIAS (as above). There would obviously be other values for first name, surname etc.

Is such a thing possible? If so, how?

RE: Call Powershell script from within another

You can call the script from within a different one, but I wonder how you are going to pass the values from the csv file into the second script. I've never tried it (I'm still pretty new to Powershell).

You should be able to call the second script like this (assuming it's in the same directory and named Create_User.ps1):
. .\Create_User.ps1
^There is a space here

What I have done is something like this:
Copy your script, make the script a function, include the script, then call the function.

Here is an example
If your current Create_User.ps1 script looks like this


$LOGONALIAS = Read-Host "What is the users USERNAME?"
# The rest of your current script with more user input requests 

You'd need to do something like this
Main script


. .\Create_User.ps1
import-csv C:\CSVFile.csv | foreach {
	$DistGroupName =  $_.CSVColumnName
        $LOGONALIAS = $_.ID
        etc etc etc 
Fcn_Create_User $DistGroupName $LOGONALIAS $etc1 $etc2 $etc3 

Then your Create_User.ps1 would basically need to be encapsulated into a function with the user prompts removed


function Fcn_Create_User{
     #$LOGONALIAS = Read-Host "What is the users USERNAME?"
     # the rest of your current script goes here minus the user prompts (which can just be commented out; like previous line

Hope this helps.

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RE: Call Powershell script from within another

Like blister911 suggested:
1. make from your script for creating new user a function
2. and then for every line of your CSV-processing script call this function.
Look for program skeleton example here:

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