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Powershell Excel.Application Task Scheduler Automation

Using the Excel.Application com object in Powershell won’t save a file through the task scheduler for automation.
It’s likely a DCOM permissions issue. Automating Excel is sometimes fraught with peril…
The only way I’ve found around issues such as this is to set Excel to run as a specific user through DCOM permissions.

Open Component Services (Start > Run, type in dcomcnfg)
If you’re using 32bit Excel do this instead from a command prompt:
C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64>mmc comexp.msc /32
Drill down to Component Services > Computers > My Computer > DCOM Config
Right-click on Microsoft Excel Application and choose Properties
In the Identity tab select This User and enter the user that is running the task in task scheduler

Sources:
http://superuser.com/questions/579900/why-cant-excel-open-a-file-when-run-from-task-scheduler
http://blogs.technet.com/b/the_microsoft_excel_support_team_blog/archive/2012/11/12/microsoft-excel-does-not-appear-in-dcom-configuration-snap-in.aspx

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