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Integrate PowerShell Scripts into Automated Tasks with Power Automate

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual SQL Server database for PowerShell scripts and integrate live PowerShell scripts into your Power Automate (Microsoft Flow) tasks.

Power Automate (Microsoft Flow) is an online service that automates events (known as workflows) across the most common apps and services. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to PowerShell scripts for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to connect to the Cloud Hub from Power Automate and integrate live PowerShell scripts into your workflows and tasks.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure SQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for PowerShell, allowing you to easily integrate with live PowerShell scripts in Power Automate — without replicating the data. The CData Cloud Hub looks exactly like a SQL Server database to Power Automate and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to PowerShell, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return PowerShell scripts.

Create a Virtual SQL Database for PowerShell Scripts

CData Cloud Hub uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "PowerShell" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to PowerShell.

    The ScriptLocation, under the Data section, must be set to a valid script location.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to the CData Cloud Hub

To use the Cloud Hub to integrate PowerShell scripts into your Power Automate tasks, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Automate
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Cloud Hub instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual PowerShell database you created earlier (like powershelldb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Integrating PowerShell Scripts into Power Automate Tasks

With the connection to the Cloud Hub configured, you are ready to integrate live PowerShell scripts into your Power Automate tasks.

  1. Log in to Power Automate
  2. Click My flows -> New and choose to create the flow from blank or template
  3. Add (or configure) a SQL Server action (like Get rows) and configure the action to connect to your Cloud Hub connection
  4. Select a Table to work with (from the drop-down menu) and configure any advanced options (like filters, orders, etc)
  5. Configure any actions to follow and test, then save the flow

SQL Access to PowerShell Scripts from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live PowerShell scripts from Power Automate tasks. You can create more connections and workflows to drive business — all without replicating PowerShell scripts.

To get SQL data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Cloud Hub.