Bamboo Windows Build Agent change user


I need to change the Bamboo Build Agent user on a Windows Server 2012 R2 system from "SYSTEM" user to a local admin user. I followed the tutorial here but after every build jobs fails after changing the user.

The git gets checked out, but the first powershell script to execute failes with -1. No error message or what so ever. This happens with all build jobs. If I change back to the SYSTEM user it works fine.

Any ideas how to fix it?


Kind regards, 


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Had this myself today, for me the solution was to copy the user path env variable into the system path env variable. I had nodejs installed so my circumstances exactly matched the SO question/answer below which fixed it. 

Hope that helps.

Hi, unfortunately this does not work. The agent finds the powershell scripts but they all fail for an unknown reason. Even inline scripts don't run.


Failing task since return code of [powershell -ExecutionPolicy bypass -Command C:\Users\BambooAgent\bamboo-agent-home\xml-data\build-dir\XYZ-MS-JOB1\K-Build\pre-build.ps1 C:\Users\BambooAgent\bamboo-agent-home\xml-data\build-dir\XYZ-MS-JOB1\K-Build] was -1 while expected 0

Can you logon as the BambooAgent and run powershell scripts ok?

Also, obvious but have you followed and restarted the remote agent service?

Also check the agent logs on the machine, mine showed that the reason for my -1 error code was that powershell was not a recognised command (because it wasn't included in the user path which was being read instead of system path)

Also worth checking that the bamboo agent service has sufficient permissions to run I guess. 

Can't think of much else to try, sorry.

Yes, that's the tutorial I followed. I restarted the service and the server, too. I see the remote agent running with the correct user but all build jobs fail with the error above.

I can logon to the server with the user I want to use for the agent and run all PS scripts. 

Anything in the remote agent logs?

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