PowerShell Scheduled Job with switch parameter no-op

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      Updated Windows 10 Pro workstation
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      I’ve been running PowerShell scheduled jobs for years (specifically, not Scheduled Tasks). So I am comfortable with the basics of scheduled job registration and execution. However recently I’ve attempted to implement a scheduled job using a switch parameter with no success. My question to the forum is whether anyone else has had success with this specific case and, if so, what method(s) were used (provide a Register-ScheduledJob cmdlet example)? My analysis indicates that I am not registering my scheduled job with its switch parameter correctly but I have not been able to decipher the correct syntax for that.
      At the bottom is a test script I am using for diagnostic tests.
      This script works both interactively (with the switch parameter active) and as a scheduled job (with the Param commented out).
      The CmdletBinging/Param segment is commented out as a success baseline.
      Success is determined by simple Add-Content output generation to the designated log file.
      I register the scheduled job using: “Register-ScheduledJob -Name JobTest -FilePath “C:\Jobs\JobTest.ps1”.
      I run the test job by opening the Windows Task Scheduler UI, navigating to “Task Scheduler Library\Microsoft\Windows\PowerShell\ScheduledJobs” and right-clicking the JobTest job (created via the Register-ScheduledJob cmdlet) to select “Run”.
      When I uncomment the switch parameter declaration I can provide the switch parameter on a command line to execute interactively without issue.
      The issue arises when I attempt to run the registered scheduled job.
      Here is a list of a subset of testing results with variations, all involved execution of the script as a scheduled job with the switch param declaration uncommented:

      1. No switch parameter provided to the Register-ScheduledJob cmdlet – The job shows running indefinitely with no output to the log.
      2. Supply the “-ArchiveAll” switch (tried both with and without quotes) to the Register-ScheduledJob cmdlet with -ArgumentList – Job runs, terminates, no log output.
      3. Register-ScheduledJob -ScriptBlock { & “C:\jobs\JobTest.ps1 -ArchiveAll” } – no log output

      Note – For those unaccustomed to working with PowerShell scheduled jobs, be sure to use” UnRegister-ScheduledJob -Name JobTest” between job configuration changes. Do NOT delete the scheduled job via the Windows Task Scheduler UI! This will leave the job metadata on disk (in your profile AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\PowerShell\ScheduledJobs job subfolder) and you won’t be able to register a changed configuration until it is deleted.
      TIA for any clues.


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