Add permissions to a Session Configuration

Though the recommended approach would be to upgrade to PowerShell 5.1 and implement JEA (preferable with DSC and the JEA DSC module), there sometimes might be a need to programmatically add permissions to a PowerShell session configuration.

Continuing the mentioned above, and a question asked on the reddit forum, below is an example on how to add a specific permission (ACE) to the configuration session permissions (ACL):

# The identity to add permissions for
$Identity = "myDomain\nonAdmins"
# The configuration name to change permissions to (default is 'microsoft.powershell')
$sessionConfigurationName = 'microsoft.powershell'
# Get the current permissions on the default endpoint
$sddl = (Get-PSSessionConfiguration -Name $sessionConfigurationName).SecurityDescriptorSddl
# Build the new Access Control Entry object
$rights = -1610612736 # AccessAllowed
$IdentitySID = ((New-Object -TypeName System.Security.Principal.NTAccount -ArgumentList $Identity).Translate(
$newAce = New-Object System.Security.AccessControl.CommonAce(
$rights, $IdentitySID, $false, $null
# Prepare the RawSecurityDescriptor
$rawSD = New-Object -TypeName System.Security.AccessControl.RawSecurityDescriptor -ArgumentList $sddl
if ($rawSD.DiscretionaryAcl.GetEnumerator() -notcontains $newAce) {
$rawSD.DiscretionaryAcl.InsertAce($rawSD.DiscretionaryAcl.Count, $newAce)
$newSDDL = $rawSD.GetSddlForm([System.Security.AccessControl.AccessControlSections]::All)
# Set the PSSessionConfiguration permissions
Set-PSSessionConfiguration -Name $sessionConfigurationName -SecurityDescriptorSddl $newSDDL
# Verify permissions were added
(Get-PSSessionConfiguration -Name $sessionConfigurationName).Permission -split ', '