Do you know what is Windows PowerShell, or you just started learning with PowerShell or tired of looking up less frequently used commands? Over here, we will explain and share Windows PowerShell tutorial / reference guides to let user understanding more about it.
What is Windows PowerShell?
Windows PowerShell is Microsoft’s task automation framework, consisting of a command-line shell and associated scripting language built on .NET Framework. PowerShell provides full access to COM and WMI, enabling administrators to perform administrative tasks on both local and remote Windows systems.
The first guide focuses on commonly-used Windows PowerShell commands and is available in a single .doc format document. The other guides are available as a set (six files) in .pdf format and focus on: tips, shortcuts, and common operations in Windows PowerShell 3.0, Windows PowerShell Workflow, Windows PowerShell ISE, Windows PowerShell Web Access, Server Manager for Windows Server 2012, WinRM, WMI, and WS-Man.
Windows powershell 3 is the latest Microsoft scripting programming language, which allows Windows administration
Windows PowerShell 3.0 contains:
- Workflows - Run long-running activities (in sequence or in parallel) to perform complex, larger management tasks, such as multi-machine application provisioning. Using the Windows Workflow Foundation at the command line, Windows PowerShell workflows are repeatable, parallelizable, interruptible, and recoverable.
- Robust Sessions - Automatically recover from network failures and interruptions and allow you to disconnect from the session, shut down the computer, and reconnect from a different computer without interrupting the task.
- Scheduled Jobs - Run regularly or in response to an event.
- Delegated Administration - Commands that can be executed with a delegated set of credentials so users with limited permissions can run critical jobs
- Simplified Language Syntax - Make commands and scripts look a lot less like code and a lot more like natural language.
- Cmdlet Discovery - Improved cmdlet discovery and automatic module loading that make it easier to find and run any of the cmdlets installed on your computer.
- Show-Command – A cmdlet and ISE Add-On that helps users find the right cmdlet, view its parameters in a dialog box, and run it.
If you’re interested exploring Powershell 3, below is the some guidelines you can reference to:
Windows PowerShell Quick Reference [Microsoft]
Notes: Windows PowerShell 3.0 is now available to download for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and for Windows Server 2008. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 must have at Service Pack 1, and Windows Server 2008 requires Service Pack 2.