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PowerShell Desired State Configuration Takes on Linux

by João Miranda on  May 30, 2014

Microsoft continues to invest in PowerShell, its command-line shell and associated scripting language. PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) can now manage Linux boxes in the same vein as it does for Windows. Microsoft open source DSC for Linux and is hosting the project at GitHub.

Windows Management Framework 5 Preview Introduces Package Manager And Network Switches Cmdlets

by João Miranda on  Apr 15, 2014

Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows Management Framework V5 Preview, which includes Windows PowerShell OneGet, a package manager in the spirit of yum and apt-get; a set of cmdlets to manage network switches; and some polishing on Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).

PowerShell Team Publishes New Set of Desired State Configuration Resources

by João Miranda on  Jan 06, 2014

The PowerShell team released a new set of Desired Configuration State (DSC) resources, packaged in five modules: xWebAdministration; xComputerManagement; xPSDesiredStateConfiguration; xNetworking and xHyperV. This release aims to encourage the PowerShell community to author more DSC resources. It also becomes possible with this release to create a web server from scratch using only DSC resources.

Powershell's Desired State Configuration Supports Push And Pull Modes

by João Miranda on  Dec 16, 2013 2

The Windows PowerShell Blog has been writing about PowerShell's Desired State Configuration (DSC). DSC is the Microsoft's proposal for computer's configuration management on the Windows world. One of the last articles explains how DSC allows both push and pull configuration modes, two approaches with different pros and cons.

Windows Azure SDK 2.2 Adds Visual Studio 2013, Integrated Sign-in and Filter Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 11, 2013

Microsoft has released Windows Azure SDK 2.2 with support for integrated sign-in, Visual Studio 2013 in addition to the ability to filter subscriptions/regions. The latest update also provides a set of pre-configured VM images of VS 2013 available within the Windows Azure Management Portal for use by MSDN subscribers.

Windows Management Framework 4.0 Adds New PowerShell Features, Improvements and Documentation

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 30, 2013 1

Microsoft has released Windows Management Framework 4.0 with updated versions of Windows PowerShell and its companion products in addition to release notes and quick reference guide to enable users to get start with WMF 4.

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio with Editor, Debugger Extensions and Project System Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Sep 25, 2013

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio has been released with features such as syntax highlighting, IntelliSense, code folding, function navigation, script Output in addition to support for breakpoint, locals, stack frame and project system.

TFS 2013 Power Tools Adds Check-in policies, Process Template Editor, Windows PowerShell Cmdlets

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Sep 20, 2013

Microsoft recently released Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools which includes best practices analyzer, check-in policies, process template editor, storyboard shapes, command line tool, Windows PowerShell Cmdlets, Windows Shell extension and work item templates.

Windows Azure SDK 2.1 with VS 2013, VM, Notification Hub, Cloud Services, PowerShell cmdlets Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Aug 02, 2013 1

Microsoft has released an updated version of Windows Azure SDK with support for Visual Studio 2013, service bus notification hub, cloud services, virtual machines including new cmdlets for PowerShell.

Microsoft Refreshed Windows Azure with Point-to-Site, Dynamic DNS, Remote PowerShell and Ruby SDK

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  May 06, 2013

The recently released update to Windows Azure includes improvements to virtual networks, virtual machines, cloud services, Linux SSH support, remote powershell in addition to a new SDK for Ruby developed in association with AppFog.

Rackspace News: SDK for .NET, PowerClient and Mobile

by Abel Avram on  May 04, 2013

Latest Rackspace developments include .NET SDK, PowerClient – a PowerShell-based management tool – and PHP mobile back-end.

Release of the Microsoft Script Explorer Canceled

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 17, 2013

Microsoft has canceled the release of their Script Explorer. This tool was designed to make it easier to find PowerShell scripts located in either public repositories (e.g. TechNet Script Center and PoshCode) or a company’s internal collection.

Amazon Web Services Launches AWS Tools For Windows PowerShell

by Matthias Marschall on  Jan 18, 2013

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has released tools for the Windows PowerShell scripting environment to enhance support for Windows administrators' management of cloud infrastructure.

WMF 3.0 RTM Including PowerShell 3.0 Now Available

by Jenni Konrad on  Sep 12, 2012

Windows Management Framework 3.0 features PowerShell 3.0, the command-line scripting tool for system administrators. Also included are updates to WMI, WinRM, and a new OData IIS extension.

DevOps With PowerShell 3

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 07, 2012

PowerShell 3 integrates with Windows Workflow Foundation, Task Scheduler and comes with new features such as easier scripting, 10x more cmdlets and tool building enhancements. These make PowerShell even more useful for DevOps, says Jeffrey Snover, Lead Architect for Windows Server Division.

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