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.
Latest Rackspace developments include .NET SDK, PowerClient – a PowerShell-based management tool – and PHP mobile back-end.
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 (AWS) has released tools for the Windows PowerShell scripting environment to enhance support for Windows administrators' management of cloud infrastructure.
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.
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.
Microsoft recently announced the Release Candidate of Web Deploy 3.0, their tool for packaging and deploying web applications. The new version includes support for IIS8 on Windows Server 8, PowerShell cmdlets, and automated backup.
Microsoft is starting to release more details on Windows PowerShell Workflow. Also known as PSWF, this feature of PowerShell 3 allows administrators to “reliably executing long-running tasks across multiple computers, devices or IT processes”. Since we are talking about Windows Workflow, the term “long-running” can mean hours or even days.
ThoughtWorks recently published the latest update to its Technology Radar; a report produced to help technology decision makers understand emerging trends in software development techniques, tools, languages and platforms. There are some interesting observations of interest to Agile software development teams.
Microsoft has released a beta of a new tool called Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell. This tool is essentially a specialized search engine for PowerShell scripts. It allows administrators to browse and search for scripts in TechNet Script Center and PoshCode as well as their own corporate repositories.
Microsoft's recently-released WMF 3 Beta includes PowerShell 3, in addition to updates to WMI and WinRM. PowerShell 3 introduces several new features, including workflows, a new scripting environment, and performance improvements.
PowerShell 3 which will be released as a part of Windows Management Framework 3.0 is currently in CTP. Apart from being based on the DLR, it has a lot of new features such as better workflows, simpler syntax, delegation of credentials, robust sessions and more.
PowerGUI brings PowerShell scripting support to Visual Studio. This extension by Quest Software leverages the PowerGUI standalone tool to provide syntax highlighting, IntelliSense, debugging and more for PowerShell scripts inside Visual Studio.
The new Windows Management Framework 3.0 CTP 1 provides Windows administrators with updated tools to more easily manage Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and the upcoming Windows 8 platforms. This framework has 3 main components: Windows PowerShell 3.0, WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation), and WinRM (Windows Remote Management).
Microsoft has alerted Windows Server developers and administrators that the platform's future will be one in which the traditional GUI applications will no longer be supported. The Server Core installation option, originally debuting in Windows Server 2008, will become the preferred installation option for Windows Server 8.