Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 19, 2012

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.

Preview PowerShell 3 in the new Windows Management Framework 3 Beta

by Jenni Konrad on  Mar 09, 2012

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.

Introducing PowerShell 3

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jan 09, 2012

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

by David Cooksey on  Nov 28, 2011

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.

Microsoft Announces Windows Management Framework 3.0 CTP #1

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 17, 2011 2

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).

Windows Server 8 Marks Shift Towards GUI-Less Future

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 03, 2011 7

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.

Use SOAP to Remotely Manage Windows Machines

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 02, 2009

Windows Remote Management, part of the larger Windows Management Framework, offers a standards-based way to remotely manage computers running Windows XP or later. Also known as WinRM, is based on several important standards and technologies.

Simple Build Automation with psake

by Abel Avram on  Oct 15, 2009

psake is a build automation tool integrated with PowerShell (PS). Version 2.01 works with PowerShell 2.0. Ayende Rahien is using it to build Rhino Tools.

Introducing PowerShell 2

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 12, 2009 2

PowerShell 2 has been in the works for a long time with the first technical preview dating back nearly two years. Here is a small taste of the numerous features they have added since then.

Presentation: Behind the Scenes at

by Abel Avram on  Feb 10, 2009 5

In this presentation filmed during QCon SF 2008, Dan Farino, Chief Systems Architect at MySpace, talked about administering thousands of web servers from a system’s architect viewpoint. He mostly detailed the performance counter monitoring used by MySpace, the system profiler and the system administration site demoing the tools for the audience to see how it works.

Interview: Dan Farino About MySpace’s Architecture

by Abel Avram on  Nov 19, 2008 5

In this interview taken by InfoQ’s Ryan Slobojan, Dan Farino, Chief Systems Architect at MySpace, talks about the system architecture and the challenges faced when building a very large online community. Because MySpace is built almost entirely on the .NET Framework, Dan explains how a .NET product scales on hundreds of servers.

PowerShell for IIS

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 12, 2008

The push for making Windows configurable from the command line continues with the IIS 7 PowerShell Provider.

Using Windows PowerShell from VBScript, JScript

by Abel Avram on  Jul 29, 2008

Sapien Technologies has made available ActiveX PowerShell (ActiveXPosh), a free scripting tool which allows calling the Windows PowerShell from any COM compatible scripting language like VBScript or JScript. ActiveXPosh is useful to enhance existing scripts to make use of the PowerShell functionality.

ASP.NET Programming Using Windows PowerShell

by Abel Avram on  Jul 22, 2008 1

In an attempt to fill in an existing gap, NSoftware has made available a power shell toy, named PowerShellASP, which allows ASP.NET programmers to access the functionality of Windows PowerShell from inside ASP pages.

PowerShell Management Library for Hyper-V Posted on CodePlex

by Abel Avram on  Jul 10, 2008

James O'Neill from Microsoft has posted the PowerShell Management Library for Hyper-V Beta 0.9 on CodePlex. The library currently contains 66 functions used to manage the virtual machines running in Hyper-V.