Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The DOS command shell on steriods...Windows PowerShell!

Seems Microsoft has finally come to terms with getting rid of the OLD DOS command shell. From the little I have seen thus far, the Windows PowerShell brings significant power to Windows system management than poor old DOS scripting.

The introduction of the $ character to prefix variables in PowerShell scripting is great as it fits nicely into my Perl world...And there's many other NIX like capabilities built into the "new kid". The .Net environment is also extensively leveraged by the new shell.

Below are links to the "horse's mouth" on PowerShell for those who haven't yet heard of the new command shell on the block...You be the judge.

Scripting with Windows PowerShell:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/hubs/msh.mspx

Windows PowerShell in action:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/topics/winpsh/payette3.mspx

How to get Windows PowerShell:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/topics/msh/download.mspx

Enjoy

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