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Microsoft Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Look by Adam Driscoll

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Chapter 6. New and Improved PowerShell Hosts

In PowerShell 2.0, there were only two ways to access it out of the box: through the command prompt, PowerShell.exe, or through the PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). On Windows Server the ISE was not even enabled by default and had to be enabled through a separate feature. The command prompt is typically the first stop for many users as it is simple and efficient. It allows us to quickly execute commands that we do not have to persist. Whenever users are looking to write something more than just a couple of lines and are looking to save their scripts, the ISE is the obvious choice.

In addition to the built-in PowerShell hosts, there are tons of third party PowerShell tools available ...

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