IN THIS CHAPTER
Managing Windows — the challenges of the past
Introducing Windows PowerShell
Understanding key Windows PowerShell concepts
Discovering by leveraging the community
Formatting with Windows PowerShell
Automating administrative functions with scripting
Extending Windows PowerShell with snap-ins and modules
Installing Windows PowerShell
Customizing Windows PowerShell with Profiles
Windows PowerShell is Microsoft's strategic administrative task automation platform. It began life over 10 years ago and has now become mainstream. Before looking at all of the wonderful things that Windows PowerShell can do, this chapter starts by looking at how we got here, and then examining what Windows PowerShell is. This includes a brief overview of the language and syntax of Windows PowerShell.
The contents of this chapter mainly refer to Windows PowerShell Version 1. Version 2 added some great new features, and those are described more in Chapter 2, “What's New in Windows PowerShell V2.” The features described in this chapter are all contained within Version 2, so everything you learn in this chapter is fully usable in Version 2.
The path to Windows PowerShell has been a long but steady one that really started with the launch of the IBM PC in 1981. Since then management of systems ...