Coming Soon – PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell

At BUILD 2017, we announced the preview of Azure Cloud Shell supporting the Bash shell. We are adding PowerShell support to Azure Cloud Shell, which gives you a choice of shell to get work done. Sign-up today to participate in a limited preview of PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell. We look forward to sharing this… Read more

Windows 10 Creators Update and PowerShell DSC

For those of you who are using or planning to update the Windows 10 Creators Update, we want to make you aware of some issues that we have discovered in DSC. The following scenario is an issue in this release: In PowerShell ISE, Visual Studio code or on the command line, you receive the following error… Read more

Announcing PowerShell for Visual Studio Code 1.0!

Today we are extremely excited to announce that the PowerShell extension for Visual Studio Code has reached version 1.0! We are shipping this update to line up with the PowerShell Core 6.0 Beta.1 release to provide the official PowerShell development experience for all supported platforms: Windows 7 through 10 with PowerShell v3 and higher Linux… Read more

PowerShell Core 6 Beta.1 Release

Approximately 9 months ago, we announced PowerShell Core 6 on GitHub being not only Open Source, but also cross platform. Today, I’m proud to announce we are moving out of alpha and into beta! We realize that moving a technology that started in Windows to Linux has to fit in properly to be accepted and… Read more

OpenSSH Security Testing Kick Off

Over the past while, we’ve been very busy porting OpenSSH to Win32. We’ve been working with the OpenSSH community in our GitHub repository, and are nearing a point where we are taking steps to make it production ready. Security is obviously something that we have focused on during every phase of the project. As part… Read more

DSC Configuration Sharing

The community around DSC Resources has been inspiring. The PowerShell Gallery now includes more than 2000 modules/scripts. 181 of those are modules focused on DSC, that collectively include 766 DSC Resources. With this many building blocks available, it has become easier and faster to get a DSC project through the proof of concept phase to production-ready Windows… Read more

DSC Resource Kit Release April 2017

We just released the DSC Resource Kit! This release includes updates to 5 DSC resource modules, including 3 new DSC resources. In these past 6 weeks, 57 pull requests have been merged and 46 issues have been closed, all thanks to our amazing community! The modules updated in this release are: PSDscResources xCertificate xDatabase xPSDesiredStateConfiguration… Read more

A Comparison of Shell and Scripting Language Security

PowerShell Security is a topic on everybody’s mind. Most of all – ours. As PowerShell has become more popular with Administrators, it has also become more popular for unauthorized administrators – also known as “Attackers”. In any operating system or platform, the power and efficiency you provide to authorized administrators is also available to unauthorized… Read more

Regular cadence for PowerShell Core Community Call

tl;dr: PowerShell Core Community Calls are on the third Thursday of every month at 9:30am Pacific Time (note, this is currently PDT). Use this .ics file (right-click and select Save Target/Link As in order to download the file correctly) to avoid missing one. Hi everyone! After three successful PowerShell Core Community Calls, we’re switching to a… Read more

Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 now in Microsoft Update Catalog

The Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 is now available in the Microsoft Update catalog for Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows 8.1. These updates are listed in the catalog as KB3191564 and KB3191565.  Those who use WSUS to manage updates for their systems are now able to install WMF 5.1 for most… Read more