Windows PowerShell Help – Live on TechNet

Updated Windows PowerShell Help topics are now live in the TechNet library at We’ll be updating weekly, so keep it bookmarked and check back frequently.   If you misplace this easy-to-recall URL, you can find us anyway: 1.       Go to TechNet ( 2.       Click the Library tab. 3.       In the TOC, click Windows PowerShell…. Read more


One of the new feature areas for PowerShell V2 CTP is support for rich output.  The out-gridview cmdlet allows you to send the output of any PowerShell command into a fully interactive grid window.  This feature is available from standard PowerShell and Graphical PowerShell.  Out-GridView can be very useful if the output of your command… Read more

Installing Windows PowerShell V2 (CTP)

We released Windows PowerShell V2 (CTP) a while back. We have introduced remoting and Graphical PowerShell in the CTP and these place some additional set of dependencies on PowerShell installation. The earlier dependency on .Net 2.0 still holds good. 1.       WS-Management v1.1 is required for PowerShell remoting as the remoting infrastructure uses it for connecting… Read more

IBM Releases PowerShell Cmdlets to Manage WebSphere MQ

Dale Lane from IBM posted a blog entry HERE describing a set of PowerShell Cmdlets to manage WebSphere MQ.  You can download the PDF documentation and bits from the IBM website HERE.  The ZIP file contains a PDF called PowerShellCookBook which has a bunch of examples of how to use the cmdlets. Let me be… Read more

Distributed PowerShell Available Today Via Specops Command

When I worked in the CTO office at Tivoli, I identified the fact that there were just a handful of design patterns for distributed applications and distributed management in particular.  We then started a management framework project to support those design patterns which we would then build all our products on top of.  Then one… Read more

Learning PowerShell

John Sheehan has blogged his experiences learning PowerShell over his Thanksgiving holiday.  You can read about them HERE.  I found it a fun read. Jeffrey Snover [MSFT] Windows Management Partner Architect Visit the Windows PowerShell Team blog at: Visit the Windows PowerShell ScriptCenter at:… Read more


John Sheehan the architect for Microsoft Application Virtualization (aka SoftGrid) recently jumped on the PowerShell bandwagon and was nice enough to write up his experiences.  At one point he wrote himself a process monitor which involved putting all the processes into a hashtable indexed by ProcessID.  This is a fairly trivial piece of code to… Read more

PowerShell Plus Beta Available

I just got mail from Tobias Weltner letting me know that they are making PowerShell Plus free for non-commercial use.  If you have not checked this tool out – you should. PowerShell Plus is like what you’d get if the Console spent a year with a 24×7 IV drip of steriods.  It is in beta… Read more

Graphing with Glee

Doug Finke has a blog HERE which shows you how to use PowerShell to program GLEE – Graph Layout Execution Engine.  GLEE is a .NET tool for graph layout and viewing developed by Lev Nachmanson of Microsoft Research.  You can read more about GLEE HERE. I got pretty excited about this and grabbed Doug’s example… Read more