Announced: PowerShell to Ship in Windows Server (Longhorn)!!!!

The rate of PowerShell adoption has been quite stunning.  We’ve all been amazed by the momentum.  Here are a few datapoints:

  • We have had well over 400,000 downloads of Windows PowerShell since we released in November!  

  • We are up to eight books in the US, 2 more in Japan and at least 2 in the works for Germany.

  • We continue to have new partners developing new products based on PowerShell from Quest Software, /n Software, PowerGadgets and Full Armor.

I’m here at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) in San Diego and the momentum is growing!

  • Quest Software announced further development of two new free products that leverage PowerShell:  Active Directory cmdlets (tools) for managing Active Directory and PowerGUI, a GUI based tool for working with PowerShell cmdlets and writing PowerShell scripts.  They’ll be demoing these in my talk tomorrow.  Find out more at and 

  • /n software ( announced PowerShell Remoting which provides a secure, remoting solution for Windows PowerShell based on SSH that provides interactive, object-based remoting and remoting to non-Windows devices and operating systems. While the first version of Windows PowerShell provides native support for remoting via WMI, it does not provide interactive remoting for other Windows data sources such as the registry or certificates.  /n Software has also previously announced NetCmdlets which provides extensive networking management capabilities via cmdlets.

And now for the biggie:

  • At the Microsoft Management Summit in San Diego today we announced that Windows PowerShell will be included in Windows Server code-named “Longhorn” and will be available in Beta 3 of “Longhorn”.   That’s right, Windows Server will ship with PowerShell!

It’s a pretty big day for us in the PowerShell world. 


Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]
Windows Management Partner Architect
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