Heath Stewart as recently released a beta of some very cool and useful cmdlets to access WIndows Installer information. It is a very small number of commands that are easy to get your head around and it is quite useful so you should take sometime and try them out. In his blog introducing the Cmdlets, Heath states:
The goal is to effectively replace the Windows Installer scripts in the Windows Installer SDK as well as msiinv.exe though that’s still a ways off.
You can see some example one-liners HERE.
Another really exciting aspect of this is that Heath is doing this work as a Shared Source CodePlex project which means that you can get the source code! I think you see us release more and more functions via CodePlex over time. This allows us to move quickly getting great community feedback, respond quickly with revisions, allows the community to see how things REALLY work, and enables the community to innovate. I don’t have any additional announcements on topic but watch this space, I think it is going to get very exciting.
While I’m waxing lyrical about CodePlex, let me also encourage you to check out and contribute to the other PowerShell CodePlex projects found HERE.
Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]
Windows Management Partner Architect
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