The New Home of DSC Documentation

I’m pleased to announce that our official PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) documentation now has a new home on MSDN. We heard your feedback loud and clear, and began working on a documentation platform that reflects our customer-focused approach to addressing that feedback with improvements to the content and structure of the DSC documentation. These… Read more

Documenting DSC Part 2

In a previous post, we introduced the team of writers working on documenting DSC. (You can always contact them at We’ve started out by bringing the existing documentation up to date (the topics for all of the built-in resources have been brought current, for example) and transferring all or parts of most of the posts… Read more

Documenting DSC

We have a new team of content developers focusing on documenting Desired State Configuration (DSC). Led by our manager Steve Kaczmarek, the team comprises Jaime Ondrusek, Corey Plett, and Eric Slesar. A little background:   Steve – I joined Microsoft in 2003 and manage the Management and Automation content development team. In addition to DSC… Read more

Updatable Help speaks only English! What’s up with that?

Our customers have certainly not been shy about their interest in multiple languages of Windows PowerShell Updatable Help, and we’re grateful to hear how much they would value localized Help. Our challenge is this: Updatable Help is a new feature for this release of Windows PowerShell, and we have so very many new cmdlets and… Read more

Another Holiday Gift from the PowerShell Team: PowerShell 3.0 CTP2 – Getting Started with Windows PowerShell Workflow

After delivering the Thanksgiving Gift this year, it’s time for a Holiday Gift …. No not as big as the one we had about 3 years ago …!! Today, we published the “Getting Started with Windows PowerShell Workflow” document on the CTP2 download page, just look for “WMF3 CTP2 Windows PowerShell Workflow.pdf”. This will help… Read more

Download the Updated Core Help CHM

The best way to get updated help for Windows PowerShell core commands is to type “Get-Help –Online <cmdletname>,” but that works only when you’re online and your firewall permits Internet access. For all of those other times, there’s the new Windows PowerShell 2.0 Core Help – May 2011 Update in CHM format. The newly released… Read more

Get Localized PowerShell Help Files

The Windows PowerShell core help files that were included in Windows 7 RTM were localized into ten languages. You can download the XML and TXT versions of these localized files and use them in your Windows PowerShell projects. The Windows PowerShell core help files are localized into the following languages:   ·         de-de                    (German-Germany) ·         es-es                    … Read more

Cmdlet Help Editor tool

Intoducing the Cmdlet Help Editor V1.0   Cmdlet Help Editor enables you to create help topics for Windows PowerShell cmdlets in the XML format that Windows PowerShell reads. Help text created in Cmdlet Help Editor can be displayed immediately by a Windows PowerShell get-help command without any additional transforms or formatting.   By reflecting on… Read more

Documenting TRAP and THROW

We pride ourselves about being a bit overboard when it comes to Error handling.  That is why our sparse (non-existing?) documentation of THROW and TRAP handling is both ironic and sad.  10,000 apologizes for that, we’ll fix it in the next release.  In the mean time, it’s Don Jones amd Jeffery Hicks to the rescue.  Don and… Read more