New-Workflow –MakeItEasy: Authoring Workflows using PowerShell Extended Syntax

Some time back, in his blog post, Jeffrey Snover introduced one of the new Windows PowerShell 3.0 feature – Windows PowerShell Workflow. In that post, you saw a glimpse of how to author workflows using PowerShell syntax. This post dives into more details of authoring workflows using PowerShell syntax and various extensions to it. Why… Read more

Introducing Management OData Schema Designer

We are excited to introduce the new Management OData Schema Designer tool. The tool’s goal is to accelerate evaluation /development on top of “Management OData IIS Extension” optional Windows Server 2012 feature. A very informative introduction about this feature can be found in the Standards based management in Windows Server 8 by Jeffrey Snover and… Read more

Snippets in Windows PowerShell ISE 3.0

This blog post applies to the Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.  The ISE is also fully supported and available when Server 2012 is deployed using the Minimal Server Interface.  To start ISE, type ise  in a PowerShell console and press Enter Snippets provide a convenient way to… Read more

Basic installation guide for Windows PowerShell Web Access

Windows PowerShell Web Access is a new feature in Windows Server 2012. It is an IIS application that provides a Windows PowerShell console in a web browser. The IIS application acts as a gateway between the web browser and the machines that you can connect to in your environment. These machines should have Windows PowerShell… Read more

High Level Architecture of Windows PowerShell Workflow (Part 2)

This is the second part of our post on the high level architecture of Windows PowerShell Workflow. Part 1 of this blog post provided an overview of the architecture and its various components. This post will go into more detail on the various subcomponents and provide some insight into the internals of Windows PowerShell Workflow…. Read more

High Level Architecture of Windows PowerShell Workflow (Part 1)

  1 Summary In March we introduced Windows PowerShell Workflow (PSWF), which explained why we integrated workflows with PowerShell, and what were our major investment areas for our first release. In a recent post, Jeffrey Snover summarizes this decision: “We integrated the Windows Workflow Foundation engine into PowerShell to make it simple and easy to… Read more

New V3 Language Features

We’ve already discussed the biggest new PowerShell language feature – workflows – in a previous post.  In this post, I’m going to describe a number of small changes we’ve made to the language.  Most of the changes described here don’t introduce any new syntax, but I think you’ll agree that most of these changes make… Read more

Intellisense in Windows PowerShell ISE 3.0

This blog post applies to the Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.  The ISE is also fully supported and available when Server 2012 is deployed using the Minimal Server Interface.  To start ISE, type ise  in a PowerShell console and press Enter Very few things can be considered… Read more

Running show-command for a cmdlet

  Problem: Figuring out a cmdlet from its syntax can be overwhelming, especially for people new to PowerShell. PS C:\> get-command get-process -syntax Get-Process [[-Name] <string[]>] [-ComputerName <string[]>] [-Module] [-FileVersionInfo] [<CommonParameters>] Get-Process -Id <int[]> [-ComputerName <string[]>] [-Module] [-FileVersionInfo] [<CommonParameters>] Get-Process -InputObject <Process[]> [-ComputerName <string[]>] [-Module] [-FileVersionInfo] [<CommonParameters>] Get-command –syntax displays the syntax for the command…. Read more