PowerShell v3 – The Script Editors Choice or is it?

Musing over a well-earned break today with friend, college and, all round Exchange guru Will Rawlings the topic of Windows 8 was brought to the forefront. Will was telling me about how after acclimatising to the shock of the tiled interface he dug a little deeper and got his hands dirty with PowerShell v3.

There are some great new features in PS3 but what really grabbed Will’s attention, and later my own, was the new look ISE. It’s not only easier on the eye but has some useful functionality under the hood including Intellisense (a useful autocomplete feature) and much more.

The one simple thing that really got us talking was the copy and paste feature now maintains the colours seen in the ISE! That feature alone is worth the upgrade. Personally I prefer to use PowerGUI as my editor but on client systems I frequently use the ISE so I can’t wait until the Windows Management Framework v3 is released.


Of course the real excitement with PowerShell 3 does not lie in the ISE but it is well worth a look all the same. In order to try it out simply download the consumer preview of Windows Management Framework v3

PowerShell just got bigger!

If you are not familiar with PowerShell and its ability to simplify your working life then now is the time to harness the power of the command line. Like many windows admins I grew up using a GUI and until working for an ISP using mainly Linux and Cisco devices I’d only ever used the command line for automating a few tasks. Once you get through the pain of learning how to use the command line life just gets easier!

Too Much time in the shell can lead to unexpected outcomes!


PowerShell is clearly the future for Microsoft, the current version is V2 however V3 beta is already available and adds some really cool features that underline MS’s commitment to PowerShell moving forward.

If you have been using PowerShell for a while you may have heard of the Quest PowerShell commands and if you haven’t already used them now is the time to get involved!

The Quest commands allow for much simpler scripting tasks and have saved me hours in managing various environments.

Here is the blurb from Quest:

ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory is a set of free, predefined commands for Windows PowerShell, the powerful command line and scripting language developed by Microsoft. These commands are designed to help administrators automate common, repetitive and bulk management tasks for Active Directory, such as creating, removing or updating objects in AD.


By using the ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory to build your scripts, you can harness Quest ActiveRoles Server to leverage proven rules, roles, workflow and attestation features giving you a robust management option for Windows PowerShell and Active Directory.

Download the commands here