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Using GUI to script PowerShell with PowerGUI

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Taking a look at PowerGUI, used to create Microsoft PowerShell scripts by using a GUI interface. This tool is perfect for Windows Admins who are new to scripting or just do not feel comfortable with the PowerShell command line.

Introduction
Recently I was watching the new Train Signal vSphere Pro video training course covering using PowerCLI and PowerShell with VMware vSphere. This course is taught by Microsoft PowerShell MVP, Hal Rottenberg (of TechProsaic.com). From this course, I learned a lot about PowerShell and was excited at the thought of being able to create some myself. Sure, you can just run the PowerShell command prompt in Windows. That is easy to do but, to any new user, it is very intimidating. Recently, I came across PowerGUI, a graphical PowerShell Editor and that is what I will be covering in this article.

Why do I need PowerShell?
If you are new to PowerShell you may still be asking what it is and why you need it. These are easy questions to answer and I am confident that you will see the obvious usefulness of PowerShell once it's explained.

According to WikiPedia, PowerShell is an "extensible automation engine from Microsoft, made up of a command-line shell and associated scripting language". It's built on top of .NET and it is used to perform administrative tasks on local and remote Windows systems. Those administrative tasks could be related to Windows network management, Active Directory, Hyper-V, or even 3rd party programs like VMware (if those programs support it). These administrative tasks can be automated to run at specific times or be initiated from other applications to perform some task.

To me, the cool thing about PowerShell is that it can be used across so many different Windows OS features and supported 3rd party applications - allowing you to control and manage your entire Windows server (both OS and apps).

If you are running Windows 7, PowerShell 2.0 is already included and installed. Prior to that OS, you will need to install it from the Microsoft Script Center homepage.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 June 2010 09:11  
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