Microsoft PowerShell v3 overview

Microsoft PowerShell v3 overview

It's been over five years since PowerShell was first released. It's now the scripting language most experts suggest admins should be learning and paying attention to.

After all, Microsoft is heavily pushing the GUI out the door in favor of the powerful command-line interface.

PowerShell v3 boasts over 2,300 new cmdlets, covering many operating system functions, which means admins can automate tasks in a much simpler fashion.

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Table of contents:

What is PowerShell v3?

If you're new to PowerShell, or are skeptical about what it can do for you, get the PowerShell v3 definition straight from

The shiniest new features

Maybe you thought v2 was all you'd ever need when it comes to scripting. As it turns out, there are some compelling reasons to upgrade to the latest version, from updatable help to better discovery.

Press the Big Red Button

Did you know you can use scripts to install WSUS updates right away? Get the PowerShell script now and stop worrying about updates. Master scripters can add things like data reporting and emailing to make it even more useful.

Orchestrator + PowerShell v3 = runbook automation

System Center Orchestrator isn't just a script and task scheduler. Paired with PowerShell remoting, it amounts to whole lot more, including a truly powerful GUI.

About that PowerShell GUI…

Remember how we said Redmond is shunning the GUI? Turns out, it built a pretty sweet GUI for PowerShell v3 -- a hybrid of the best parts of a GUI and a CLI with optional Web-based access.

And the most important PowerShell v3 feature is... Workflow

Workflow is a foundational feature that has many broad implications for PowerShell – and Microsoft – in the future. Find out how it can help you create tasks that are long-running, repeatable and restartable.

A tale of two v3s: Hyper-V and PowerShell

Some of those new cmdlets destined for PowerShell also improve scripting for Hyper-V 3.0. Enable VM migration right from the command line. Plus, do a whole lot more.

Getting a handle on PowerShell and Windows Remote Management

Remoting may not be a new feature (it was available in PowerShell v2), but its importance continues to grow. Find out what PowerShell Remoting can do for a Windows shop, starting with some key terminology.

Control Hyper-V 3.0 features using PowerShell

Thanks to the latest version of Windows Server, PowerShell can be a useful tool for administrators who want to manage two of the most useful Hyper-V features: its extensible switch and Replica.