PowerShell 2.0 test build available Staff

IT managers can now test some of the bits in Windows PowerShell 2.0 via a Community Technology Preview released this week.

The CTP of the scripting language gives Windows shops the ability to execute cmdlets and scripts remotely. The new feature uses Windows Remote Management technology and requires the installation of PowerShell 2.0 on both the client computer and those being managed.

Microsoft has also added 24 new cmdlets.

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A full list of the cmdlets, along with other new capabilities and how to enable them can be seen at the PowerShell team's blog.

Debugging features also have been introduced to set up breakpoints on lines, columns, functions, variable and commands. IT managers can set up what actions should be taken when a breakpoint is hit and retrieve a call stack as well, according to the PowerShell blog site.

The test build lets IT shops create runspaces with a set of constraints, such as restricting access and execution of command scripts. In addition, IT managers can now run concurrent command executions and host the PowerShell engine in applications or build GUI management applications on top of PowerShell cmdlets.

The CTP is backward compatible with PowerShell 1.0, which means that version 1.0 cmdlets and scripts will run on the CTP, with a few exceptions, said Microsoft.

PowerShell 1.0 must be uninstalled to use the CTP.

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