Sunday, November 11, 2007

An example of using scriptcmdlets (from the PowerShell v2 CTP)

I just posted a new blog entry on the PowerShell Community site.  My blog entry is here.  I explain how to use PowerLocker  to encrypt scripts that use the new scriptcmdlets features of the v2 CTP.  The resulting output is a true .NET object.

(There are other ways to encrypt PowerShell scripts, yet a few of these methods can only output simple strings, which may not always be handy.)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Windows PowerShell Virtual User Group Meeting #2

Windows PowerShell Virtual User Group Meeting  #2

Time: December 4th, 2007 at 12PM (noon) EST (New York time)
Place: Online via Live Meeting 2007

To sign up:

Registration site:
Event Code: 122431


This is our second virtual event.  Invited speakers that will talk about various PowerShell-related topics: Don Jones (MVP), Dmitry Sotnikov (MVP), Oisin Grehan and Jeffrey Snover (Microsoft).

To join:!jC8R5b

Unable to join the meeting?  Follow these steps:
1.Copy this address and paste into your web browser:
2.Copy and paste the required information:
Meeting ID: 5K9Z2F
Entry Code: wW!jC8R5b
(NOTE: Our first meeting allowed people to call-in to listen the the audio.  This was very distracting, so this second meeting will only offer audio streaming over the Internet.  Therefore, you will need access to speakers or a headset to listen to the audio.  This session will be recorded and available for offline viewing later.)

12:00PM-12:10PM: Introduction
12:10PM-12:25PM: Don Jones (MVP)
12:25PM-12:40PM: Dmitry Sotnikov (MVP)
12:40PM-12:55PM: Oisin Grehan
12:55PM-1:15PM: Jeffrey Snover (Microsoft)
1:15PM-1:20PM: Closing
1:20PM-1:30PM: Live Q & A

Speaker topics (more details *soon* on
*Don Jones (MVP): New community site, new PowerShell TFM book and training.
*Dmitry Sotnikov (MVP):  Active Directory cmdlets and PowerGUI.
*Oisin Grehan: PowerShell Community Extensions development and .NET, COM and WMI Event handling in PowerShell
*Jeffrey Snover (Microsoft):  To be determined.

All details related to this event will be posted on

Microsoft TechNet, PowerGadgets, Sapien, Quest and Nivot Inc.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

PowerShell 2.0 CTP


The PowerShell V2 CTP is not for everyone. You should read this PowerShell Team blog entry ( ) to find out what it is and what it isn't and then make an informed decision before installing the CTP.


Windows PowerShell 2.0 CTP is out.  View the PowerShell team blog entry here.

As a Microsoft MVP, I had the chance to try out earlier CTP bits, and I like what I saw, in particular:

  • PowerShell Remoting
  • Background Jobs

For those also wanting to write scripts, yet use something other than Notepad, you may be pleased that there is a script editor bundled now.  It is still a very early release though.  For other free options, check out PowerGUI, which has a script editor as well.