Microsoft PowerShell Gets New Online Home
Windows pros will no longer have to dig through MSDN to keep on top of the command line and scripting environment.Microsoft typically reserves its product Web pages for its flagship Windows operating system, Office applications, and high-profile business and server offerings. Now, a tool that many Windows administrators use in their day-to-day tasks is getting the same treatment. The software giant has pulled PowerShell from the recesses of its Microsoft Developer Network Website and is giving it a new online home. PowerShell is the command line and scripting environment used by Windows and Windows Server administrators to configure and manage systems and automate tasks. "It's been our intent for a while now to establish a single home of PowerShell that reflects the myriad of properties we have spread across the web," wrote Joey Aiello, program manager of Microsoft PowerShell, in a late-day July 20 blog post. "Between the Gallery, our blog, Connect, our GitHub repositories, and TechNet documentation, PowerShell is in a lot of places." Now PowerShell is much more accessible via a homepage that consolidates all of those resources, found here. The site includes download links to the Windows Management Framework (WMF), a suite of tools that include PowerShell, Desired State Configuration (DSC), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Windows Remote Management (WinRM).
The PowerShell Gallery, currently in preview, houses PowerShell commands or DSC resources. After a year of curating the gallery, Microsoft opened it up to the general public on July 7, inviting any user to publish and share PowerShell modules. The site also provides a link to open-sourced PowerShell projects and modules hosted on GitHub, and of course, the PowerShell blog.