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Tech-Ed 2006: PowerShell

That was an interesting session. There is no doubt that this is a very powerful tool, and the guys responsible for it have put a lot of effort into its design.
What I still struggle with, though, is how I can use it effectively in my environment. For example, I want to script the processes for setting up a new user and retiring a leaver. It seems to me that PowerShell is great at pulling information out of the system and manipulating it in various ways, but user input doesn’t seem to be one of its strengths.
Maybe I’m looking at this the wrong way. Maybe, for example, I should be thinking about letting the admins create a CSV file of names and then pass that to a script that takes care of the rest.
Next step: MSG344 (Exchange 2003 – Geographically dispersed clusters and site resiliency). Yummy !

One response to “Tech-Ed 2006: PowerShell

  1. Jeffrey June 12, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    Windows PowerShell has a pretty good story for user input (e.g. READ-HOST, READ-HOST -ASSECURESTRING, etc.) as well as set of IMPORTS (IMPORT-CSV, IMPORT-CLIXML, etc).  What would you like to have?  (We’re buidling this tool for people like you so don’t be shy.)
    Jeffrey SnoverWindows PowerShell Architect

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