Longhorn RDP Airlift Slides

Here are the slides I was showing on the Longhorn Airlift AD PowerShell session:


Overall the session went well. I was surprised that a big part of the audience was not that familiar with PowerShell as such but everyone seemed pretty interested and I saw people taking notes during the session.

We used Longhorn Beta 3 for the demos and everything went surprisingly well. I even demoed experimental cmdlets for granular password policies.

P.S. In case you get the DVD and listen to the session or just were there. During the demo I completely forgot to mention that the new-account.ps1 script I was showing while demonstrating the ADSI approach is from Adam Bell. Thanks to Adam for providing that on his blog!

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5 Responses to “Longhorn RDP Airlift Slides”

  1. 1 Adam Bell May 17, 2007 at 6:04 pm


    Glad you found something on the site useful. I’m aiming to have some more scripts up over the weekend.



  2. 2 Adam Fazio May 17, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    Dmitry, thanks for the great session. I was shocked and amazed to see the AD cmd-lets doing in one line what 50 lines of VBS code coundn’t even do! I think people have been slow to warm up to PowerShell becuase who wants to learn another language when the one you already know works? BUT – when you see the incredible time savings it is a no-braniner, I’ll be doing all my AD scripting in PS from now on.

  3. 3 dmitrysotnikov May 18, 2007 at 11:41 am

    To Adam Bell:


    Thanks again for posting these. I wanted to show all three ways to manage AD with PowerShell: ADSI, provider, AD cmdlets – and your scripts came extremely handy to demonstrate the first approach.

    I think that even with AD cmdlets available, ADSI still has the value of providing low level access to AD, and also is great for those who are already familiar with ADSI and have VBScripts built on that technology.

    Anyway, thanks again for the great work you’ve been doing! (I hope you try and like the cmdlets as well – looking forward to your feedback on those.)


  4. 4 dmitrysotnikov May 18, 2007 at 11:48 am

    To Adam Fazio:


    I am glad you liked it!

    I think Windows PowerShell is definitely one of those technologies that don’t sound exciting initially (yet another command-line, etc.) but are just amazing (and addictive ;)) once you start using them. I myself am being amazed on the power which the technology holds. Just look at all these oneliners which get posted on this blog or other blogs out there.

    I hope to see you on the PowerGUI.org community and get your feedback on the directions we should be taking both with AD cmdlets and PowerGUI.


  1. 1 AD Cmdlets 1.0.2 Released: Support Vista and Longhorn « Dmitry’s PowerBlog Trackback on May 21, 2007 at 7:53 am

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May 2007

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