Published July 31, 2008
PowerGUI , PowerPack , PowerShell , VMware
PowerGUI now plugs into VMware Infrastructure Client. To be precise, starting with version 1.5.1 the setup has VMware Client Integration component which registers both PowerGUI and PowerGUI Script Editor as VI Client plugins.
PowerGUI admin console and script editor can be started right within VI Client
The cool thing is that when you start them from VI client they automatically inherit your current connection to VMware infrastructure, so all your VMware management scripts or PowerGUI nodes/actions just work without asking you to connect first – no more additional prompts, having to type the password, etc. – you are already in and everything just works!
I have also updated the VMware PowerPack so it is compatible with the RTM version of VI Toolkit and PowerGUI 1.5.1 – so do not forget to download it too.
Enjoy and please submit your feedback so we keep making the pack even better!
Tags: PowerGUI, PowerPack, PowerShell, VMware
Did you know you could do that much with PowerShell on Exchange 2003?
We all kind of knew that Exchange 2000 and 2003 can be managed with PowerShell via WMI
but Jonathan Medd
has just taken this to the whole new level!
His powerpack for Exchange 2003 has 53 (!) different nodes/links/actions exposing features ranging from mailbox and server management to address books and message queues.
And because this is a PowerGUI pack, you can see all the PowerShell code behind each and every item by just clicking the PowerShell Code tab, or even tweak the things a bit by going into the Properties.
This is a great piece of work obviously making Jonathan the front-runner of the PowerPack Challenge 2008 (you obviously have 2 weeks ahead to challenge this ;))
Check out the Exchange 2003 PowerPack and please let Jonathan know what you think.
Tags: Exchange, PowerGUI, PowerPack, PowerPack Challenge, PowerShell
Published July 28, 2008
IDE , Open Source , PowerGUI , PowerShell
What is the key to getting a scripting language really taking off? The number of sample scripts in that and their availability. As wikipedia claims: “half of Perl’s power is in the CPAN”.
Should we replicate the CPAN for PowerShell? No way. We should make PowerShell script repository way better. 😉 And today we have made a huge step in that direction. Starting with version 1.5.1 of PowerGUI, the script editor got a really nifty feature – ability to search for a script online right within the IDE:
PowerGUI Script Editor can now find the scripts you need in the online repository.
All you need to do is:
- On the File menu, click Search Online.
- In the Search Online dialog box, type in the keywords and hit Enter.
- Hover over each entry for which you want to read the description.
- Click Download to open the ones you selected (yes, you can multiselect to open a few scripts with one click!)
This means that the great work which Joel and Hal are doing on the script repository at PowerShellCommunity.org (if that’s too much typing, poshcomm.org will take you to that site as well, or you can use poshcode.org to just go to the repository) is now at your fingertips right within the scripting IDE!
Check out the repository, and obviously do contribute to it whenever you come with something others could reuse.
Tags: IDE, Open Source, PowerGUI, PowerShell
Published July 25, 2008
Freeware , PowerGUI , PowerShell , Release
We have just posted the newest release of PowerGUI – version 1.5.1 – to the web. As you might guess, it got better, with most of the bugs we got reported on the community forums fixed, and most feature requests implemented. 😉
A more complete version of what’s new can be found on our version history page.
Both components got:
- VMware Infrastructure Client integration
- Support for roaming profiles, as well as Citrix/TS deployments
- Easier UI localization switch right from the GUI
- STA mode support
The highlights for the IDE include:
- Online search for PowerShell scripts
- Support for multiple runspaces
- Intellisense now supporting NoteProperties, env:, and function drive
- Support for signed scripts
Admin console got a lot of improvements for making your powerpacks easier to create and use:
- Ability to select which parameters get prompted
- Support for $host.ui.prompt and $host.ui.promptforchoice so you can easily create dialog boxes of your own
- Updated default PowerPacks
- Column selection now associated with data type and thus consistent and working for dynamic nodes
Again, the what’s new page has some details and we are out there at the forums waiting for your feedback.
Go ahead and download the latest build! (Or wait another week or so till we turn the automated upgrade on ;))
Tags: Freeware, PowerGUI, PowerShell, Release
Published July 21, 2008
PowerGUI , PowerGUI.org , PowerShell
New design for PowerGUI.org
got a facelift and is now hopefully a more enjoyable community site to use.
This is based on the survey we had on the site early this year (thanks to everyone who responded!). In the survey a lot of you told us that the navigation box we had as a webpart was hard to use and kept disappearing on some of the pages. We have changed that and went to tabbed navigation at the top of the page which should be much easier.
The wiki feature which a lot of you suggested is also live (although not integrated into the tabbed header yet).
We will keep improving the site in the future so if there’s any feedback and/or comments/suggestions – please bring them in!
Tags: PowerGUI, PowerGUI.org, PowerShell