We all knew that Microsoft’s AD team was working on a set of PowerShell cmdlets of their own, but now we know when and how these are going to be shipped. Jeffrey published stats on the PowerShell cmdlets in the upcoming (in 2010) Windows Server R2.
If you look carefully through the list you will see that one of the snapins is called… activedirectory and contains 76 cmdlets. And these are just for the AD itself. There are other related snapins, like GroupPolicy (25 cmdlets) and ADRMS.PS.Admin (15 Cmdlets).
As far as I know AD and RMS are also getting PowerShell providers.
Sounds like in a year and a half or so we will get a pretty comprehensive cmdlets coverage from Microsoft. Meanwhile, there are obviously free 3rd-party solutions providing similar functionality:
See full Windows Server 2008 snapin list in Jeffrey’s post.