Archive for February, 2009

AD team launches PowerShell blog

As you probably know, Microsoft’s Active Directory team is going to ship their own set of PowerShell cmdlets to manage AD as a part of Windows Server 2008 R2 (see the current list here).

The AD PowerShell folks at Microsoft have just launched a blog you can use to get more insight into what’s coming: Pipelining AD – one object at a time. 🙂

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What’s new in PowerGUI 1.7

We have just posted version 1.7 on

Once Darin is back from VMWorld he will update the changelog page at but here’s a quick What’s new from me.

The key new scenario which we wanted to support was creating custom PowerGUI-based consoles: branding them, locking them down, distributing to administrators (e.g. helpdesk), and then having automatically updated whenever you make changes to the central configuration.

The main pieces of this scenario were:

1. Lockdown mode: this allows you to disable and/or hide any functionality in the PowerGUI admin console. Simply open the file quest.powergui.Lockdown.xml in PowerGUI profile folder (%appdata%\Quest Software\PowerGUI). You can just replace all true with false (in that case users won’t even be able to click an action or change order of columns), or be more granular.

2. Central configuration update: Redirections.xml from PowerGUI profile folder lets you make PowerGUI pull its configuration and/or lockdown information from another location (e.g. file share). PowerGUI also checks for the configuration version, which lets you force the UI update whenever you change anything in your custom console.

3. Ability to change the welcome page to something more meaningful for your organization.

And then there are multiple smaller changes:

4. Multiline comments for PowerShell v2 (<# #>).

5. Icons in the grid and dynamic nodes.

6. Multiple bugfixes based on reports we got from our community forums. We’ll hopefully follow-up on all of them next week.

Download the new version and let us know what you think.

As usual, for existing PowerGUI customers we will only turn on automated update in a week or so, so feel free to go to and download the new version right away without waiting for us.

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Impoved site search the last big item from last year’s community feedback got satisfied. We’ve finished integrating web site with a search appliance and now you will hopefully have much easier time locating information on the website.

The search works across the whole site: including the forums, wiki, and even PowerPacks. And if you select the “ and blogs” option the results will include this blog and – the two PowerGUI-related blogs out there.

I hope this makes an even more useful community site. And if you have any other site-related requests – just keep them coming.

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Virtualization EcoShell Initiative

At VMworld Europe Scott Herold has started talking about the new project he started based on the PowerGUI admin console – Virtualization EcoShell Initiative. Check out his blog post here or Eric Sloof’s one (with actually far more information) here. The project site also appears to be live now.

Obviously, if you are at VMworld this week, don’t spend you time reading these and instead go to the Vizioncore booth and press Scott for details. 😉

Cool to see PowerGUI getting used in more and more projects!

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community_surveyPlease take a few minutes to help us make an even better place by answering the questions of this survey.

This is a regular exercise we are trying to do every year. Those of you who took it last year have probably noticed that we more or less implemented all the feedback we got like:

  • Tabbed navigation,
  • Wiki with PowerGUI and AD cmdlets documentation,
  • Signatures in posts,
  • More videos,
  • More PowerPacks,
  • Profiles of the most active community members,
  • Better search (oops, this one is not there yet – but coming in just few days ;))

I am sure there were more – but a year is a long time and we really had a lot of work done to improve our online community.

Please take the survey to keep us busy for another year. 🙂

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PowerShell Ecosystem vs. Perl

Edward Haletky (aka @texiwill) has just published a really interesting story of how he got converted to PowerShell thanks to the rich ecosystem we have.

He started with Perl:

I wrote a Perl application that would log in to an ESX host, run an assessment of its configuration and from there aid me in judging the security of the host and some smaller parts of the virtual environment. Since it was written in Perl, it would be hard to get people to use excepting myself and other Perl users. This breed is found mostly within the Linux world; many VMware infrastructure administrators may not understand Perl well as it comes with a learning curve.

Then he found:

They all combined are solving Edward’s tasks. Quite a success story for the PowerShell ecosystem! Read the whole story here.

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Videos on Managing VMware with PowerShell and PowerGUI

Scott has just posted an awesome series of 5 really quick videos demonstrating how PowerGUI and PowerShell take VMware Infrastructure management to the next level. Each is just a few minutes long. Definitely worth checking them out!

Establishing Connections to your VMware Infrastructure using the PowerGUI Console   Navigate your VMware Infrastructure using the PowerGUI
Execute Links and Actions in the PowerGUI Console   Create and Save Filters using the PowerGUI Console
Using the PowerGUI Script Editor    

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