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Got blade chassis with HP Virtual Connect?

Manage them with PowerShell and PowerGUI!

Just download Adam’s HP Virtual Connect Management powerpack here, and you will be able to:

  • Configure Networks, uplink sets and server profiles
  • Create, edit and delete users
  • Configure LDAP settings for authentication
  • View and edit SNMP settings
  • View and configure uplink ports and check statistics
  • Power on & off servers
  • View system log

And much more. All from a convenient rich client (or your PowerShell scripts)!

Another enterprise systems joins the PowerShell realms. Another case of the jug filling drop by drop. 😉

Download Adam’s HP Virtual Connect Management powerpack here and leave there comments so Adam knows what you think!


JAMS Job Scheduler PowerPack

Workload automation and job scheduling in the enterprise environments is not a trivial tasks. Luckily there are tools out there to help you, and even more luckily some of them have PowerShell interfaces, and – here comes the best part – one of them, JAMS Job Scheduler – now even has a PowerGUI PowerPack so you can perform advanced bulk management and customize the tool right in the PowerGUI Admin Console!

If you already own JAMS Job Scheduler, download the powerpack here and start taking full advantage of it.

If you want to learn more about JAMS, you can read all the information, watch the training videos and download the tool at

JAMS Job Scheduler powerpack is participating in the PowerGUI Challenge 2010. Got a great powerpack idea? Take part in the contest – there are 10 more days to submit your PowerPack or Editor Add-On and win some cool prizes!

Set your syntax colors

Tweak color and font for any PowerShell element in PowerGUI Script Editor with this Script Color add-on which Denniver Reining from has just posted:

Syntax highlightcolor picker for PowerShell in PowerGUI Script Editor

If you spend a lot of time scripting, you might have your own preferences  on the way your scripting environment displays keywords, cmdlet names, variable and so on. You used to be able to tweak these in PowerGUI Script Editor by manually locating and modifying one of our configuration files. Now there is an easy to use friendly graphical interface provided by Denniver’s add-on.

Download Script Color add-on and make PowerGUI Script Editor the PowerShell IDE of your dream!

Denniver’s add-on is participating in the PowerGUI Challenge 2010. Got a great add-on idea? Take part in the contest!



Extensible free SharePoint 2010 admin tool

This PowerPack by DJ Grijalva gives you UI for the functionality missing (or really hard to find) in native SharePoint Central Admin, including diagnostics and management for search, applications, accounts, sites and subscriptions.

You no longer have to go to command-line to perform these management tasks, but that is not it – because it is a PowerPack:

  • Bulk update: All actions support multiselect – so you can update multiple sites or other objects – you just select them all and click the action,
  • Learn to automate: You can see the PowerShell script behind everything the the tool does – just see properties for any UI element or go to View / PowerShell Script menu item,
  • Extend: Add your own nodes and actions using the PowerShell cmdlets shipped with SharePoint 2010.

Managing SharePoint 2010 – download DJ’s powerpack and let him know what you think!

DJ’s powerpack is participating in the PowerGUI Challenge 2010. Got a great powerpack idea? Take part in the contest!

Formatted PowerShell everywhere

Getting PowerShell scripts with syntax highlight and line numbers into your blog, Word document or Outlook email is now easier than ever before! Once you download Karl Mitschke‘s Copy to Colorized HTML add-on, extract it to the modules folder and select it in the PowerShell Libraries dialog box, you’ll get Edit / Copy As / Colorized HTML (Ctrl-H) command  added to PowerGUI Script Editor menu.

Select the script, click the command, then paste the code into your email, document or other rich text control editor such as Live Writer.

Note, that this add-on is different from the native Copy As / HTML functionality which puts into clipboard plain text with HTML tags – this you would paste into HTML editing window of your blog, Karl’s add-on output – into a rich text editor. Nice complementary pieces of functionality. Now we got everything covered!

Karl’s add-on is participating in the PowerGUI Challenge 2010. Got a great add-on idea? Take part in the contest!

3rd PowerGUI Challenge Begins

Create a PowerPack or PowerGUI Editor Add-On, post it, become famous and win prizes! And obviously have lots of PowerShell fun along the way. 🙂 These are the key rules of the 3rd annual PowerGUI Challenge.

The contest has just started and will last till November, 15th. Just like in all previous years, there is an amazing panel of judges (Jeffrey Snover, Hemant Mahawar, Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks, Shay Levy, Brandon Shell, Aleksandar Nikolic, Marco Shaw, Kirk Munro, and myself), great prizes (up to $1000! Thank you Quest Software. ;)) and blog posts from us promoting each entry and participant.

However, unlike previous years, this time you got to chose how you want to participate. You can do so by creating either:

  • A PowerPack – extention to the PowerGUI administrative console – PowerShell-based GUI to manage a particular platform (for ideas, see last year winners list or browse PowerGUI Library), or
  • A PowerGUI Script Editor Add-On – adding whatever functionality you have always wanted to have in the script IDE of your dream (for ideas, see the add-ons we already have in our library).

Or both. Or a few of both – we have prizes for the most active participants too.

Keep in mind that the earlier you start posting  your creations to – the more feedback and suggestions you get, so the bigger are your chances of winning the contest!

Here are a few links to help you get started:

Plus, we are always there to help! Just post your questions to the forum here. Don’t wait! Enter the contest now! 🙂

    Winners of PowerPack Challenge 2009

    Susan has posted the resuls of the PowerGUI scripting contest we had last month and it was so intense that we ended up with 5 winners instead of 3!

    So, without further ado… let me open this envelope… and announce that the winners are… 😉

    Most Active Participant ($1000 Amazon certificate) – Adam Murray – IIS7 Powerpack.

    Second Most Active Participant ($500 Amazon certificate) – Shannon Ma – NetPoint PowerPack for Windows Management

    Best PowerPack ($1000 Amazon certificate) – Alan Renouf – Virtu-Al.Net VMware Virtual Infrastructure / vSphere scripts

    Honorable Mention and $250 Amazon certificates:

    If you are one of the winners (congratulations!) you will get contacted shortly with details on how you will be able to get the prize.

    The competition this year was increadibly intense and all the winning PowerPacks are just great and well worth checking out.

    Systems Management with NetPoint and PowerGUI

    Need a simple and affordable way to manage your Windows systems in batch? Shannon Ma from NetPoint has just posted a free PowerPack which integrates with NetPoint PowerShell interfaces and lets you easily inventory your network.

    The PowerPack can work with both free and commercial version of NetPoint (guess, which one gives you more functionality ;)) and provides a great way to collect various information from computers on your network, as well as install/unistall software, do restarts, run commands, and so on – all in all about 30 various tasks:

    Read more, leave your feedback and download the PowerPack here.

    Is IIS 7 Console Based on PowerShell?

    Now it is. However, this is not the native management console coming with IIS, but a free PowerPack which Adam Murray posted here.

    Not only you can see (and modify) the PowerShell code behind everything the tool is doing, you will enjoy just using the console and all the great features it has, including for example:

    • Create, rename, copy and delete application pools
    • Configure all app pool properties
    • Create, rename, copy and delete web sites
    • Create, rename, copy and delete ftp sites
    • Set various site properties
    • View and manage worker processes
    • View and manage IIS services
    • Manage site bindings
    • Creates the various enum types from the IIS schema to allow the use of dropdowns for configuring properties

    To learn about all its features, see screenshots and download the actual tool go to the IIS 7 powerpack page.

    And don’t forget about other great PowerPacks Adam have created in the past for WebSphere MQ and SQL Reporting Services PowerPack.

    3 days left to submit your PowerPack

    What are you waiting for? Install PowerGUI, watch this video, follow this tutorial, create the PowerPack of your dream and win one of the prizes!

    This is really easy, fun, and a great way to have your own IT dreams (and dreams of many IT professionals out there in the community) come true.

    The deadline is November 15. Details can be found here.

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