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PowerGUI 3.1 Released!

What a better way to get closer to the weekend than getting a new version of PowerGUI? 🙂 And here it is now available for download at

New in PowerGUI free – PowerGUI on a USB key!

Now you don’t have to install PowerGUI on a computer on which you want to use it. Instead, PowerGUI can create a USB drive with a portable version of the product!

To use the feature:

  1. Insert the flash drive with ~ 80 MB of free space into a USB port,
  2. In PowerGUI Script Editor, run the following command in the PowerShell Console panel:

& "$PGHome\InstallPortable.ps1"

Fixes and Improvements

A lot of them. To name just a few of my favorites:

  • You can now close the Welcome tab if you don’t need it,
  • Script Editor starts faster,
  • Large scripts are much faster to debug,
  • File / Search Online dialog box can now find a PowerShell script by the name of the script author!

New in PowerGUI Pro

And we have even more goodies for our Pro users! You guys have already had ability to compile PowerShell scripts to exe files, now with 3.1 you can also compile them into real Windows Services!

Download new PowerGUI at and let us know what you think!


Enter-PSSession now working in PowerGUI

With 2.3 release we have finally implemented interactive remoting – so now you can use Enter-PSSession and Exit-PSSession right in the PowerGUI Script Editor. This is very handy in the PowerShell Console pane, when you want to quickly interactively connect to a remote server.

Enter-PSSession - interactive PowerShell remoting in PowerGUI Script Editor

We have long had support for other forms of remoting (New-PSSession, Invoke-Command, and so on) – now we finally are closing the loop with the addition of interactive remoting.

Learn more about what’s new in PowerGUI 2.3 and download it here!

What’s New in AD cmdlets 1.4

Don’t get confused by the version number – this is a major update to the free QAD cmdlets adding significant new functionality and making Active Directory management from PowerShell easier than ever before.

Here is a quick list of what is new in this release.

You can read more about each cmdlet and parameter by following the corresponding links – or waiting till I blog about all the new functionality throughout the coming weeks.

32 new cmdlets!

Certificate and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) management

Email address management

Auxiliary cmdlets for Progress Bar and Inactive Account Reporting

20 New Parameters

Parameters Added for Cmdlets

































ResolveForeignSecurityPrincipals Get-QADObject
Control Add-QADGroupMember











































SearchRoot parameter now accepting arrays

This lets you retrieve objects from multiple containers with one call. The change affects the following cmdlets:

  • Get-QADComputer
  • Get-QADGroup
  • Get-QADObject
  • Get-QADPasswordSettingsObject
  • Get-QADUser
  • Get-QARSAccessTemplate
  • Get-QARSAccessTemplateLink
  • Get-QARSWorkflowDefinition
  • Summary

    To get full list of all QAD cmdlets please see AD cmdlets online reference.

    Download AD cmdlets 1.4 here and let us know what you think.

    New in PowerGUI 2.1 – Charts

    Now you can have your plots, pie charts, bar charts and many other kinds of graphics for your data displayed instead of the data grid view or right next to it right inside the PowerGUI Administrative Console:

    This turns PowerGUI into a great reporting and data visualization tool.

    Check out the video, download PowerGUI 2.1 and let us know what you think.

    PowerGUI 2.1 is available

    If you have not downloaded the new version yet – do it now. This is one of the most exciting ‘minor’ releases we have ever had!

    There are multiple improvements (editor performance got even better!) and bugfixes, plus a few very important features:

    Charts: Admin console now has built in charting so with a few clicks you can change the grid into a chart or make them display side by side.

    Custom html pages: Any node can now display your custom HTML or MHT file instead (or next to) the data grid. This lets you add some branding or help information to your powerpacks.

    Script Editor SDK: Create add-ons adding custom panes, menu items, toolbar buttons, event handlers, or append/redeifine any of our editor and debugger functionality!

    These are very exciting and each deserves a separate blog post – which is exactly what I am planning to do in the next few days. Stay tuned for the posts. Download PowerGUI 2.1 now!

    PowerGUI Pro with MobileShell Released

    The final code and trial keys are now freely available at

    As I mentioned previously, this is essentially the same as free PowerGUI 2.0 available from but has version control for PowerShell scripts and MobileShell (PowerShell in a browser including full support for Linux, Mac, iPhone, etc.)

    Thanks to everyone who helped beta-test this great release. Give it a try – go to the PowerGUI Pro page, download the final code, get a free trial license, and hopefully buy the product.

    New in PowerGUI 2.0: Snapshots

    Our free PowerShell tool just got its version 2.0 release and besides multiple bugfixes and improvements a great new feature: Configuration Snapshots.

    The way snapshots work is really similar to what you find in virtualization tools. At any time you can create a Snapshot and this will effectively make PowerGUI Admin Console save a copy of the current state of all your nodes, actions, PowerPacks and so on so if you mess up with your experiments you have a checkpoint to which you can revert:

    Besides that we automatically create a new snapshot each time you install or upgrade a PowerPack so you have an ability to roll these changes back.

    But wait, there is more!

    You can select any two snapshots and view a detailed report on what exactly changed between them:

    Or even open a previous snapshot in PowerGUI Admin Console side-by-side with the current state:

    We hope this makes your experience on working with PowerGUI Admin Console and authoring (and using) PowerPacks much more enjoyable!

    You can read about some of bugfixes based on community feedback in our release notes.

    Download PowerGUI 2.0 and let us know what you think!

    PowerGUI 1.9.6 Released

    The most popular free PowerShell tool has just got even better! 🙂 We have released version 1.9.6 of PowerGUI, and both the script IDE and the admin console got nice additions.

    The script editor and debugger now has automated recovery. Basically we automatically save your work in our temporary files like Microsoft Office does (the frequency can by set in Options) and if for some reason you experience a crash or accidentally pull the plug from the wall or your kid presses that shutdown button – next time you start the editor your scripts will all be there!

    In administrative console, we have improved custom deployment scenario – in which you want to deploy to your end users PowerGUI with specific set of PowerPacks and custom rebranded welcome screen. Now in addition to the silent install options, PowerGUI’s redirections.xml file (located for each user in %appdata%\Quest Software\PowerGUI) can contain paths (including UNC) to the welcome page (in MHT format) and any number of PowerPacks.

    And obviously there is a significant number of smaller improvements and fixes for the issues reported by you on the community forums.

    Download the new release now from the web site or wait for about a week till we push it through autoupdate.

    AD Cmdlets 1.3 RTMed

    Late last week we released to the web the latest version (1.3) of our free Active Directory cmdlets (also known as QAD-cmdlets, widely used by tens of thousands admins and compatible with more or less any version of Active Directory or ADAM/ADLDS).

    You can read more about the cmdlets in this PDF guide, or online reference.

    This is a significant update with some 14 new cmdlets, 24 new parameters, 43 enhanced ones, and a few bugs fixed (not that we had any really ;))

    Detailed What’s New information can be found on page 19 of the PDF guide and in my upcoming blog posts. Download the new AD cmdlets now and let us know what you think by posting to the AD PowerShell discussion forum!

    What’s new in PowerGUI 1.9.5

    Yesterday we shipped the latest release of PowerGUI – the most popular PowerShell IDE and Admin console out there. 😉 Both components got improved.

    Administrative console now has:

    • Ability to automatically check for PowerPack updates when it starts – so if you are a PowerGUI user you can now be sure that all your PowerPacks (PowerGUI addons from PowerGUI library or any other intranet/internet location) are up to date.
    • Improved grid performance – we are now much faster when displaying large datasets (a lot of objects with many properties.)
    • Progress bars – you can use write-progress cmdlet in your PowerPack code to display progress bar for long operations.

    Script Editor and Debugger:

    • Also write-progress support – see Alan’s video on how nice it is compared to the one on native blue window. 😉
    • Customizable tab settings: You can have all tabs in the editor replaced with specified number of spaces. On the Tools menu, click Options, then on the Text Editor tab select whether you want to substitute tabs with spaces and the number of spaces.
    • Support the prompt function in the PowerShell Console window: if you have customized your PowerShell prompt – we will now use your custom prompt in our console pane.
    • Collapse regions in the Admin console or the Script Editor: all regions are collapsed when reopening a file or a script.

    And we have obviously fixed a bunch of issues reported at our community forums.

    Download PowerGUI 1.9.5 from the website today or wait about a week till we turn on automated updates for existing customers.

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