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Time Stamping Log Files

Per Ostergaard has an interesting blog entry HERE where he discusses the pros/cons of various options for date/time formatting for time stamping log files. He concludes the following worked best for him: "$(Get-Date –f o) Start logging" Let's see what that gives us: [0]PS> "$(Get-Date -f o) Start logging" 2007-05-19T12:20:18.2343750-07:...
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Replacing cmd.exe

Scott Fulton has an interesting PowerShell article over at Betanews: Why Can't PowerShell Be the Windows Command Prompt? He has a number of great quotes from Ian McDonald. Here are a couple of my favorites: In five years' time, McDonald believes, we'll all be able to look back and identify the "inflection point" where manageability of remote...
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The Virtuous Cycle: .NET Developers using PowerShell

I recently did an interview with Thomas Caywood of Redmond Developer Magazine about how .NET developers where finding PowerShell to be a useful tool for their development environments. I was pleased to see that he contacted a number of developers to get their stories and he included them in the article (HERE). If you think about the typical ...
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Microsoft Compute Cluster now has a PowerShell Provider and Cmdlets

Today the Compute Cluster group announced the release of their Tool Pack HERE. This includes a monitoring tool, a ping/pong diagnostic tool and (drum roll please……) a PowerShell Snap-in which provides a provider and a set of commands. I really like what they have done. I've include the text of their about file so that you can see for ...
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Microsoft Command Line Standard

The Microsoft Command Line Standard is now published HERE. I wrote the draft of this document (Dean Tsaltas did the editing) to define the operational standard for any command line tool independent of the technology that is implemented in. Clearly the preferred implementation is Windows PowerShell. There is no cheaper way to implement the ...
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RFC: Deprecating Parameters

Request For Comment One of our partners asked what the guidance was for a product that releases a cmdlet and then decides that they need to deprecate one or more of the parameters in a future release. We don't currently have guidance on this topic so I thought I would tell you what we were thinking of saying and then you can comment about ...

Windows PowerShell: The Definitive Guide

Lee Holmes' book is now complete and a "rough cut" is available HERE from O'Reilly. This is an early access program where you get access to the book in electronic format before it is completed all the editing passes. The nice thing about this book is that Lee takes a very task-oriented approach to the subject matter (seems appropriate for ...
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MS PowerShell for Linux?

ENJOY! http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2007-05-10-019-35-OS-SW-DV "Those that don't understand Windows are doomed to recreate it?"  :-) Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]Windows Management Partner ArchitectVisit the Windows PowerShell Team blog at:    http://blogs.msdn.com/PowerShellVisit the Windows PowerShell ...
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TUI – The Ultimate User Interface

Check out Tom Yager's article on TUI (Text User Interface) HERE. People from every corner of the industry are beginning to figure it out.  TEXT (CLI [Command Line Interface]) is your friend. I'm strongly believe that this is a GUI AND CLI issue not a GUI OR CLI issue.  It was a mistake to think that GUIs ever ...
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PowerShell Podcast on Microsoft Watch

I had an interview with Joe Wilcox from Microsoft Watch.  The podcast is available at: http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/podcasts/microsofts_power_play.html Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]Windows Management Partner ArchitectVisit the Windows PowerShell Team blog at:    http://blogs.msdn.com/PowerShellVisit the Windows PowerShell...
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