Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell

PowerShell Team

MOW is now posting the details of his Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell demo that he performed at my TechEd talk.  This is worthwhile for everyone to review.  For the people at the talk, we covered a huge amount of data in a very short time so it would be worth while to walk through the details.  For everyone else, the point we were making was that while the optimal world is one where every team on the planet has written Cmdlets giving you the best scripting experience, this world will not be delivered in V1.0.  That doesn’t mean that you are stuck.  I showed how this was not a problem because Windows PowerShell embraces and extends the existing scripting worlds.  It can do TEXT based scripting, it can do COM based scripting (these along give you the vast bulk of the capabilities of today’s scripting worlds but its better because you can leverage our utility and formating cmdlets).  I then made the point that in addition to these, Windows PowerShell also gives you the ability to script against .NET itself giving you access to a very nice, very large, and rapidly growing set of functions.

In V1.0, we don’t have Cmdlets for managing Active Directory (AD).  MOW showed how you can leverage Windows PowerShell’s ability to script .NET directly to manage AD while still taking advantage of our rich utilities and formating.  Check out Part 1 of the details at:

Jeffrey Snover
Windows PowerShell Architect

PSMDTAG:FAQ: How do I manage Active Directory?
PSMDTAG:FAQ: How do I manage AD?
PSMDTAG:PHILOSOPHY: Take advantage of what is available (in this case DOTNET).


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