Windows PowerShell – What it is and How it works?

While many, rather most of us, know about the Command Prompt, a few of us know about the PowerShell. Although it is intended to replace the Command Prompt, but Windows PowerShell is much powerful a tool than the Command Prompt.

In simple words, Windows PowerShell is an automation platform and scripting language for Windows and Windows Server that enables you to simplify the management of your systems. It delivers more power and control over the Windows operating systems as compared to the other text-based shells. If you are not already aware of the term “shell”, let me have the privilege to define what a shell is. In computer science, a shell is referred to an user interface that makes various services of an operating system accessible. It can be based on command-line or it can include a graphical user interface (GUI).

Windows PowerShell in a Nutshell

As you must have known from the name,Windows PowerShell is a shell developed by Microsoft to serve the purposes of task automation and configuration management. This shell leverages the .NET framework, providing a vast set of built-in functionality for taking control of your Windows environments.

The shell comprises of a command-line and a scripting language. The two major features of this Windows tool are as follows:

PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC): A platform designed for testing and ensuring the declarative state of a system. DSC allows the scaling of complex deployments across environments while enabling collaboration of management. It also checks and corrects for any configuration drift.

PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE): A Windows application to support increased usage of PowerShell for beginners and experts alike. The ISE is a graphical user interface that offers you the ease to create different scripts without having to type all the commands in the command line. It consists of many features including a built-in editor for writing and testing scripts, a full IntelliSense tab and support for right-to-left languages.

The PowerShell was first released in November 2006 for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista. Windows PowerShell 5.0, the latest version of PowerShell, is delivered by default with Windows 10.

What You Can Do With PowerShell

Windows PowerShell has been designed to automate and quickly solve a lot of tedious administration tasks. It is particularly helpful for network administrators who are working with Active Directory. It can help you set a time consuming task to run in the background while you perform other tasks. PowerShell lets you identify and kill processes that are not responding or allows you to filter out specific information in a network and export it in HTML. PowerShell comes with hundreds of customizable commands, called cmdlets, and can simplify repetitive tasks just by creating scripts and combining multiple commands together.

Where to Find PowerShell in Windows 10?

Use Cortana to search it for you. Type “”PowerShell”” in Cortana’s search taskbar and click the Windows PowerShell search result. You can also use Windows 10 Start Menu and navigate to the Windows PowerShell folder. The folder contains shortcuts for both PowerShell and PowerShell ISE.

PowerShell allows you to do a lot more than that can be illustrated in a single article. The degree to which PowerShell can help you become more productive is unprecedented. Therefore, if you want to learn more about it and increase your productivity, we strongly recommend you to take a Live Online Classroom training on Windows PowerShell.

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