Do I need to say it again? If you haven’t figured out by now, Microsoft is shifting from GUI administration to command-line administration. Not saying that all GUI administration is going away, but PowerShell is the now and is the future. With the new Microsoft wave, PowerShell is the main administration tool and even the GUI tools are written on top of PowerShell. Active Directory 2008 R2, Exchange 2007/2010, CS 2010 (next release of OCS) will utilize PowerShell heavily!
For all the GUI Admins out there kicking and screaming (I am one of them), it is time to realize that if you want to stay ahead of the curve (of just keep up) it is time to learn and use PowerShell in your everyday work.
Here are some resources to help you get started…
- Windows PowerShell v2.0 Reference – A fantastic place to get started
- Quest PowerShell Cmdlets – This is a FREE download and I can’t say enough about these!!! Every admin should download these and start using them.
- Microsoft Script Center – GREAT resource of already created scipts for lots of products
- CS 2010 PowerShell Resource Blog
- Visual PowerShell Bing Search
Being a self-proclaimed GUI Admin, I am starting to force myself to use PowerShell for everyday tasks. It is definitely working. In the near future, I will be posting some of my PowerShell scripts that I have created to help myself learn. Stay tuned…