Microsoft announced Release Candidate 2 of PowerShell earlier this week, a new command-line shell and task-based scripting technology that provides comprehensive control and automation of system administration and management of applications that run in Windows. Windows PowerShell helps accelerate automation and is easy for organizations to learn and to use. The final product is supposed to be released at the end of 2006.
In this release, there are several downloads available depending on your operating system and system configuration. The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
- Windows PowerShell 1.0 RC2 for WindowsXP-x86
- Windows PowerShell 1.0 RC2 for WindowsXP-x64
- Windows PowerShell 1.0 RC2 for WindowsServer2003-x86
- Windows PowerShell 1.0 RC2 for WindowsServer2003-x64
- Windows PowerShell 1.0 RC2 for WindowsServer2003-ia64
Please visit Microsoft's KB Article 925228 for a detailed information about the package downloads and configuring PowerShell in your target machine.
Windows PowerShell allows Windows administrators to be more productive by providing system administration utilities, consistent syntax, and improved navigation of common management data such as the registry or Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).The Windows PowerShell language is intuitive and supports your organization?s existing scripts and command line tool investments. Exchange Server 2007 and System Center Operations Manager 2007 will leverage Windows PowerShell to provide improved command line automation.