Windows PowerShell – excellent screencast now available

Jeff Alexander is perfecting the art of screencasting and his latest adventure with Windows PowerShell is certainly well worth watching.  He stole my intro but it’s all good matey.  I think in return he needs to tell us where he snagged that cool spinning globe on his desktop.

So what is PowerShell you ask?

I would imagine a lot of you have at least heard of PowerShell.  If you aren’t a developer you’ve probably steered clear of it simply because it looks like complex code.  Fear not, it isn’t that complex.  Here’s the description from

Microsoft Windows PowerShell command line shell and scripting language helps IT professionals achieve greater control and productivity. Using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 130 standard command line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell allows IT professionals to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation. Windows PowerShell is easy to adopt, learn, and use, because it works with your existing IT infrastructure and existing script investments, and because it runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003. Windows PowerShell is now included as part of Windows Server 2008. Exchange Server 2007, System Center Operations Manager 2007, System Center Data Protection Manager V2, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager also leverage Windows PowerShell to improve administrator control, efficiency, and productivity.

Here’s the 20 minute screencast video Jeff created.  Jeff demonstrates some really cool tools so stick with him through the entire video. Double click the small window below while playing and it will go full screen.  If you want to download the video and watch it offline, right mouse click this link and SAVE AS to your local disk.

[NOTE]  I removed the embedded Silverlight player until Jeff changes the properties so that it doesn’t automatically download.  It’s causing too much overhead to my blog.  You can see the screencast at his blog link above, or the direct link to the video in the previous paragraph.

For more information on PowerShell, see the website at

See the TechNet Script Center at

Get PowerShell version 2 (CTP) @

Comments (2)

  1. I can attest to the greatness of JeffA! His Australian IT Pro blog is one of the best and he’s great to work with, having had the opportunity to do so twice at TechEd Australia. He and Michael Kleef are the only two guys to give Keith a run for his money when it comes to HW expertise.

    Great stuff about Powershell. I just completed did a 3-week tour of Canada where my co-presenter, Kirk Munro, did a terrific job covering Powershell….makes sense: he’s a Powershell MVP. He also created a GUI version of Powershell called, PowerGUI.

    Check out Kirk’s blog at:

  2. Ryan Russell says:

    Thanks for the link to the great screencast.  I too think we need to know about the spinning globe.

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