Links to Powershell Websites, Utilities and Books

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PowerShell 5.1 Windows Management Framework 5.1 for Windows 7 SP 1, Windows 8.1, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 2012, Windows 2012 R2 - released 2017-01-19

PowerShell 5.0 - Windows Management Framework 5.0 for Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 SP1 - released 2016-02-24

For Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 updates to PowerShell are provided via Windows Update (Anniversary Edition).

PowerShell versions and OS compatibility:

PowerShell Version older Windows 7 gold Windows 2008 Sp2 Windows 7 Sp1 / 2008 R2 Sp1 Win 2012 Windows 8.1 Server 2012 R2 Windows 10 / Server 2016
PowerShell 5.0       Yes Yes Yes Yes DEFAULT
PowerShell 4.0       Yes Yes DEFAULT    
PowerShell 3.0     Yes Yes        
PowerShell 2.0 + SDK XP/2003 / 2008 /Vista DEFAULT (installable option) Yes          
PowerShell 1.0 Default in Server 2008              

Active Directory Management Gateway (Web Service) - for Windows 2003, 2008, 2008 R2 (release notes)

Additional Cmdlets:

Active Directory cmdlets (Import-Module ActiveDirectory)
DNS Server Cmdlets (Import-Module DnsServer)
Exchange 2010 cmdlets
Print Management Cmdlets (Import-Module PrintManagement) Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2
Server Manager Cmdlets (Import-Module Servermanager) - Add/Remove Windows Features.
SQL Server 2008 (Import-Module "sqlps" -DisableNameChecking) Extensions for SQL 2008 R2
Third party:
Carbon - A DevOps PowerShell module for automating the configuration of Windows
Quest/Dell - AD cmdlets
PowerShell Community Extensions - Additional cmdlets, providers, aliases, filters, functions and scripts
PSAlphaFS - Support file paths longer than 256 characters.

Scripts and examples:

Script Repository - From the Microsoft Script centre
PowerShellGallery - Modules and scripts, from Microsoft Corporation
PowerShell 3.0 quick reference guide - Microsoft
PowerShell Style Guide - by Don Jones, Matt Penny, Carlos Perez, Joel Bennett and the PowerShell Community.
Command Line Kung Fu - PowerShell, CMD and Bash scripting examples
Getting Started Guide - MSDN
ServerFault - powershell Q&A
Rob van der Woude - Powershell example scripts


PowerShell Blog - PowerShell team
Active Directory Powershell Blog - MSDN
The PowerShell Guy - Kirk Munro
FP Schultze - PowerShell blog
PoshoHolic - PowerShell blog
Dmitry Sotnikov - Dmitry Sotnikov
Otto Helweg - Management & Instrumentation
Keith Hill - Keith Hill

Search Microsoft Knowledge base

Recommended Books.

Learn Powershell in a month of lunches Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches
by Dom Jones and Jeffery Hicks Move systematically through the techniques and features of PowerShell.

cookbook Windows PowerShell 3.0 Cookbook
by Lee Holmes, (one of the PowerShell team developers) - Hundreds of tested scripts that you can use right away to get Microsoft's new tool working for you. Also checkout Lee's blog which has more handy tips. Sample scripts

powershell in action Windows PowerShell in Action
by Bruce Payette, one of the founding members of the Windows PowerShell team, co-designer of the PowerShell language.
As several Amazon reviewers say "don't get this as your first PowerShell book" but it is the definitive how and why reference for everything PowerShell.

8 page quick reference PDF (cheat sheet) by Bruce Payette - free but requires registration

Windows PowerShell course book
by Frank Koch
- A free Windows PowerShell booklet available for download, translated from German.

Powershell Software

Console 2 - Windows console emulator for CMD and/or PowerShell (review)
ConEmu-Maximus5 - Windows console emulator for CMD and/or PowerShell (review)
Chocolatey - A Package Manager - like an apt-get for Windows.
PowerShell Plus - IDE + script library (free)
PS-Agnoster - An Agnoster theme for PowerShell
PrimalTools - A free GUI form builder for PowerShell (XML).
Admin Script Editor - Add GUI forms to PowerShell (45 day trial)
Powershell WMI Explorer - The PowerShell guy
PSScriptAnalyzer - Provides script analysis and checks for potential code defects. - Addons including the free PowerGUI editor
Sapien PowerShell studio - Editor and GUI Designer
Wasp - A PowerShell snapin for Windows Automation - select windows and send mouse/keyboard events.


Windows cmd utilities & Books can be found on the Windows Links page
Usenet group-
TechNet forum - WinServerPowerShell
SS64 - PowerShell Discussion Forum

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