Confessions of a Powershell Evangelist

March 5, 2008 at 4:03 PMAndy Schneider

For the last year or so I have been trying to get people I work with excited about Powershell. Some people love it right away, but for others, it is a bit overwhelming. That being said, I had an interesting experience the other day. In order to set the context of this, I must confess something.  I have not been a big fan of PowerGui. My attitude was always something like this: "PowerShell is a SHELL, not a GUI, and the last thing in the world that I need is yet another GUI application."

Don't get me wrong here. It's not that I thought PowerGui is a bad application, its just that I personally didn't see the value in it for me and what I was doing with Powershell on a daily basis.

In spite of my point of view, I let my team know that PowerGui had RTM'd and forwarded a link to my co-workers.

Within about an hour I got an email from one of our Operations guys that included the following:

 

"Dude, this is fricking AWESOME, I installed it with the Active Directory Quest management pack and E2K7 Management tools (32bit) on a Windows 2003 R2 box. Super sweet!"

 

After reading that my attitude about PowerGui started to change :) Another 4 or 5 hours go by and I get another email from the same person:

 

"WOW, I have being playing with some of the AD and E2K7 stuff, this tool kicks so much butt !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

 

I would like end my confession with an apology to Dimitry and the rest of the PowerGui crew.  I just wish I had started telling people about it earlier. You guys have created an awesome tool and it has absolutely helped me in getting more people in my organization using Powershell. Thank you very much for your hard work and all that you give to the Powershell Community.

By the way, I have been a die hard fan of the Quest AD Cmdlets from the very beginning.

As we - the Powershell Community - work together to get people on board with Powershell, we must remember and realize that what works well for us as individuals may not work well for others and vice versa. We must be able to step into the shoes of people we are working with, understand their concerns, and help them solve their problems, (with Powershell of course.)

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Well said..

I don't use PowerGUI myself (as I prefer the command line), but it can be a great tool to demonstrate what the differences between PowerShell and other commandlines are (showing the rich data returned by scripts and cmdlets).  Also, it comes with a nice free script editor as an alternative to the editor included in PS+, or PrimalScript, or the Admin Script Editor.


Thanks for the great content.

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I have been writing bits and pieces on this topic for quite some time now so it is really exciting to see using PowerShell for server admin picking up stream.


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Jason Jystad
Jason Jystad says:

I quite like PowerGUI. But I have to admit, I only use the script editor. I just can't stand working on scripts for more than one-off use without some sort of syntax highlighting.

I have it on my task list to explore the rest of the tool, I just haven't had time. Maybe I need to make time.

Oh, and the AD cmdlets rock. Smile

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How do you even get started learning how to use power shell and what yu can use it for?

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xoxo I totally love Justin

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I checked out a little something related to your post via google news... I was interested and began looking around, then somehow landed at this site... at any rate, I think that I agree with what you talk about here. But I'm going to go see what additional information I can find as well.

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