Does anyone know if/when powershell will be included with Windows server and/or Windows 7 standard? I want to know that this is going to be a Windows standard before I take the time to learn it.
PowerShell version 2 is included with Windows 7 and Server 2008. Microsoft has invested serious time and energy into making their products manageable with PowerShell. For instance, the GUI management of Exchange 2007 is built on top of PowerShell cmdlets. Each screen has a "copy to clipboard" link that will copy the PowerShell code for the underlying command the GUI is performing. More and more technologies from Microsoft (SQL, SCOM, etc.) are becoming PowerShell friendly. Furthermore, older technologies like WMI can be tapped into with PowerShell. One key new feature in PowerShell version 2 is remoting - the ability to run PowerShell commands against a remote machine as if you were running them on that machine. I highly suggest getting on board with this technology now as Microsoft is making every indication that this is where they are heading and in a quick way. Here are some great places to get started: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/management/powershell/default.mspx http://www.scriptinganswers.com http://www.powershellcommunity.org http://www.powershell.com
Lastly, there is a GREAT and FREE editor from the good folks at Quest Software. Take a look at PowerGUI at http://www.powergui.org/index.jspa