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PowerShell review by William L.
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"Powershell, improved command console"

What do you like best?

Powershell is the evolution of the old Windows console but with many improvements, in fact as a Linux user I have found many similarities with the shell that includes any Linux OS by default and I have loved because they have chosen to choose the best and implement it in Windows. This shell is implemented by default in the version of Windows 10 and is a full version.

It is possible to make automatic administration scripts using the language of this shell very similar to the linux script, I found it very useful for example to be able to make applications with this language in a simple way, for example in just one line of code we can create a application that allows the massively rename of all the files that are in a given directory.

The handling of user input messages also work very fast and with high compatibility, read for example the use of the ESC or ENTER keys through Powershell is very simple and it is possible to do it in a single line of code.

What do you dislike?

The default font that is included in Powershell I think could be better, due to the operation of the console always have to use monospaced fonts and the one that brings by default looks very bad with tabular data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend that you use Powershell on the Windows command console because it is much more powerful and also costs nothing to use it since Windows 10 is installed by default in the operating system. If you are a system administrator, the use of the new advanced Windows console is almost mandatory if you do not want to waste your time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Previously, the normal command console based on BATCH files (.bat) was used, which was very limited to perform administration tasks in Windows, any simple program required many lines of code to work. Powershell has improved a lot in this aspect and it is possible to make simple programs in only 20 lines of code.

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PowerShell review by Kiranmayee P.
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"The Best Scripting tool for both begineers and Professionals"

What do you like best?

Simple to use, user interface is easy to understand and work on. Pipeline facility is brilliant, so that we are able to merge multiple queries at a time. We can export the required data to text document and CSV (Comma seperated value) and excel sheets, to reduce manual work. Apart from that, If he have some advanced windows like 8/10 the powershell ise is free to use and it is inbuilt.

What do you dislike?

Hoping that in next versions, the power shell ise will be able to export also in many more different file extensions like database object file, publisher, accounting etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This powershell ise is free for all windows users. So, It's good for a begineer to use and develop and work on. Because no other scripting tools are free and not much effective like this power shell ISE.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating a Script based on business requirement and scheduling on weekly/monthly basis. Sending the error/bug mails automatically to shared mailboxes using the powershell ise. Sending Logfile emails automatically. Working and devloping scripts to reduce manual work on Excel.

What Other IT Management solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
PowerShell review by Juan M.
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"PowerShell is a modern and powerful tool"

What do you like best?

For people who use command lines from school, Powershell is a wonder. The language of the console is very complete It is very easy to learn and with great scope when it comes to IT administration. Powershell also allows you to control certain applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server or IIS.

What do you dislike?

I am a fan of Powershell. I do not have negative comments.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Powershell will replace the classic CMD in future versions of Windows. Take advantage and learn to use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is used to do administrative tasks in a very fast and simple way for system administrators. Powershell allows us to create custom names for different functions.

PowerShell review by Samanvitha M.
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"The Best Scripting Tool for task based work for Windows Operating System"

What do you like best?

The tool helps us to work on modules, to generate the required data in specific file extensions like txt, or Comma Separated Value (CSV), which helps a technical support operators to reduce manual work.

What do you dislike?

When the command is wrong/syntax error, (trouble shooting the command), some suggestions are not clear to understand like where we have a mistake, And hoping it should generate some more extension formats like DB, MF, etc, in next versions\updates.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This will be the free scripting software that everyone can found in their operating system if they have some windows8/10 platform. Easy to learn and working. Apart from that,According to me, this is the best scripting tool on behalf of my experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Task based works, Creating and scheduling a Script, reducing the manual works on Excel, Exporting and mailing the generated extracts everything done automated using this powershell ISE

PowerShell review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"Powershell is a solid tool for any IT Professional"

What do you like best?

I like the absolutely massive range of applications that Powershell can interact with and manage. Everything from Windows to the Exchange Cloud to SharePoint to Active Directory is fair game for Powershell. If it doesn't do it out of the box, there is probably a cmdlet extension of plugin that can give you the functions you're looking for.

What do you dislike?

I wish that the Powershell shell program came with the Office 365 cmdlet packages already installed. In the very cloud focused world nowadays, I am surprised that we don't already get the O365, Exchange, and SharePoint modules by default in Windows 10 Pro.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are a ton of online resources for Powershell. I would head to third party resources before tapping any Microsoft direct help sources. The Microsoft direct sources always seem to have some trouble. To make up for this, there are many highly active communities online.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We administer parts of our Exchange, O365 and SharePoint environments with Powershell. We also utilize Powershell for some unique active directory activities.

PowerShell review by Alan D.
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"All the power of .NET from your command line"

What do you like best?

This is a massive upgrade from the days of having to do batch files to do OS level things in Windows.

It also pulls in multiple paradigms. Friendly to both developers and system admins.

What do you dislike?

There can be six different ways to do things and you can mix all of them together. With this great power I mentioned above comes the responsiblity to make sure you don't mix paradigms and make a mess that is hard to understand.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pick a paradigm and stick with it across your team. Otherwise you will have a messy bit of code on your hands and it would be challenging to maintain.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm writing an installer that runs on Windows. Also my company is using it to deploy IIS applications and SQL Server database changes. It's our devops tool.

PowerShell review by User
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"Power shell Review"

What do you like best?

Power shell adds power, functionality and flexibility to the windows command prompt. It gives you the ability to run specific commands that are designed to run only on local networks if you are using remote function connection.

What do you dislike?

Power shell is object based and it can create some potential security risks. It also takes additional space on server. It requires you to run a web server on your server when utilizing remote functionality.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is developed by Microsoft so integrated more and more into Microsoft products and services. It is versatile and easy to administrate once you learn basics of scripting language. It is very fast. Even we can use power shell scripts for automating processes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Power shell is a task based windows command line shell and scripting language built on .NET. It helps system administrators and power users rapidly automate the tasks that manage operating systems and processes.

PowerShell review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"PowerShell is awesome"

What do you like best?

I love powershell because it helps me to figure out information from the machine I am using when you normally can't. I have used it to gather software lists, schedule tasks, create users, manage tasks etc. Really awesome. The colorful UI is also a breath of fresh air from the command prompt

What do you dislike?

There isn't much to dislike at all but you will see that you have a lot of stuff to learn if you're going to be using it. It will help you out where needed though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When in doubt, google powershell method.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As mentioned in the what I like best, there are numerous things I've been able to realize using this tool. Task management, device management, user management, folder management, and really anything cmd prompt related

PowerShell review by Alan G.
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"A super powerful tool for Windows management"

What do you like best?

With PowerShell I can navigate in the Windows registry, manage processes, delete files from directories, obtain information about the computer model, obtain IP addresses and many other things.

What do you dislike?

There are some commands syntax is really complicated and I must investigate how to use them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For a Windows administrator, this is a vital tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With PowerShell we carry out the management of users, devices and directories.

PowerShell review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Finally a command shell that I can use everyday"

What do you like best?

For someone who learned how to use commandline, Powershell is a breath of fresh air. Object based commands are a fundamental piece to successful command shells.

What do you dislike?

Profile management can be a pain if you have a roaming profile. This can be worked around fairly easily in a domain based environment (where roaming profiles are the most common).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

User management, quality assurance for setting permissions and provisioning accounts, providing mobile troubleshooting tools for support personnel.

PowerShell review by Larry W.
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"Better than I ever expected, and growing better every year"

What do you like best?

It's more than just a new version of a command shell. It's a full scripting environment that allows for interaction and complete programmability, allowing everything from simple tasks to full automation and devops management

What do you dislike?

When upgrading the version, older versions tend to stay around and become default, unless specified. It's rare that this happens, but I have seen it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to see this as more than just batch files. If you're able to, examine the integration with .NET tools and the extensibility available

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently doing deployments and management of Azure systems

In the past, have done full automation of SharePoint and TFS task management and reporting

PowerShell review by Administrator in Mining & Metals
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"Windows PowerShell: The Non-GUI handy tool"

What do you like best?

The best part is to work on platform if you love commands and syntax. Easy to implicate all the commands and also you can copy-past your regular commands easily.

What do you dislike?

The only thing which makes difficult from user perspective is you have to look and check very carefully and go through each word of the error message if any commands fails to run.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I user to deal with all the Exchange functionality like creation of Shared Mailbox and Adding/Deleting user from the group.

PowerShell review by User in Higher Education
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"Command Prompt taken to the next level "

What do you like best?

It lets you create your own commands and scripts and has a lot of neat functions and tools you can use.

What do you dislike?

The thing I dislike is Power Shell is not easy to use. I often have to research a lot of the commands and what they do.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Not easy to use for beginners, requires some development skills. Be patient when first using and do a lot of research of the commands and what they are suppose to do.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Power Shell in creating images for deployment. I use it to remove the bloat of apps that comes with Windows 10 and to export import Startlayout menu like I want it to be.

PowerShell review by Jacob T.
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"Super Powerful - Can Do Almost Anything"

What do you like best?

Extremely powerful, and far-reaching in its scope. I can manage the vast majority of our infrastructure from a PowerShell window on my desktop.

What do you dislike?

Can be a bit clunky and unintuitive. It can take a long time to get used to the syntax and the parameters for common cmdlets.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mass creation of users quickly, send out notices quickly, set reminders, manager computers and servers

PowerShell review by Victor C.
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"Microsoft Powershell is extremely powerful"

What do you like best?

Microsoft Powershell allows you to make changes that you can not make through the user interface. It also gives us the ability to schedule and manage tasks.

What do you dislike?

It can be really complicated to get used to the syntax, but it's not a problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The future of IT management is in the hands of Microsoft Powershell.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Through Microsoft Powershell we look for information, manage tasks, create users, among other things.

PowerShell review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Learn Powershell, you won't regret it"

What do you like best?

The list of things you can do with this software is astounding. If you learn it all it will be a miracle

What do you dislike?

Its complexity is both its strength and its weakness.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Essential for all Windows Administrators in Domain environments. You cannot be a Windows administrator and NOT use powershell. Not learning its features and gaining experience will severely curtail any IT workers career going forward.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Almost everything, user managment, user creation, mailbox managment, software installation, SCCM management - the list is long.

PowerShell review by Jordan S.
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"Love it!"

What do you like best?

I've found that I'm still learning new things every day, the language is extremely powerful and using it for scripting saves so much time

What do you dislike?

better management of snap-ins would be nice - but likely will become easier as i use it more

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start ASAP!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

management of office 365, exchange, and active directory are amazing, especially with scripting

PowerShell review by Administrator in Retail
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"The Future for Windows IT Administration "

What do you like best?

absurdly powerful scripting tool and language, gives IT the ability to make changes that cant be made via GUI, especially to a very large amount of users,devices or settings at one time in a scheduled controlled manner. Truly helps eliminate human error and increases productivity. KB articles are extensive,and built in help is fantastic

What do you dislike?

With each new version I become happier and happier with powershell. i have no complaints!

Recommendations to others considering the product

embrace it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Automation of user and device management as well as full access to settings and configurations that are not available via GUI

PowerShell review by Administrator
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"PowerTool"

What do you like best?

Best scripting tool by far. It's really awesome the level of automatization that you can get on Exchange and Active Directory using this tool. It's really great what Microsoft did when they added Office 365 support to it.

What do you dislike?

The only problem that I can think of is how hard it is to update PoweShell modules on Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stackoverflow to find scripts that you easily modify is the way to go.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mostly, automatization. It's helped us greatly with scripts to perform tasks automatically.

PowerShell review by Haydn M.
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"Extremely powerful tool"

What do you like best?

Ability to automate tasks and extract data

What do you dislike?

Not a dislike but can be complex when doing multiple tasks

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Automation of tasks

PowerShell review by User
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"Nice product!"

What do you like best?

Easy to use and the design is nice. Love it.

What do you dislike?

Need to add double quote to the cd command.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Git

PowerShell review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Best Shell Ever"

What do you like best?

Object-oriented scripting, with advanced features such as classes and access to .Net

What do you dislike?

Legacy plugins that have not been migrated to modules.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Flexible task automation and deployment.

PowerShell review by Administrator in Oil & Energy
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"Very powerful scripting language "

What do you like best?

That you can use any .Net method inside of PowerShell.

What do you dislike?

There isn't a great number of really good scripting interfaces.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check out Visual Studio Code with the PowerShell extension.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quicker than using a regular language, also can be used on different Windows platforms without much work.

PowerShell review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Strong language"

What do you like best?

Powershell is very strong scripting language

What do you dislike?

All is good with this language. Anthibg can be done

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Automatiing the monotonous tasks

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