Announced: PowerShell to Ship in Windows Server (Longhorn)!!!!

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The rate of PowerShell adoption has been quite stunning.  We've all been amazed by the momentum.  Here are a few datapoints:

  • We have had well over 400,000 downloads of Windows PowerShell since we released in November!  
  • We are up to eight books in the US, 2 more in Japan and at least 2 in the works for Germany.
  • We continue to have new partners developing new products based on PowerShell from Quest Software, /n Software, PowerGadgets and Full Armor.

I'm here at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) in San Diego and the momentum is growing!

  • Quest Software announced further development of two new free products that leverage PowerShell:  Active Directory cmdlets (tools) for managing Active Directory and PowerGUI, a GUI based tool for working with PowerShell cmdlets and writing PowerShell scripts.  They'll be demoing these in my talk tomorrow.  Find out more at and 
  • /n software ( announced PowerShell Remoting which provides a secure, remoting solution for Windows PowerShell based on SSH that provides interactive, object-based remoting and remoting to non-Windows devices and operating systems. While the first version of Windows PowerShell provides native support for remoting via WMI, it does not provide interactive remoting for other Windows data sources such as the registry or certificates.  /n Software has also previously announced NetCmdlets which provides extensive networking management capabilities via cmdlets.

And now for the biggie:

  • At the Microsoft Management Summit in San Diego today we announced that Windows PowerShell will be included in Windows Server code-named “Longhorn” and will be available in Beta 3 of “Longhorn”.   That's right, Windows Server will ship with PowerShell!

It's a pretty big day for us in the PowerShell world. 


Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]
Windows Management Partner Architect
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  • Whatever happened to this? I was so interested in it but it never did come with the shipment as far as I can find and now no one ever talk about it anymore.

  • It shipped with Window Server 08.


  • I was curious about it as well thanks for the update!

  • Dupa 400.000 de descarcari si dupa ce a devenit unealta principala de management pentru Exchange Server

  • Awesome, thanks for the update.

  • Powershell is pretty cool, easy to learn but difficult to master

  • pretty good - thanks for the update

  • who said linux is better than windows servers

  • i have using windows server for about 3 years even when it was named windows .net and it was the most stable system, the last year i had to change to win xp 64 tho

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  • I agree with Joel's post...Jeffrey just flat out spits the truth.  Powershell is a potential game changer.  I haven't seen anything like it, ask Frank at CitiGroup

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Announced: PowerShell to Ship in Windows Server (Longhorn)!!!!