Last Tuesday I blogged about the great free scripting tools from Sapien. Well here’s another set of free tools/modules/call them what you will, from Microsoft.
The Windows 7 Resource Kit PowerShell Pack! From the Microsoft MSDN Code Gallery:
The Windows 7 Resource Kit PowersShell Pack is a collection of Windows PowerShell scripts included with the Resource Kit. The PowerShell Pack comes in the form of several Windows PowerShell modules, each containing anywhere from 3 to 600 functions.
To get started with the PowerShell pack, run InstallPowerShellPack.cmd from the directory on the CD, open up Windows PowerShell, and run Import-Module PowerShellPack . After you run this command, you will have hundreds of PowerShell scripts loaded to play with.
The Windows 7 Resource Kit PowerShell Pack contains 10 modules to do all sorts of interesting things with PowerShell. Import-Module PowerShellPack actually imports 10 modules for you to use. Here’s a brief overview of each of the modules.
|WPK||Create rich user interfaces quick and easily from Windows PowerShell. Think HTA, but easy. Over 600 scripts to help you build quick user interfaces|
|TaskScheduler||List scheduled tasks, create or delete tasks|
|FileSystem||Monitor files and folders, check for duplicate files, and check disk space|
|IsePack||Supercharge your scripting in the Integrated Scripting Environment with over 35 shortcuts|
|DotNet||Explore loaded types, find commands that can work with a type, and explore how you can use PowerShell, DotNet and COM together|
|PSImageTools||Convert, rotate, scale, and crop images and get image metadata|
|PSRSS||Harness the FeedStore from PowerShell|
|PSSystemTools||Get Operating System or Hardware Information|
|PSUserTools||Get the users on a system, check for elevation, and start-processaadministrator|
|PSCodeGen||Generates PowerShell scripts, C# code, and P/Invoke|
While you might not use all of these modules in every situation, they represent solid families of commands you can use in any PowerShell scripts you like. The examples below should also help you start to “think in PowerShell”. Most of the tasks you will do in Powershell will not use a single command, but will instead combine many commands in one or more pipelines to get the job done. Each step of these pipelines is a rich object, with properties, methods, and events. This set of commands gives you a number of tools for working with some rich objects that were already lying in the operating system, just waiting for you to discover.