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Earlier this week Nathan Mercer (Technology Advisor for Microsoft) gave me a brief look at the new Powershell Integrated Scripting Environment available with Windows Server 2008 R2.  ISE allows you to run commands and write, test, and debug scripts in a Windows GUI.  It also has multi-line editing, tab completion, syntax coloring, selective execution and context-sensitive help.  The best thing about it from my perspective is that it is great for demos of R2 Active Directory Powershell cmdlets.  Basically, it provides a much nicer view than the powershell command line and the selective execution allows you to pre-load all the commands you need (and save them in a Powershell data file), so that you don’t have to type them in front of a whole bunch of people! 

Powershell ISE

ISE is installed as a feature.  You can use server manager to install ISE, but if you want to go the Powershell route, try the following commands:

> Import-module ServerManager

> Add-WindowsFeature Powershell-ise

To use the feature and launch the GUI simply type the following at the Powershell command prompt:

> ise


Wow, looking at the site I see that I haven’t been blogging for the past two months.  I have a good excuse – I was away for 5 weeks on holiday in Europe.  And since then I’ve been catching up with various things and trying to get prepared for a couple of speaking gigs.

First up is a session on What’s new in Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory for the Wellington Infrastructure User Group.  It starts at 5pm on Tuesday 8th September 2009.  Microsoft are hosting and they usually provide beer and pizza, so it’s worth coming along for that, if nothing else.

The second is a break-out session at Microsof Teched in Auckland on Wednesday 16th:

SVR203 Best practices for upgrading Active Directory to Windows Server 2008 R2

Presenter: Tony Murray


Wed 9/16 | 12:10-13:25 | New Zealand Room 1

If you’re going to Teched come along and say hello, even if you can’t make the session (it is, after all, the day after TechFest).