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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

Enjoy!

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