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How to Use PowerShell

PowerShell is ideal for corporate administrators who run complex management operations over large corporate networks. Rather than collating information about hundreds of different servers and services manually (which would take a long time), you can simply run a script on PowerShell to automatically feed information back to you.

Generally speaking, PowerShell is most beneficial to users who have prior experience with command lines. To use PowerShell, you can run a variety of cmdlets, scripts, executables, and .NET classes. For the purposes of this article, we’re mainly going to focus on cmdlets and scripts to help you come to grips with the fundamentals.

PowerShell vs Command Prompt

For many users, PowerShell is a better alternative to Command Prompt. The reason is that it simply has more horsepower. One of the biggest differences is that PowerShell uses cmdlets rather than commands. Cmdlets place registry management and Windows Management Instrumentation within the administrative reach of users. In contrast, Command Prompt is confined to much more simple commands.

There is some crossover in syntax between the two platforms as PowerShell will accept some command prompt commands like ipconfigtocd. However, these are known as aliases rather than cmdlets. Another key difference is that PowerShell is centered on objects. Every piece of data output from a cmdlet is an object rather than text. This makes it easier for the user to navigate their way around complex data. The inclusion of the .NET framework also enables PowerShell scripts to use .NET interfaces. In short, PowerShell is Command Prompt on steroids.