Friday, December 4, 2009

PowerShell version 2.0

PowerShell version 2.0 has been out for a while. Microsoft doesn't make it all that obvious, but it seems you can't just get PowerShell by itself.

Also, for Windows XP, you have to be on Service Pack 3, which, alas, I am not. My PeopleSoft servers are running Windows Server 2003, so I can get PowerShell v2 for them.

Anyway, you can download it here. It wasn't all that easy to find. I looked at the MSFT PowerShell Blog, and saw a "click here to download PowerShell" link right at the top. Good! So I follow the link, and does it get me to the download page? Nope. It's a list of links, none of which say anything about the final release of PowerShell 2.0. There are earlier versions, and some test releases of 2.0. There's one link labeled "lastest release," but that's to Windows Management Framework, not PowerShell. Little did I know, WMF includes PS. On a whim, I followed that link, and finally found myself on a download page.

Even on then, you have to scroll about 2/3 of the way down. Hey, Microsoft! If you want people to use this stuff, make it less confusing. Granted, PowerShell is not exactly aimed at the easily-confused, but still.

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