Q&A on Yours Truly for Microsoft Canadian Developers Connection

A couple of months ago I had a brief Q&A with the cdndevs guys over on blogs.msdn.com. It looks like it went live recently because I’ve been getting stopped in the streets and harassed for a photo etc. No, not really. But if you want to read, take a look over at http://blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs/archive/2009/02/12/mvp-insider-q-a-with-oisin-grehan.aspx ;-)

Anatomy of a PowerShell Module: The FileTransfer (BITS) Module

Some of you may have heard that CTP3 has support for transferring files from remote servers using BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) and quite possibly had a little dig around for it. It’s not easy to find as using “get-help BITS” will not return any help unless you’ve already loaded the module. Not a great win for discoverability, but hey, sometimes you just have to read the manual, expletive deleted. So, lets have a quick look at how this works.


So, ok, we can see we’ve got a module for FileTransfer (BITS), but where did this come from? Take a peek into $pshome\Modules to find out. This is the location for system-wide (global) modules. It rests under $PSHome, which is the home for PowerShell, in $env:systemroot\windowspowershell\v1.0.

Yes, even PowerShell v2 lives there. This is one of those unfortunate things whereby the team decided early on that they would support side-by-side versions of PowerShell, implying that v2 might not be backwards compatible with v1. This is reflected also in the choice of file extension: ps1. The extension ps2 would have been used for v2. This was probably a poor show of faith in their own abilities to design such a great version one product, because as it turns out, v1.0 was such an excellent release that they were able to build on it for v2 without compromising, or breaking backwards compatibility (apart from a couple of minor edge cases, mainly bugfixes). So, the end result is that future versions of PowerShell will inherit the $pshome, pay a little inheritance tax and hopefully avoid foreclosure :).

The files in the FileTransfer module directory are laid out as follows:


(Hey look! another built-in module – PSDiagnostics - I’ll leave that one for you guys to explore).

So, there are four files there. A ps1xml Format file, which tells PowerShell how to textually render the .NET objects returned by the Cmdlets. A psd1 Module Manifest file, which tells PowerShell what files comprise the Module and a binary DLL which in this case does NOT contain the Cmdlets, but instead is what’s called an “Interop Assembly.”  (sometimes known as Primary Interop Assemblies or PIAs, read about them here: Primary Interop Assemblies – there are subtle differences between IAs and PIAs, but not enough to warrant discussion here). Essentially this DLL lets .NET, and by extension, PowerShell, talk to the native COM APIs that wrap the BITS services on XP,Vista,Win7,Win 2003 and Win 2008. Lets take a peek into the Module Manifest:

  1. @{  
  2. GUID="{8FA5064B-8479-4c5c-86EA-0D311FE48875}" 
  3. Author="Microsoft Corporation" 
  4. CompanyName="Microsoft Corporation" 
  5. Copyright="c Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved." 
  6. ModuleVersion="" 
  7. Description="Powershell File Transfer Module" 
  8. PowerShellVersion="2.0" 
  9. CLRVersion="2.0" 
  10. NestedModules="Microsoft.BackgroundIntelligentTransfer.Management" 
  11. FormatsToProcess="FileTransfer.Format.ps1xml" 
  12. RequiredAssemblies=Join-Path $psScriptRoot "Microsoft.BackgroundIntelligentTransfer.Management.Interop.dll" 

If it looks like I just dumped a Hashtable out, you’re right. That’s all a manifest is: a Hashtable. Of course, the key names are important and in this case, lets take a look at two in particular, NestedModules and RequiredAssemblies.

The RequiredAssemblies key is responsible for actively loading .NET assemblies containing standard .NET types. It does not extract Providers and Cmdlets and add them to the runspace; this is what the other key, NestedModules, does. Like I said already, this DLL is the interop assembly. So where is the NestedModules loading that other module from? I don’t see any other DLLs in the directory, and I know there are no Cmdlets in that interop assembly. Lets take a peek at one of the Cmdlets itself and find out:


Aha, it’s reading it from the GAC. When PowerShell was installed, it must have installed this DLL there. This is the DLL that contains our Cmdlets. I know this is true because I used one of the Cmdlets to tell me where it lives. “GCM” is the alias for Get-Command which will get us metadata about any given command in PowerShell (including functions – new to v2).

So, lets use a one-liner to get the names of all the Cmdlets in this module, and the synopsis summary for the help:

  1. gcm -module filetransfer | % { $_ | select name, @{Name="Help";Expression={& $_ -? | select -expand synopsis }}} | convertto-html –fragment 

This yields the following:

Name Help
Add-FileTransfer Adds one or more files to an existing Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) t ransfer job.
Clear-FileTransfer Cancels a Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) transfer job.
Complete-FileTransfer Completes a Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) transfer job.
Get-FileTransfer Retrieves the associated BitsJob object for an existing Background Intelligent Transfe r Service (BITS) transfer job.
New-FileTransfer Creates a new Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) transfer job.
Resume-FileTransfer Resumes a Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) transfer job.
Set-FileTransfer Modifies the properties of an existing Business Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) tr ansfer job.
Suspend-FileTransfer Suspends a Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) transfer job.

I guess this covers it for the moment. Going into a full discussion about how BITS actually works is worth another post in itself. Suffice it to say, there are plenty of examples in the help itself. Just run:

get-help add-filetransfer –example | more

To see an example on how to use the Cmdlet (or any of the others). The team have done a good job here.

Have fun!

Differences between PowerShell 1.0 RTM and Powershell 2.0 CTP3/Win7 Beta

It’s been quite a few years -- November 14, 2006 to be exact -- since the final release of PowerShell 1.0. Let’s see what the lazy buggers have been up to since then. Only kidding, they’re far from lazy; we’ve gained an extra one hundred and six new cmdlets, moving from 131 to 237. We’ve also gained another provider, WSManProvider which lets you explore and manipulate the WS-Man configuration. Finally, the number of public Types (.NET classes usable by 3rd parties to extend PowerShell) has increased from 447 to 749. So how do I know all this? Well, some months ago I wrote a suite of build analysis Cmdlets for examining the assemblies that comprise PowerShell. In its current form it’s of very little use to 3rd parties, but I’ve had some requests to open it up and allow it to analyze any binary modules and snap-ins, which is a good idea I think. Watch this space. Anyway, I’m going to dump out some interest information on the differences between v1.0 and v2.0 CTP3, along with the one-liners I’m using to generate the information.

update feb 5: added breaking changes

Breaking Changes to Windows PowerShell 1.0

The following changes in Windows PowerShell V2.0 CTP3 might prevent features designed for Windows PowerShell 1.0 from working correctly.

    • The value of the PowerShellVersion registry entry in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\PowerShellEngine has been changed to 2.0.
    • New cmdlets and variables have been added. These are listed below. These new elements might conflict with variables and functions in profiles and scripts.
    • -IEQ operator does a case insensitive comparison on characters.
    • Get-Command gets functions along with cmdlets by default.
    • Any native command that generates a user interface blocks if it is pipelined to the Out-Host cmdlet.
    • Added new language keywords: Begin, Process, and End. Any commands called begin, process or end are interpreted as language keywords and might result in parsing errors.
    • Cmdlet name resolution has changed. In Windows PowerShell 1.0, a runtime error was generated when two Windows PowerShell snap-ins exported cmdlets with the same name. In Windows PowerShell V2, the last cmdlet loaded is the one that is executed if the cmdlet name is not qualified by a snap-in name.
    • Terminating errors that are thrown in a pipeline do not terminate the pipeline. Instead, they are written to the host.
    • A function called with '-?' parameter gets the help topic for the function, if one is included in the function.

There are no changes to Cmdlets other than Get-Command’s –PSSnapin parameter is now an alias to a –Module parameter. This reflects the move away from administrator-installed snap-ins, and towards the friendlier Module system. For all intents and purposes, you can treat v1 snapins as modules as load them as such with the Import-Module Cmdlet.

New Cmdlets

Here are the new Cmdlets, sorted by noun and alongside the textual synopsis is one is present in the CTP3 help, or the syntax if there is no help. The command I ran to generate this was:

  1. compare-psbuildinfo (import-psbuildinfo .\rtm-6-0-6000-16386.psbuild) (import-psbuildinfo .\win7beta1-6-1-7000-0.psbuild) | ? {$_.diff -eq "Added"} | sort noun | % { $_ | add-member -name Synopsis -member noteproperty -value (& $_.name -?|select -expand synopsis) -passthru } | select name,synopsis | convertto-html -fragment > new-cmdlets.htm 

Name Synopsis
Invoke-Command Runs commands on local and remote computers.
Add-Computer Adds computers to a domain or workgroup.
Remove-Computer Removes computers from workgroups or domains.
Rename-Computer Renames a computer.
Restore-Computer Starts a system restore on the local computer.
Checkpoint-Computer Creates a system restore point on the local computer.
Restart-Computer Restarts ("reboots") the operating system on local and remote computers.
Stop-Computer Stops (shuts down) local and remote computers.
Reset-ComputerMachinePassword Resets the machine account password for the computer.
Disable-ComputerRestore Disables the System Restore feature on the specified file system drive.
Enable-ComputerRestore Enables the System Restore feature on the specified file system drive.
Get-ComputerRestorePoint Gets the restore points on the local computer.
Test-ComputerSecureChannel Test-ComputerSecureChannel [-Repair] [-Server <String>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm]
Test-Connection Sends ICMP echo request packets ("pings") to one or more computers.
Export-Counter The Export-Counter cmdlet takes PerformanceCounterSampleSet objects and exports them as counter log files.
Import-Counter Imports performance counter log files (.blg, .csv, .tsv) and creates the objects that represent each counter sample in the log.
Get-Counter Gets performance counter data from local and remote computers.
ConvertFrom-Csv Converts object properties in CSV format into CSV versions of the original objects.
ConvertTo-Csv Converts .NET objects into a series of comma-separated, variable-length (CSV) strings.
Register-EngineEvent Register-EngineEvent [-SourceIdentifier] <String> [[-Action] <ScriptBlock>] [-MessageData <PSObject>] [-SupportEvent] [-Forward] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Unregister-Event Unregister-Event [-SourceIdentifier] <String> [-Force] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] Unregister-Event [-SubscriptionId] <Int32> [-Force] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm]
New-Event New-Event [-SourceIdentifier] <String> [[-Sender] <PSObject>] [[-EventArguments] <PSObject[]>] [[-MessageData] <PSObject>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Remove-Event Remove-Event [-SourceIdentifier] <String> [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] Remove-Event [-EventIdentifier] <Int32> [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm]
Wait-Event Wait-Event [[-SourceIdentifier] <String>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Get-Event Get-Event [[-SourceIdentifier] <String>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Show-EventLog Displays the event logs of the local or a remote computer in Event Viewer.
New-EventLog Creates a new event log and a new event source on a local or remote computer.
Remove-EventLog Deletes an event log or unregisters an event source.
Clear-EventLog Deletes all entries from specified event logs on the local or remote computers.
Write-EventLog Writes an event to an event log.
Limit-EventLog Sets the event log properties that limit the size of the event log and the age of its entries.
Get-EventSubscriber Get-EventSubscriber [[-SourceIdentifier] <String>] [-Force] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Export-FormatData Export-FormatData [-InputObject <ExtendedTypeDefinition[]>] [-FilePath <String>] [-Force] [-NoClobber] [-IncludeScriptBlock] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Get-FormatData Get-FormatData [[-TypeName] <String[]>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Out-GridView Sends output to an interactive table in a separate window.
Clear-History Deletes entries from the command history.
Get-HotFix Gets the QFE updates that have been applied to the local and remote computers.
Stop-Job Stops a Windows PowerShell background job.
Wait-Job Suppresses the command prompt until one or all of the Windows PowerShell background jobs running in the session are complete.
Remove-Job Deletes a Windows PowerShell background job.
Start-Job Starts a Windows PowerShell background job.
Get-Job Gets Windows PowerShell background jobs that are running in the current session.
Receive-Job Gets the results of the Windows PowerShell background jobs in the current session. You can use this cmdlet to retrieve the output and errors of background jobs.
Update-List Adds and removes items from a property value that contains a collection of objects.
Import-LocalizedData Imports language-specific data into scripts and functions based on the UI culture that is selected for the operating system.
Send-MailMessage Sends an e-mail message.
Get-Module Get-Module [[-Name] <String[]>] [-All] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Get-Module [[-Name] <String[]>] [-ListAvailable] [-Recurse] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Remove-Module Remove-Module [-Name] <String[]> [-Force] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] Remove-Module [-ModuleInfo] <PSModuleInfo[]> [-Force] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm]
New-Module New-Module [-ScriptBlock] <ScriptBlock> [-Function <String[]>] [-Cmdlet <String[]>] [-ReturnResult] [-AsCustomObject] [-ArgumentList <Object[]>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] New-Module [-Name] <String> [-ScriptBlock] <ScriptBlock> [-Function <String[]>] [-Cmdlet <String[]>] [-ReturnResult] [-AsCustomObject] [-ArgumentList <Object[]>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Import-Module Import-Module [-Name] <String[]> [-Prefix <String>] [-Function <String[]>] [-Cmdlet <String[]>] [-Variable <String[]>] [-Alias <String[]>] [-Force] [-PassThru] [-AsCustomObject] [-Version <Version>] [-ArgumentList <Object[]>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Import-Module [-Assembly] <Assembly[]> [-Prefix <String>] [-Function <String[]>] [-Cmdlet <String[]>] [-Variable <String[]>] [-Alias <String[]>] [-Force] [-PassThru] [-AsCustomObject] [-Version <Version>] [-ArgumentList <Object[]>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Import-Module [-ModuleInfo] <PSModuleInfo[]> [-Prefix <String>] [-Function <String[]>] [-Cmdlet <String[]>] [-Variable <String[]>] [-Alias <String[]>] [-Force] [-PassThru] [-AsCustomObject] [-Version <Version>] [-ArgumentList <Object[]>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Test-ModuleManifest Test-ModuleManifest [-Path] <String> [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
New-ModuleManifest New-ModuleManifest [-Path] <String> -NestedModules <String[]> [-Guid <Guid>] -Author <String> -CompanyName <String> -Copyright <String> [-ModuleToProcess <String>] [-ModuleVersion <Version>] -Description <String> [-PowerShellVersion <Version>] [-ClrVersion <Version>] [-RequiredModules <IDictionary[]>] -TypesToProcess <String[]> -FormatsToProcess <String[]> [-ScriptsToProcess <String[]>] -RequiredAssemblies <String[]> -OtherFiles <String[]> [-ExportedFunctions <String[]>] [-ExportedAliases <String[]>] [-ExportedVariables <String[]>] [-ExportedCmdlets <String[]>] [-PrivateData <Object>] [-PassThru] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm]
Export-ModuleMember Export-ModuleMember [[-Function] <String[]>] [-Cmdlet <String[]>] [-Variable <String[]>] [-Alias <String[]>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Register-ObjectEvent Register-ObjectEvent [-InputObject] <PSObject> [-EventName] <String> [[-SourceIdentifier] <String>] [[-Action] <ScriptBlock>] [-MessageData <PSObject>] [-SupportEvent] [-Forward] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Start-Process Starts one or more processes on the local computer.
Debug-Process Debugs one or more processes running on the local computer.
Wait-Process Waits for the processes to be stopped before accepting more input.
Enable-PSBreakpoint Enables the breakpoints in the current console.
Disable-PSBreakpoint Disables the breakpoints in the current console.
Remove-PSBreakpoint Deletes breakpoints from the current console.
Set-PSBreakpoint Sets a breakpoint on a line, command, or variable.
Get-PSBreakpoint Gets the breakpoints that are set in the current console.
Get-PSCallStack Displays the current call stack.
Remove-PSSession Closes one or more Windows PowerShell sessions (PSSessions).
Enter-PSSession Starts an interactive session with a remote computer.
Exit-PSSession Ends an interactive session with a remote computer.
Get-PSSession Gets the Windows PowerShell sessions (PSSessions) in the current session.
Export-PSSession Saves commands from another session in a script module file.
Import-PSSession Imports cmdlets, aliases, functions, and other command types from another session on a local or remote computer into the current session.
New-PSSession Creates a persistent connection to a local or remote computer.
Set-PSSessionConfiguration Set-PSSessionConfiguration [-Name] <String> [-ApplicationBase <String>] [-ThreadApartmentState <ApartmentState>] [-ThreadOptions <PSThreadOptions>] [-StartupScript <String>] [-MaximumReceivedDataSizePerCommandMB <Nullable`1>] [-MaximumReceivedObjectSizeMB <Nullable`1>] [-SecurityDescriptorSddl <String>] [-Force] [-NoServiceRestart] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Set-PSSessionConfiguration [-Name] <String> [-AssemblyName] <String> [-ConfigurationTypeName] <String> [-ApplicationBase <String>] [-ThreadApartmentState <ApartmentState>] [-ThreadOptions <PSThreadOptions>] [-StartupScript <String>] [-MaximumReceivedDataSizePerCommandMB <Nullable`1>] [-MaximumReceivedObjectSizeMB <Nullable`1>] [-SecurityDescriptorSddl <String>] [-Force] [-NoServiceRestart] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Enable-PSSessionConfiguration Enable-PSSessionConfiguration [[-Name] <String[]>] [-Force] [-SecurityDescriptorSddl <String>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Disable-PSSessionConfiguration Disable-PSSessionConfiguration [[-Name] <String[]>] [-Force] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Register-PSSessionConfiguration Register-PSSessionConfiguration [-Name] <String> [-ProcessorArchitecture <String>] [-ApplicationBase <String>] [-ThreadApartmentState <ApartmentState>] [-ThreadOptions <PSThreadOptions>] [-StartupScript <String>] [-MaximumReceivedDataSizePerCommandMB <Nullable`1>] [-MaximumReceivedObjectSizeMB <Nullable`1>] [-SecurityDescriptorSddl <String>] [-Force] [-NoServiceRestart] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Register-PSSessionConfiguration [-Name] <String> [-AssemblyName] <String> [-ConfigurationTypeName] <String> [-ProcessorArchitecture <String>] [-ApplicationBase <String>] [-ThreadApartmentState <ApartmentState>] [-ThreadOptions <PSThreadOptions>] [-StartupScript <String>] [-MaximumReceivedDataSizePerCommandMB <Nullable`1>] [-MaximumReceivedObjectSizeMB <Nullable`1>] [-SecurityDescriptorSddl <String>] [-Force] [-NoServiceRestart] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Unregister-PSSessionConfiguration Unregister-PSSessionConfiguration [-Name] <String> [-Force] [-NoServiceRestart] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Get-PSSessionConfiguration Get-PSSessionConfiguration [[-Name] <String[]>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Get-Random Gets a random number or selects objects randomly from a collection.
Set-StrictMode Establishes and enforces coding rules in expressions, scripts, and script blocks.
ConvertFrom-StringData Converts a string containing one or more "name=value" pairs to a hash table.
Undo-Transaction Rolls back the active transaction.
Use-Transaction Adds the script block to the active transaction.
Complete-Transaction Commits the active transaction.
Get-Transaction Gets the current (active) transaction.
Start-Transaction Starts a transaction.
Add-Type Adds a .NET type (a class) to a Windows PowerShell session.
New-WebServiceProxy Creates a Web service proxy object that lets you use and manage the Web service in Windows PowerShell.
Get-WinEvent Gets events from event logs and event tracing log files on local and remote computers. This cmdlet runs only on Windows Vista and later versions of Windows.
Register-WmiEvent Register-WmiEvent [-Class] <String> [[-SourceIdentifier] <String>] [[-Action] <ScriptBlock>] [-Namespace <String>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-ComputerName <String>] [-Timeout <Int64>] [-MessageData <PSObject>] [-SupportEvent] [-Forward] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Register-WmiEvent [-Query] <String> [[-SourceIdentifier] <String>] [[-Action] <ScriptBlock>] [-Namespace <String>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-ComputerName <String>] [-Timeout <Int64>] [-MessageData <PSObject>] [-SupportEvent] [-Forward] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Set-WmiInstance Creates or modifies instances of WMI classes.
Invoke-WmiMethod Calls WMI methods.
Remove-WmiObject Deletes WMI classes and instances.
Disconnect-WSMan Disconnect-WSMan [[-ComputerName] <String>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Connect-WSMan Connect-WSMan [[-ComputerName] <String>] [-ApplicationName <String>] [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-OptionSet <Hashtable>] [-Port <Int32>] [-SessionOption <SessionOption>] [-UseSSL] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Connect-WSMan [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-ConnectionURI <Uri>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-OptionSet <Hashtable>] [-Port <Int32>] [-SessionOption <SessionOption>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Test-WSMan Test-WSMan [[-ComputerName] <String>] [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-Port <Int32>] [-UseSSL] [-ApplicationName <String>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Invoke-WSManAction Invoke-WSManAction [-ResourceURI] <Uri> [-Action] <String> [[-SelectorSet] <Hashtable>] [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-ConnectionURI <Uri>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-FilePath <String>] [-OptionSet <Hashtable>] [-SessionOption <SessionOption>] [-ValueSet <Hashtable>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Invoke-WSManAction [-ResourceURI] <Uri> [-Action] <String> [[-SelectorSet] <Hashtable>] [-ApplicationName <String>] [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-ComputerName <String>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-FilePath <String>] [-OptionSet <Hashtable>] [-Port <Int32>] [-SessionOption <SessionOption>] [-UseSSL] [-ValueSet <Hashtable>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Get-WSManCredSSP Get-WSManCredSSP [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Enable-WSManCredSSP Enable-WSManCredSSP [-DelegateComputer] <String[]> [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Disable-WSManCredSSP Disable-WSManCredSSP [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Remove-WSManInstance Remove-WSManInstance [-ResourceURI] <Uri> [-SelectorSet] <Hashtable> [-ApplicationName <String>] [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-ComputerName <String>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-OptionSet <Hashtable>] [-Port <Int32>] [-SessionOption <SessionOption>] [-UseSSL] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Remove-WSManInstance [-ResourceURI] <Uri> [-SelectorSet] <Hashtable> [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-ConnectionURI <Uri>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-OptionSet <Hashtable>] [-SessionOption <SessionOption>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
New-WSManInstance New-WSManInstance [-ResourceURI] <Uri> [-SelectorSet] <Hashtable> [-ApplicationName <String>] [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-ComputerName <String>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-FilePath <String>] [-OptionSet <Hashtable>] [-Port <Int32>] [-SessionOption <SessionOption>] [-UseSSL] [-ValueSet <Hashtable>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] New-WSManInstance [-ResourceURI] <Uri> [-SelectorSet] <Hashtable> [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-ConnectionURI <Uri>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-FilePath <String>] [-OptionSet <Hashtable>] [-SessionOption <SessionOption>] [-ValueSet <Hashtable>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Get-WSManInstance Get-WSManInstance [-ResourceURI] <Uri> [-ApplicationName <String>] [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-ComputerName <String>] [-ConnectionURI <Uri>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-Dialect <Uri>] [-Fragment <String>] [-OptionSet <Hashtable>] [-Port <Int32>] [-SelectorSet <Hashtable>] [-SessionOption <SessionOption>] [-UseSSL] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Get-WSManInstance [-ResourceURI] <Uri> [-ApplicationName <String>] [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-BasePropertiesOnly] [-ComputerName <String>] [-ConnectionURI <Uri>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-Dialect <Uri>] -Enumerate [-Filter <String>] [-OptionSet <Hashtable>] [-Port <Int32>] [-References] [-ReturnType <String>] [-SessionOption <SessionOption>] [-Shallow] [-UseSSL] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Set-WSManInstance Set-WSManInstance [-ResourceURI] <Uri> [[-SelectorSet] <Hashtable>] [-ApplicationName <String>] [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-ComputerName <String>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-Dialect <Uri>] [-FilePath <String>] [-Fragment <String>] [-OptionSet <Hashtable>] [-Port <Int32>] [-SessionOption <SessionOption>] [-UseSSL] [-ValueSet <Hashtable>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Set-WSManInstance [-ResourceURI] <Uri> [[-SelectorSet] <Hashtable>] [-Authentication <AuthenticationMechanism>] [-ConnectionURI <Uri>] [-Credential <PSCredential>] [-Dialect <Uri>] [-FilePath <String>] [-Fragment <String>] [-OptionSet <Hashtable>] [-SessionOption <SessionOption>] [-ValueSet <Hashtable>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Set-WSManQuickConfig Set-WSManQuickConfig [-UseSSL] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
New-WSManSessionOption New-WSManSessionOption [-ProxyAccessType <ProxyAccessType>] [-ProxyAuthentication <ProxyAuthentication>] [-ProxyCredential <PSCredential>] [-SkipCACheck] [-SkipCNCheck] [-SkipRevocationCheck] [-SPNPort <Int32>] [-OperationTimeout <Int32>] [-NoEncryption] [-UseUTF16] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
Select-Xml Select-Xml [-XPath] <String> [-Path] <String[]> [-Namespace <Hashtable>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Select-Xml [-XPath] <String> [-Xml] <XmlNode[]> [-Namespace <Hashtable>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>] Select-Xml [-XPath] <String> [-Content] <String[]> [-Namespace <Hashtable>] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-WarningAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-WarningVariable <String>] [-OutVariable <String>] [-OutBuffer <Int32>]
ConvertTo-Xml Creates an XML-based representation of an object.

Whew, that’s quite a few. Now, onto the API.

.NET API Differences

This time, I’m just dumping out the namespaces and Types per namespace. It would be a bit much to dump out all the Types themselves. The one-liner:

  1. $v1.api | group namespace | select name, count | convertto-html -fragment > .\v1-types.htm 
v1.0 RTM API

Here are the namspaces and respective public Type count for v1.0:

Name Count
Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands 196
Microsoft.PowerShell 11
Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Internal.Format 4
System.Management.Automation 169
System.Management.Automation.Internal 6
System.Management.Automation.Host 15
System.Management.Automation.Runspaces 33
System.Management.Automation.Provider 13

v2.0 CTP3 API

Here are the namspaces and respective public Type count for v2.0 CTP3:

Name Count
Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands 311
Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetCounter 4
Microsoft.PowerShell 14
Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Internal.Format 4
Microsoft.WSMan.Management 40
System.Management.Automation 262
System.Management.Automation.Internal 7
System.Management.Automation.Runspaces 61
System.Management.Automation.Host 17
System.Management.Automation.Remoting 10
System.Management.Automation.Provider 14
Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Internal 4
Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Management 1

As you can see, there has been a nice expansion of namespaces and Types to work with, mostly coming from the sterling work being done to generalize the “Jobs” infrastructure. Also, a fair chunk is tied up with the refactoring and reorganizing of Runspaces to allow for jobs (which also covers eventing), remoting and background pipelines. This is something I will cover in more detail in a future post.

Have fun!

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