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PowerShell Plus is the most advanced Interactive Development Environment for PowerShell available today. Designed to help administrators and developers quickly learn and master Windows PowerShell, it …

PowerShell Plus is the most advanced Interactive Development Environment for PowerShell available today. Designed to help administrators and developers quickly learn and master Windows PowerShell, it also dramatically increases the productivity of expert users.

PowerShell Plus features a powerful interactive console, an advanced script editor and debugger and a comprehensive interactive learning center all integrated into a single product.

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  • 1. Idera PowerShell PlusProfessional Edition v4.7 Product Tour January 2013
  • 2. Content Overview Getting Started Features Troubleshooting
  • 3. Overview What is PowerShell Plus?  A Free tool to learn and master Windows PowerShell fast • Learn PowerShell fast with the interactive learning center • Execute PowerShell quickly and accurately with a Windows UI console • Access, organize and share pre-loaded scripts from the QuickClick™ library • Code & Debug PowerShell 10X faster with the advanced script editor  Where do I get it? • http://www.idera.com/Free-Tools/PowerShell-Plus/
  • 4. Getting Started Requirements  Microsoft PowerShell 2.0 • Windows 7 RTM – x86/x64 • Windows Vista RTM and higher - x86/x64 • Windows XP SP3 and higher - x86/x64 • Windows Server 2003 SP2 - x86/x64 • Windows Server 2008 RTM and higher - x86/x64  Microsoft PowerShell 3.0 • Windows 7 (with WMF v3 installed) • Windows 2008 R2 (with WMF v3 installed) • Windows 8
  • 5. Getting Started Install  Open downloaded ZIP and run EXE  Initial dialog allows you to review Release Notes, navigate to Support or Install the product  32-bit and 64-bit version can BOTH be installed side-by-side on a 64-bit computer Licensing  Freeware model Supported upgrade paths  Version 4.2, 4.5, 4.6
  • 6. Getting Started Support for PowerShell v3  Command line switch added to PSEditor.exe (desktop shortcut) • PSEditor.exe –version 2 (or 3)  Windows 8 will automatically start up as PS v3 • Verify by running $PSVersionTable to find out which version of PowerShell is running in the Console  New reserved words added to support Workflow features • Caveat: Workflows can not be debugged since they run as jobs
  • 7. Getting Started Review Execution Policy  Microsoft has an Execution Policy setting for PowerShell to prevent scripts from running by default  We detect the effective execution policy and allow the customer to change it using our Welcome Wizard dialog by setting the CurrentUser policy
  • 8. Getting Started What is New in 4.7?  Custom Layout  New tool windows – Breakpoints, Bookmarks, Call Stack  New tool dialogs – GUID creator, Clone Parameters, Regex Expression Evaluator  Find in Current Document and Find in All Open Documents (Find dialog)  Open Containing Folder  Reload from Disk  Support Block Comments in Editor when using Comments option  Code signing supports .PSM1
  • 9. Features Manage Startup Options  User settings are kept in the user‟s in AppDataLocalPowerShellPlus folder • When troubleshooting an issue that seems to be User Settings related (i.e. Cached Data)… launch it by pressing right SHIFT key at the Splash screen of PowerShell Plus.
  • 10. Features Manage Startup OptionsChecking this optionwill solve mostproblems related toSnapin upgradesand mismatchedcode completioninformation andLearning Centerdocumentation Manually set ApartmentState (STA or MTA). Auto detect default on PS v2 or v3 if unchecked.
  • 11. Features Upgrade Notification  Automatically checked when PowerShell Plus starts • Can check after started by using Options->Resources
  • 12. Features Welcome Wizard  Execution Policy  Remoting Configurations  SQL Server Connections  Email Settings  Library Script Execution
  • 13. Features Unified IDE
  • 14. Features Unified IDE benefits  Raise visibility of core features  Editor and PowerShell Console are integrated  Tool windows available to both Console and Editor • QuickClick Library for organizing scripts and executing • Code Snippets for managing reusable code • Computer Group configurations for interactive remote sessions and remote execution of scripts • Variables for viewing current state of system and user variables • Command History for viewing most recent commands • Find Results for navigating multiple search results • Breakpoints for managing all breakpoints in open scripts • Bookmarks for managing all bookmarks in open scripts • Call Stack for managing calling order during debug session
  • 15. Features Start Page  Common tasks  Recent files  News  Get Started
  • 16. Features Start Page  Tasks – start a script or module  Recent Files – quickly open recent scripts  News – configure RSS feeds to follow what‟s going in the PowerShell community • Add or select a configured feed • Click on Feed tab added and click an abstract to open the article (limited to one at a time)  Get Started – Starter topics to help get you up and running
  • 17. Features IDE is customizable  Basic, Advanced and Custom layouts for selecting tool windows  All tool windows including Console can be rearranged, joined, pinned, unpinned to achieve the user optimal experience
  • 18. Features Options  Available from Home tab or Main Menu -> PowerShellPlus Options button  Provides access to common settings for: • Startup • Auto-Completion • Console • Editor • User Settings • QuickClick Library • Email • Collaboration • Source Control • Resources
  • 19. Features Manage Snapins  Supports 64-bit Snapins when using the 64-bit version of PowerShell Plus and 32-bit Snapins when using 32-bit version of PowerShell Plus  Accessible via the Home tab, Manage group  Check the ones that you would like to load and use  Show which ones are pre-loaded by Profiles  Display version information  Choose if you want to persist the one you have selected to load the next time you start PowerShell Plus • Snap-in loaded by a Profile always take override this setting so we don’t try to load them twice
  • 20. Features Manage Modules  Accessible via the Settings Menu  Automates the discovery and importing process for you • Show which ones are pre-loaded by Profiles • Display version information • Check the ones that you would like to load and use not loaded by Profiles • Choose if you want to persist the ones you have selected to load the next time you start PowerShell Plus
  • 21. Features Code Completion  Get help on the Cmdlet and examples from the web  Users can type in the “Verb” followed by a dash which will display all “Nouns” available to them, works for parameters, COM / .Net objects and WMI classes  Also works for “$” variables, “.” for methods and properties, and “” for file paths  Displays Aliases for parameters  Supports „ValidationSet‟ in Functions  Works in both the Console and the Code Editor
  • 22. Features Code Completion examples
  • 23. Features Personal QuickClickTM Library  Sample scripts for AD, SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, etc.  Outlook-style view to help you store and manage scripts sets
  • 24. Features Source Control  Configure in Options  Tool Window for working with files • General functions: Connect, Disconnect, Refresh, Run SCC client, Change preferences, Get latest file revisions for connection, Browse local workspace, Change configuration • File functions: Checkin/out, Undo checkout, Get latest file revision, View history, Properties, Open in editor
  • 25. Features Source Control Caveats  We provide core interface support for Microsoft SCC plugins for common operations: Get, Checkin, Checkout, Undo, View History • It’s the customers responsibility to install these plugins and review the 3rd party documentation on their usage  Configuration settings differ from plugin to plugin, we supply examples for Perforce, TortoiseSVN, Visual SourceSafe, Team Foundation Server in Learning Center • Some experimentation required to get them working  Dialogs initiated by the plugin are out of process (i.e. Preferences, Connection, History, Property dialogs and any message boxes that may occur when using them)  You can only use 32-bit plugin in PSP 32-bit and 64-bit plugins in PSP 64-bit. When you run side-by-side it will make you switch the previously selected plugin for other platform. There are not a lot of 64-bit plugins available,
  • 26. Features Remoting Configurations  Reusable configurations define computers, remote settings and user credentials used to Execute scripts remotely and start/stop Interactive Sessions
  • 27. Features Remoting Configurations  Advanced search and select Computers using AD
  • 28. Features Execute scripts remotely  Saves the user from having to fill out all the parameters when using Invoke-Command
  • 29. Features Start/Stop Interactive Sessions  Saves the user from having to fill out all the parameters when using Enter-PSSession
  • 30. Features Output results to Out-GridView  Applies to local or remote execution  Does not apply to Interactive Session
  • 31. Features Mini-Mode  Customers that are expert PowerShell users can switch the console to Mini Mode and turn off all the UI „extras‟ • An Icon is placed in the notification tray and is used to get back to full view (also can click X in upper right)  Startup option setting can make this the initial start state
  • 32. Features Publish to Module  Search and select one or more scripts to convert to a PowerShell module
  • 33. Features Additional User Tools  Clone Parameters • Used to build Proxy functions by retrieving parameters of an existing Cmdlet or Function  Regex Expression Evaluator • Test regular expression against any text • Regular expressions are very handy in PowerShell • http://www.regular-expressions.info/powershell.html  GUID Creator • Generate GUID for use in scripts and Module manifests
  • 34. Features Learning Center
  • 35. Features Learning Center  Getting Started view walks the customer through the core features • Displayed when the application is launched but can be turned off or re-launched from the Help menu  Supports multiple keyword searching  Reference help based on what is installed on computer • Microsoft and 3rd party snapins, cmdlets, modules • WMI installed classes  Includes over 100 PowerShell Tips and links to more tips on PowerShell.com and Mastering PowerShell eBook by Tobias Weltner
  • 36. Features Keyboard shortcuts are documented
  • 37. Features Code Editor  Create and debug PowerShell scripts including PS1 (Script), PSM1 (Modules), and PSD1 (Module Manifest) Edit additional file types including:  HTML, XML, C#, VB.Net, Plain text, Batch files, VBScript and SQL
  • 38. Features Editing features  Clicking on New in Main Menu or Quick Access Toolbar  Click on “new” tab in Code Editor pane  Double-click a .ps1 file on the desktop or in a folder or right- click, select Open With -> PowerShell Plus Editor  Right-click in QuickClick Library, select Edit or Paste Into Editor  Type $psplus.CreateNewPSScript in Console  Read-only designator in tab showing it‟s read-only, if under Source Control it will automatically be checked out when edited  Single-click Format Document to help with reformatting – rules are documented in Code Editor -> Format Document topic  Open in Containing folder (Windows Explorer)  Reload from Disk to revert to on-disk copy
  • 39. Features Find in All Files  Find search text in specified starting directory, list matches in results pane and click to open
  • 40. Features Find/Replace options  Find in Current and Opened option sends results to Find Results tool window (see previous slide)
  • 41. Features Open all previously opened files  Options->Startup option Collapse/expand regions  Collapse/expand just regions rather than all marked code fold groups (Editor context menu, under Outlining) Encoding Support  Support encoding types including Western European (Windows), Unicode, Unicode (Big-Endian), Unicode (UTF-8)  Tooltip on Editor tab displays current encoding  Options->Editor View for setting default Encoding
  • 42. Features Code Editor Snippets and Code Signing
  • 43. Features Centralized Proxy Configuration
  • 44. Features Download Community Scripts  Community Script Libraries can be searched and downloaded from PowerShell.com, TechNet Script Center and PoshCode.org  Proxy and credentials can be supplied or you can use IE configured proxy if set by your Enterprise Group Policy  Multiple key words can be used for search  One or more scripts can be selected from the search results and downloaded into Editor or QuickClick Library  Downloaded scripts marked as Blocked until reviewed and can then be Unblocked to execute
  • 45. Features Download Community Scripts
  • 46. Features Submit Script to PowerShell.com  Easy to use Wizard  Launch from QuickClick Library or Code Editor
  • 47. Features Server Explorer  Management tree  Object properties  Task scripts can be bound or unbound to object properties  MyComputer and Sharepoint are examples that use PowerShell scripts to configure the tree  SQL Server explorer is a specialized version that uses Microsoft SQL Server PowerShell Provider to dynamically populate the tree  Example tasks included for demonstration
  • 48. Features Scripting Object Model  What is it for? • Customizing the Option Settings • Automating operations within the IDE • Create scripts that perform tasks that you do with the PowerShellPlus user interface. For example, you can add, remove, select or rename a PowerShellPlus Code Editor tab • Manipulate text of a script • Perform Code Editor operations • Create or manipulate Solution Sets in your personal QuickClick Library • Create or manipulate Remoting Configurations
  • 49. Features Scripting Object Model Examples  Changing an option • $psplus.Options.Startup.StartInMiniMode = $false • NOTE: Since PowerShell Profiles are managed by PowerShellPlus and they are essentially script, you could put this into the PowerShellPlus private profile to change startup behavior  Add a new Solution Set (Library) and add to it programmatically • $psplus.SolutionSets.Add("Test solution", "C:SolutionSetsMySolutionSet.xml") • $psplus.SolutionSets.CurrentSolutionSet.AddEntry("FromFile ", "C:scriptsrichard.ps1“)  Complete examples are in the Learning Center (see SolutionSets, Remoting Configurations and Editor)
  • 50. Documentation Release Notes  Link in Installer, installed in application Documentation directory Product page on Idera.com  Contains common FAQs Additional documents  Administrators Guide to Windows PowerShell Remoting  Managing SharePoint 2010 with PowerShell Plus Professional Edition • Located in application Documentation directory available on Start Menu -> Idera -> PowerShellPlus
  • 51. Troubleshooting User Settings  XP, 2003: C:Documents and Settings{user}Local SettingsApplication DataPowerShellPlus  Vista, 2008: C:users{user}Local SettingsPowerShellPlus Trace Log  In Logs directory of the User Settings location above  Added additional logging details including a stack trace – if we have a real field problem Idera can distribute a .PDB to get exact line numbers

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