Have you tried PowerShell vNext included as a part of Windows 8 client and server developer preview? Don’t have a Windows 8 system to look at it just yet?
Don’t worry! Microsoft just announced the release of Windows Management Framework 3.0 CTP1 build. This includes PowerShell vNext. This package also contains updated WMI and WinRM components. This release can be installed on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The below list — from the release page — shows some of the improvements or additions to PowerShell in this release.
Windows PowerShell 3.0
Some of the new features in Windows PowerShell 3.0 include:
Workflows that run long-running activities (in sequence or in parallel) to perform complex, larger management tasks, such as multi-machine application provisioning. Using the Windows Workflow Foundation at the command line, Windows PowerShell workflows are repeatable, parallelizable, interruptible, and recoverable.
- Robust Sessions
Robust sessions that automatically recover from network failures and interruptions and allow you to disconnect from the session, shut down the computer, and reconnect from a different computer without interrupting the task.
- Scheduled Jobs
Scheduled jobs that run regularly or in response to an event.
- Delegated Administration
Commands that can be executed with a delegated set of credentials so users with limited permissions can run critical jobs
- Simplified Language Syntax
Simplified language syntax that make commands and scripts look a lot less like code and a lot more like natural language.
- Cmdlet Discovery
Improved cmdlet discovery and automatic module loading that make it easier to find and run any of the cmdlets installed on your computer.
Show-Command, a cmdlet and ISE Add-On that helps users find the right cmdlet, view its parameters in a dialog box, and run it.