An updated version of Windows PowerShell Quick Reference is now available for download from Microsoft, having been released the past month. Live on the Microsoft Download Center since April 20th, 2010, the Windows PowerShell Quick Reference is, as the name implies, a free resource offered by the Redmond company to simplify the work of IT professionals leveraging PowerShell. Essentially, the download is designed to provide a quick-reference guide detailing a number of common Windows PowerShell commands.

Whether an IT admin wants to know how to access arguments, solicit input, use colored text, insert comments, print data, change security settings, run a specific script, sort data, create a .NET object, etc., the Windows PowerShell Quick Reference has the answer.

At the same time, the guide offered by Microsoft covers additional commands for PowerShell, and admins should download it, print it and keep in on hand, just in case. “For best results, open the file in Microsoft Word, print the contents to legal-sized paper (8 inches by 14 inches), and fold the resulting printout in half, making a four-page booklet,” Microsoft stated. More »

Before that the first and second part we continue to publish series of articles.

41. Go Live. Many applications installed on past versions of Windows have been removed. Starting with Windows 7, these applications (and a few others not typically installed with Windows) have been moved into the Live Essentials downloadable applications, at These applications include Messenger, Mail, Writer, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Family Safety and a few others.

42. Remove Apps. Although some applications have been moved off of Windows to become an optional download, other apps, such as IE8, Media Player, Media Center and DVD Maker are still included. In times past, especially when it came to IE, the applications were tied into the OS. However, in Windows 7 you can easily remove them if desired. Head to the Program and Features applet in Control Panel and select the “Turn Windows features on or off” link in the top left-hand corner. Then you can select the checkbox of the features you want to lose or add for your system. More »

Windows 7 may be Microsoft’s most anticipated product ever. It builds on Windows Vista’s positives, and eliminates many of that OS’s negatives. It adds new functionality, too all in a package that is less resource-hungry than its predecessor. And whether or not you’re upgrading from Vista or skipping it altogether and moving up from Windows XP, you’ll need to know how to make the most of it in your environment.

1. Pick Your Edition. Most business users do not need the more expensive Ultimate Edition; stick with Professional unless you specifically need BitLocker.

2. Upgrading? Go 64-bit. As the second major Windows release to fully support 64-bit, the x64 architecture has definitely arrived on the desktop. Don’t buy new 32-bit hardware unless it’s a netbook.

3. Use Windows XP Mode. Yes, it’s only an embedded Virtual PC with a full copy of WinXP but it’s an embedded Virtual PC with a full copy of Windows XP! This is the first profoundly intelligent use of desktop virtualization we’ve seen and a great way to move to Windows 7 without giving up full Windows XP compatibility.

4. Use Windows PowerShell v2. More than just a shell, this is the administration tool you’ve always wanted: Parallel, distributed processing for administrative tasks! Manage 100 machines literally as easily as you manage one with the new Remoting feature. Windows PowerShell v2 ships for the first time in Windows 7, and within six months will be available for older versions of Windows. More »

Microsoft’s Solution Accelerator designed to streamline the deployment of Windows operating system has evolved to the Release Candidate stage. Testers are now free to download and test drive the RC development milestone of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010, a product which has already been tailored to the gold releases of the company’s latest iteration of Windows client and server operating systems. As was the case for the Beta Build, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 RC is available for download via Microsoft Connect.

“We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the release candidate of MDT 2010. This release contains numerous bug fixes since MDT 2010 Beta 2. MDT 2010 RC has been tested and will work with Windows 7 RTM and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM as well as all previously supported operating systems,” revealed Microsoft Evangelist Keith Combs.

In addition to the RTM Builds of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 RC also delivers support for technologies including: Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, 2007 Microsoft Office, Microsoft Application Virtualization, Microsoft Online Services (e.g. Exchange Online) and Forefront Client Security, etc. More »