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PowerShell Knocks Off System Center 

Redmond columnists are not just dopes off the street (present company excluded), but are real IT pros and noted authors, with a real world view and actionable advice.

Brien Posey is just one such writer. Posey's insight and Microsoft contacts recently let him to an interesting thesis -- that PowerShell could be used in place of System Center, making the management package far less relevant.

A chance hearing of what could have been an off-hand comment started the wheels turning. It seems Posey was in Redmond when a presenter mentioned that "PowerShell was going to be the preferred method for managing Windows Server."

The company is really pushing server core and this headless OS is perfect for management via PowerShell. This is especially the case since PowerShell has done nothing except get better and better.

Posey has tested the limits of PowerShell. Having spent time with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012, Brien began looking at how much of what this product does could also be done through PowerShell. The answer is "a lot."

Another factor is the fact that more and more IT pros know PowerShell, something Microsoft has been pressuring them to do.

How far do you go with PowerShell and is Brien on or off track? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/14/2012 at 1:19 PM


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