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Microsoft Exchange Server PowerShell Essentials

By : Biswanath Banerjee
Book Image

Microsoft Exchange Server PowerShell Essentials

By: Biswanath Banerjee

Overview of this book

PowerShell has become one of the most important skills in an Exchange administrator's armory. PowerShell has proved its mettle so widely that, if you're not already starting to learn PowerShell, then you're falling behind the industry. It isn't difficult to learn PowerShell at all. In fact, if you've ever run commands from a CMD prompt, then you'll be able to start using PowerShell straightaway. This book will walk you through the essentials of PowerShell in Microsoft Exchange Server and make sure you understand its nitty gritty effectively. You will first walk through the core concepts of PowerShell and their applications. This book discusses ways to automate tasks and activities that are performed by Exchange administrators and that otherwise take a lot of manual effort. Microsoft Exchange PowerShell Essentials will provide all the required details for Active Directory, System, and Exchange administrators to help them understand Windows PowerShell and build the required scripts to manage the Exchange Infrastructure.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Microsoft Exchange Server PowerShell Essentials
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewer
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Understanding Logging and Transcripts


The transcript feature in PowerShell helps you to record all your cmdlets and activities at the prompt. This feature is not available for use in the PowerShell application during the writing of this book. This will help you capture all the commands and outputs from the commands that appear in the console in a text file that you specify using the start-transcript cmdlet.

The Start-transcript cmdlet initializes a transcript file, and then creates records of all the subsequent actions in the PowerShell session.

The syntax is shown as follows:

Here are some of the important parameters that you should know about the start-transcript cmdlet. To save the transcript file to a specified path, use the –Path parameter. You cannot use wildcards when you set the path, but you can also use variables. The directories in the path must exist or the command will fail.

The default behavior of the Start-Transcript cmdlet is to overwrite any file that is in the transcript path unless the –noClobber parameter is specified, which prevents Windows PowerShell from overwriting an existing file.

The –Append parameter will add the new transcript to the end of an existing file. For example, take a look at the following:

PS C:\> Start-Transcript -Path C:\transcript\transcript01.txt –NoClobber

When you want to stop recording the transcript, you can either exit the console or type Stop-transcript. The Stop-Transcript cmdlet requires no additional parameters.

The Stop-transcript cmdlet stops recording actions that was started by the start-transcript cmdlet. Use the following syntax:

PS C:\> stop-transcript