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Windows Server Automation with PowerShell Cookbook - Fourth Edition

By : Thomas Lee
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Windows Server Automation with PowerShell Cookbook - Fourth Edition

By: Thomas Lee

Overview of this book

With a foreword from PowerShell creator Jeffrey Snover, this heavily updated edition is designed to help you learn how to use PowerShell 7.1 effectively and manage the core roles, features, and services of Windows Server in an enterprise setting. All scripts are compatible with both Window Server 2022 and 2019. This latest edition equips you with over 100 recipes you'll need in day-to-day work, covering a wide range of fundamental and more advanced use cases. We look at how to install and configure PowerShell 7.1, along with useful new features and optimizations, and how the PowerShell compatibility solution bridges the gap to older versions of PowerShell. Topics include using PowerShell to manage networking and DHCP in Windows Server, objects in Active Directory, Hyper-V, and Azure. Debugging is crucial, so the book shows you how to use some powerful tools to diagnose and resolve issues with Windows Server.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
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Exploring experimental features

During the development of PowerShell Core and later with PowerShell 7, the PowerShell team have routinely added new features. Some of these new features could, at least in theory, break existing scripts and are called "experimental." PowerShell does not, by default, enable any of these features. As shown in this recipe, you must enable them explicitly. This approach to experimental features enables you to test these new features and provide the PowerShell team with feedback. Should you find a feature that breaks a script for you, disable it. If you turn on (or turn off) an experimental feature, you need to restart PowerShell 7.

In general, experimental features are not intended to be used in production since the experimental features, by design, can be breaking. Also, experimental features are not officially supported. That being said, so far, these features have been very stable and reliable.

In this recipe, you look at the experimental features available in PowerShell 7.1 as released. If you are using later versions (for example, a PowerShell 7.2 preview release), you may see different experimental features. For a fuller look at PowerShell's experimental features, see

Getting ready

You run this recipe on SRV1 after you install PowerShell 7 and/or Visual Studio Code, and once you have created a console profile file.

How to do it...

  1. Discovering the experimental features
    Get-ExperimentalFeature -Name * |
      Format-Table Name, Enabled, Description -Wrap
  2. Examining the "command not found" result with no experimental features available
  3. Enabling one experimental feature as the current user
    Get-ExperimentalFeature -Name * | 
      Select-Object -First 1 |
        Enable-ExperimentalFeature -Scope CurrentUser -Verbose
  4. Enabling one experimental feature for all users
    Get-ExperimentalFeature -Name * | 
      Select-Object -Skip 1 -First 1 |
        Enable-ExperimentalFeature -Scope AllUsers -Verbose
  5. Starting a new PowerShell console

    If you are using VS Code to run this recipe, enter Ctrl + Shift + ` to start a new terminal. If you are using the PowerShell 7 console, start a new copy of the console.

  6. Examining the experimental features
  7. Examining output from the "command not found" suggestion feature

How it works...

In step 1, you use the Get-ExperimentalFeature cmdlet to discover the available experimental features and their current state, which (by default) looks like this:

Figure 2.49: Discovering experimental features

To test out an experimental feature, in step 2, you run a non-existent command, with output such as this:

Figure 2.50: Examining the "command not found" result

In step 3, you enable the first feature, the PSCommandNotFoundSuggestion experimental feature for the current user, which looks like this:

Figure 2.51: Enabling an experimental feature for the current user

In step 4, you enable the second experimental feature, PSCultureInvariantReplaceOperator, which looks like this:

Figure 2.52: Enabling an experimental feature for all users

In step 5, you start a new version of PowerShell. This step produces no output as such.

In step 6, you examine the state of experimental features, noting that two new features are now available, which looks like this:

Figure 2.53: Examining experimental features

In step 7, you re-run the unknown command to observe the "command not found" suggestions, which look like this:

Figure 2.54: Examining the output from the "command not found" suggestion feature

There's more...

In this recipe, you turn on two experimental features and examine one ("command not found" suggestions). In most cases, you should be safe to enable all of the experimental features, but it is always safer to turn them on one by one and test your scripts carefully.