Takeaway: Windows PowerShell combines the command line’s speed, a scripting language’s flexibility, and the power of a GUI-based administrative tool. If you’re still reluctant to learn PowerShell, you may just not know how powerful it can be. Take TechRepublic’s Microsoft Windows PowerShell pop quiz and test your PowerShell knowledge.
Released in 2006, Windows PowerShell combines the command line’s speed, a scripting language’s flexibility, and the power of a GUI-based administrative tool. Whether you’re an old school fan of the C:\ prompt or strictly a GUI user, learning to use the Windows PowerShell can save you time and effort on common Windows admin tasks. Besides, it also just looks cool to fix a problem from the command line.
If you’re still reluctant to learn PowerShell, you may just not know how powerful it can be. Take the following Windows PowerShell pop quiz and test your PowerShell knowledge.
Note: Unfortunately, our poll tool, which I use to create each pop quiz, doesn’t let me indicate a correct answer after each question. To keep from giving away the answers before everyone has a chance to test his/her knowledge, and ruining all the fun, I’m going to hold off posting the answers until later.
Before Bob Muglia formally announced Windows PowerShell in April 2006, what was PowerShell's code name?
Which of the following Windows versions does NOT support Windows PowerShell?
Windows PowerShell can execute commands in which of the following formats?
True or False: Windows PowerShell processes data as text, like Cmd.exe, BASH, and other UNIX shells.
Single-feature commands that manipulate objects within PowerShell and are native to the PowerShell stack are called _______.
True or False: You can launch Windows programs that have a GUI, such as Notepad and Calculator, within Windows PowerShell.
Windows PowerShell script files use which of the following file extensions?
True or False: By default, you can run a Windows PowerShell script by double-clicking its icon.
In addition to having the standard file system drives, like C: and D:, Windows PowerShell has drives that correspond to which of the following data stores?
To reduce typing, you can create an alternate name for a Windows PowerShell command called a/an ______________.