PowerShell combines the speed of the command line and flexibility of a scripting language into a remarkably powerful Windows administration tool. In this week's TR Dojo episode, I show you how Windows PowerShell lets you retrieve a list of a system's installed USB devices and kill processes without open Task Manager.
PowerShell pop quiz
Last year, I published the following quiz to test everyone PowerShell knowledge. I've republished the questions below. (If you have already taken the quiz, the questions will appear answered.) Once you've answered the questions, you can find the answers to our PowerShell quiz in this TR Dojo discussion post.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.