We have arrived – ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and PowerShell – Truly Better Together

I’ve been writing and presenting on scripting ConfigMgr (and SMS) for many years now – in fact, I have a feeling that my MVP Colleague Kaido Järvemets (a PowerShell-ConfigMgr guru) was probably a middle-school student when I started scripting SMS 2003!! I’ve presented at many a MMS (since 2005) and user groups about leveraging VBScript and PowerShell with ConfigMgr, as well as co-authored the cult classic SMS 2003 Recipes: A problem-Solution Approach (I still refer to the code from that book  regularly). That’s enough reminiscing-Just know that pretty much all scripting that has been accomplished to date with ConfigMgr is either through COM objects or WMI. For years, the community has been begging for native PowerShell integration with ConfigMgr.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have arrived.

ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta includes over 300 PowerShell cmdlets, and the the RTM of ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 will include many more. My goal over the next few months will be to drill into these cmdlets and demonstrate how to easily leverage them to make your job easier, more consistent, and safer than it is to use the GUI. Don’t get me wrong, the GUI has its place and always will-but for frequent tasks, you will find a more repeatable and fail-proof process by using PowerShell.

As my mentor Jeffrey Snover frequently says during his presentations, the goal is to allow you to “Think, Type, Do” – Think of what you’re trying to accomplish, type a cmdlet (using standard PowerShell verbs), and Do the desired action.

If you haven’t learned PowerShell yet, please do so before it’s an emergency. Come on – all the cool kids are doing it— you should too.

Stay tuned, and if you’re looking to accomplish a specific task, send me your comments at ramseyg@hotmail.com.

Greg

About Greg Ramsey
Greg Ramsey is a systems engineer specializing in global systems management for Dell IT. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from the Ohio State University and is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. Greg coauthored SMS 2003 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Apress, 2006), Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Unleashed (Sams, 2009), Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Unleashed (Sams, 2012), and Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Administration Cookbook (Packt Publishing, 2012), and Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 Unleashed (Sams, 2012). Greg is cofounder of the Ohio SMS Users Group, and the Central Texas Systems Management User Group.

2 Responses to We have arrived – ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and PowerShell – Truly Better Together

  1. Hi Greg, have a look at my blog (www.david-obrien.de) if you like, I already tried to cover a bit of this and that.

  2. msandbu says:

    So have I http://msandbu.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/automating-configuration-manager-2012-sp1-with-powershell/ but its not all cmdlets that are easy to understand and I find that some of the cmdlets are still missing 🙂

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