Windows PowerShell offers personalized scripting, advanced automation and productivity solutions for administrators and power users. PowerShell has become the ace in the hole when it comes to system automation.
The PowerShell command cmdlets allow you to do similar tasks that you would do with the admin portals but do them in scripting where you can sequentially execute multiple commands or pipe output from one to automate common tasks.
Microsoft offers many free scripts on the “Script Resources for IT Professionals” web page that you can download, use, or add to. Make sure the script is as up-to-date as possible and has a good rating. The download page also shows which operating systems the script has been released for. The license conditions of the scripts are also displayed when downloading.
Learning to create scripts. A great PowerShell YouTube tutorial resource can be found here on on ScriptRunner.
PowerShell is the most powerful automation tool that Microsoft has to offer, and its both a shell and a scripting language. Geek School has a great tutorial on “Learn How to Automate Windows with PowerShell” here.
Windows PowerShell is not going away any time soon. Most Microsoft products will eventually use it and It can make your life easier (automation). Take advantage of it!