When SharePoint 2007 was released, there was very limited support for automating administrative tasks. Administrators were limited to what they could do with STSADM and the various community extensions to STSADM that were available. Windows PowerShell was also still in its infancy, and adoption of it as an administrative tool for SharePoint was extremely rare.

When SharePoint 2010 was first released to the public in beta form, it quickly became apparent that Microsoft had recognized the need for the automation of this extremely large and complex product. SharePoint 2010 was released with more Windows PowerShell cmdlets than any previous Microsoft product had. As such, the learning curve for administrators and developers has become ...

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