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Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches by Don Jones

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Chapter 10. Remote control: one to one, and one to many

When I first started using PowerShell (in version 1), I was playing around with the Get-Service command, and noticed that it had a -computerName parameter. Hmmm ... does that mean it can get services from other computers, too? After a bit of experimenting, I discovered that’s exactly what it did. I got very excited and started looking for -computerName parameters on other cmdlets, and was disappointed to find that there were very few. A few more were added in v2, but the commands that have this parameter are vastly outnumbered by the commands that don’t.

What I’ve realized since is that PowerShell’s creators are a bit lazy—and that’s a good thing! They didn’t want to have to code a -computerName ...

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