Chapter 6. Introduction to PowerShell and the Exchange Management Shell

Microsoft PowerShell is a new, extensible, object-oriented command-line interface for the Windows operating system. The Exchange Management Shell (EMS) is a set of Exchange-specific extensions to Microsoft's PowerShell. The EMS was introduced with Exchange Server 2007 and has been further enhanced with Exchange Server 2010, including the ability to use the EMS against remote servers.

In this chapter, we introduce you to both PowerShell and the EMS. Introducing a concept like PowerShell or the EMS in just a few pages is difficult, but we hope to give you a basic idea of some of the capabilities and encourage you to learn more.

Is knowledge of the EMS required? Some administrators ...

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