21.8. New Providers
The PowerShell Community Extensions project contains quite a few of cmdlets, functions, and scripts. That is not all—the snap-in assembly contains three providers that can help us out a lot. Two of the providers allow us to manipulate machine-specific information stores: one works with the .NET global assembly cache, the other can access the Internet Explorer 7 feed store. The third provider works in a Windows domain only, and it allows us to work with the domain's Active Directory in a way that is familiar to us. The providers make those stores look like file systems inside PowerShell, and we can use familiar cmdlets to navigate, extract data, and manipulate items.
21.8.1. Reading from the .NET Global Assembly Cache