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Windows PowerShell™ 3.0 Step by Step by Ed Wilson

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Understanding PowerShell providers

By identifying the providers installed with Windows PowerShell, you can begin to understand the capabilities intrinsic to a default installation. Providers expose information contained in different data stores by using a drive-and-file-system analogy. An example of this is obtaining a listing of registry keys—to do this, you would connect to the registry “drive” and use the Get-ChildItem cmdlet, which is exactly the same method you would use to obtain a listing of files on the hard drive. The only difference is the specific name associated with each drive. Developers familiar with Windows .NET programming can create new providers, but writing a provider can be complex. (See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ee126192(v=vs.85).aspx ...

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