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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Windows Infrastructure

PowerShell is first and foremost a Windows language and shell, and as such it builds on—and is built on—the components and infrastructure of Windows. This includes the .NET Framework, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), Windows Remote Management (WinRM), and the Component Object Model (COM). Understanding some basics of these underpinnings will help you understand how PowerShell works and where PowerShell gets its power and flexibility.

The .NET Framework

In a traditional scripting environment, whether it be DOS, VBScript, Perl, or another scripting language, you mostly work with simple strings. PowerShell, however, relies on the .NET Framework for most of what it does: Where a traditional scripting language manipulates ...

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