Administering systems and managing network components locally and remotely are some specialized jobs that are better left to professionals who will certainly have the appropriate tools to carry them out successfully. For those users who wish to do some of these tasks themselves, there are several Windows components that can help and among the built-in utilities that are dedicated to such purposes is PowerShell.
Since it comes only with a command-line shell by default, some may find its usage a bit difficult, but there are some programs that were designed to provide a graphical interface to this environment and one of them is PowerGUI.
This software solution includes not only an administrative interface for PowerShell, but also a script editor that will make it possible for advanced users to create and manage the cmdlets which are part of the scripts.
Through the PowerGUI Administrative Console one can check out detailed information regarding the running processes, all the system services as well as the event logs for applications, hardware events, Internet Explorer and more. There are many actions that can be carried out for each selected item, so a complete set of administration tools are always at the user’s disposal.
The network configuration can be inspected and for each network interface one will be able to view the IP statistics, the MAC address and export the data to an XML, HTML or CSV document on the spot. With PowerGUI users get full control over the registry keys, subkeys and their corresponding values, information concerning each drive and the contained files also.
Using the PowerGUI Script Editor users have the possibility of loading and editing existing scripts, but they can just as easily create new ones, perform debugging jobs, compile them and expand the functions of the application with new add-ons.
The rich set of features that PowerGUI offers is the main strength of this utility and it is doubled by an ease of use that facilitates the administration tasks, as well as the script authoring and management part.