PowerShell for Windows Admins

Jan 2 2019   12:23PM GMT

PowerShell dashboard

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway


The PowerShell dashboard shows some interesting data:



Linux is by far the dominant platform for PowerShell v6 usage – about 4 times as much usage on Linux as Windows for December 2018!  Does this mean that PowerShell is destined to become a Linux orientated tool?  It has been stated by the PowerShell team that usage patterns will drive development so Windows users need to step up if they want input into future PowerShell


PowerShell 6.1 is taking over from 6.0 but a significant number of users are still using 6.0 and 6.1 previews – Why?


Very little V6.2 preview usage is recorded


Windows 10 is the dominant Windows version for PowerShell v6


North America accounts for just over half the v6 usage. UK is next at 4.91%.  Time for the rest of the world to contribute?


PowerShell is now open source and as such will be driven by “the community” in other words those how get involved and push their needs and/or pet views of where PowerShell will go. Is that a good thing?


The idea behind Windows PowerShell was for it to become the de facto scripting language and automation engine on Windows. It succeeded. What is the long term PowerShell v6 goal? Is to become the de facto cross-platform scripting language and automation engine? if so there needs to be a ton of functionality appear so that Linux can be managed at the same level as Windows.

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  • jkavanagh58
    If I can't do ActiveDirectory administration with V6 then it is a show stopper in most "Windows" shops. I do love running PowerShell on Linux hosts but I am just not sure about these numbers. Why PowerShell on Linux has a greater chance for success... Linux is about scripting, having gone from Unix to Windows it has always been a struggle to get Windows Admins to see the value in scripting.
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  • Richard Siddaway
    see https://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/powershell/more-powershell-v6-thoughts/
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