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Tip: Get a Free Set of PowerShell Commands for Managing Hyper-V R2


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Using a pre-existing library of Windows PowerShell functions that you can use directly from the shell can make management much simpler. Fortunately, some Microsoft employees have worked together to develop a sample Windows PowerShell Hyper-V Management Library. You can download the PowerShell Management Library for Hyper-V R2 from Microsoft’s open source project site.

The library, which currently includes 80 functions, allows you to manage a variety of components, including:
  • Virtual machine configuration and state
  • Virtual hard disks
  • Virtual floppy disks
  • Virtual CD/DVD images
  • Virtual network adapters
  • Virtual network switches
  • Snapshots

In addition, the library has a series of helper functions that help optimize code reuse and maintain a consistent interaction with the functions.

From the Microsoft Press book Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit by Robert Larson and Janique Carbone with the Windows Virtualization Team at Microsoft.

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