PowerShell: Update-Help via Scheduled Task in Group Policy Preferences

Introduction

If you’re like me, you probably like to ensure that all your computers have PowerShell updatable help updated on a regular basis. You can achieve this using a variety of methods, but since Group Policy Preferences are available out of the box using Windows 7 and later, I figured it would be the perfect tool to keep PowerShell help up-to-date! The following guide will show you how to implement a Windows Scheduled Task to update PowerShell version 3.0 help on a regular basis.

The following operating systems include Group Policy Preferences Client Side Extensions (GPP-CSE) out of the box:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012

You can also deploy the Windows Management Framework Core 3.0, and Group Policy Preferences Client Side Extensions to Windows Server 2008 non-R2 systems, however the equivalent client operating system, Windows Vista, does not support WMF 3.0.

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Windows 8: Missing Resource Monitor? Not quite!

You might notice that in Windows 8, there is no shortcut to launch the Resource Monitor utility, which used to be readily available in Windows 7.

It was easy to launch Resource Monitor by simply hitting the Windows key on your keyboard, then typing the first few letters of the application’s name, and hitting enter (or maybe arrow-keying down a couple of entries, if there were ambiguous search results). In Windows 8, that shortcut no longer works by default, but Resource Monitor is not gone either. Some other websites out there have documented the fact that you can launch Performance Monitor navigating to the Performance node. On the Performance page, there is a link to open Resource Monitor; this spawns Resource Monitor into a separate window.

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PowerShell 3.0: List of Windows 8 Cmdlets & Modules

Here is a list of modules available in the new Windows Server 8:

Name
—-
ADDeploymentWF
AppLocker
Appx
BestPractices
BitsTransfer
BranchCache
CimCmdlets
ClusterAwareUpdating
DirectAccessClientComponents
Dism
DnsClient
DnsConfig
DnsLookup
DnsNrpt
FailoverClusters

 

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