An overview of PowerGUI tool

Hello folks,

I was reading the Rui J. M. Silva’s Blog ( that is one of my favourites blogs and I saw an interesting post about some help tools to PowerShell ( So.. I decided to start this post..

There is a powerful Tool  available on the internet, called PowerGUI. It is a Free GUI (Graphical User Interface) PowerShell Tool sponsered by Quest. The PowerGUI allows we to use the Windows PowerShell in a familiar and intuitive GUI, like a MMC console.

To download the PowerGui, we can check the new version out, at the official site:

When you install the Tool you have the opportunity to set up the builtin scripts/cmdlets that you want. Let’s take an overview of the tool…

Starting the PowerGUI..

The startup screen of the PowerShell…

 After started, we can see the folders separated by features (Network, Exchange 2007 and Local System), each node above those items can be scripts or cmdlets, we can create more scripts and cmdlets to add functionalities to the PowerGui, in this post I will be using only the builtin Nodes.

In the Figure bellow we are running the node Mailboxes that it is the get-mailbox cmdlet, beside of the main frame we have some features that we can customize for each view, in the Figure we have the Links, Actions and Actions Common (that are equal for all cmdlets) section. In the same figure yet, we are selecting an user and we are going to click on Statistics.

That Statistics Actions is the Get-MailboxStatistics and the result is shown in the figure below.


The tool has a lot of resources, in this post my intention was to show the tool and how we can see good oportunities to decrease the administrative tasks using the PowerGUI.

Tomorrow, I will be posting how to create nodes and Actions in the PowerGUI.

Best Regards,
Anderson Patricio.

One thought on “An overview of PowerGUI tool

  1. Hi Anderson,

    Since you’re obviously interested in helping minimize the learning curve for PowerShell I recommend you check out the Integrated PowerShell Help snapin for PowerGUI. Here’s the direct link:

    It was designed for the purpose of bringing the rich help information that is inherent in PowerShell out for the end user who is just getting started. It’s dynamic too, so all snap-ins are supported. Plus, you get to see all of the code used to get that information so it’s a great learning tool (if I do say so myself).

    If you get a chance to take a look, please let me know what you think in the comments for the snapin or in the PowerGUI forums.


    Kirk out.

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