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  • The day PS7 includes the Active Directory module then will be useful, otherwise is just another tool

  • CoderDude

    But... but... but...

    You can add the AD stuff, at least on Windows with PSCorev6 using the Windows Compatibility module. THis is fully documented, by Microsoft, here:

    In PSv7, did you even download it, install it, and look, before making your statement?

    Just say'in.

    PS D:\Scripts> $host

    Name : ConsoleHost

    Version : 7.0.0-preview.1

    InstanceId : fb1de603-9a04-49eb-86c5-82939925a394

    UI : System.Management.Automation.Internal.Host.InternalHostUserInterface

    CurrentCulture : en-US

    CurrentUICulture : en-US

    PrivateData : Microsoft.PowerShell.ConsoleHost+ConsoleColorProxy

    DebuggerEnabled : True

    IsRunspacePushed : False

    Runspace : System.Management.Automation.Runspaces.LocalRunspace


    PS D:\Scripts> Get-Module

    ModuleType Version Name ExportedCommands

    ---------- ------- ---- ----------------

    Manifest Microsoft.PowerShell.Management {Add-Content, Clear-Content, Clear-Item, Clear-ItemProperty…}

    Manifest Microsoft.PowerShell.Utility {Add-Member, Add-Type, Clear-Variable, Compare-Object…}

    Script 2.0.0 PSReadLine {Get-PSReadLineKeyHandler, Get-PSReadLineOption, Remove-PSRe…

    Script 1.0.0 WindowsCompatibility {Add-WindowsPSModulePath, Add-WinFunction, Compare-WinModule…

    PS D:\Scripts> Get-Module -ListAvailable


    Directory: C:\Program Files\PowerShell\Modules

    ModuleType Version Name PSEdition ExportedCommands

    ---------- ------- ---- --------- ----------------

    Script 1.0.0 WindowsCompatibility Core {Initialize-WinSession, Add-WinFunction, Invoke-Wi…

    Directory: C:\program files\powershell\7-preview\Modules

    ModuleType Version Name PSEdition ExportedCommands

    ---------- ------- ---- --------- ----------------

    Manifest CimCmdlets Core {Get-CimAssociatedInstance, Get-CimClass, Get-CimI…

    Manifest Microsoft.PowerShell.Archive Desk {Compress-Archive, Expand-Archive}

    Manifest Microsoft.PowerShell.Diagnostics Core {Get-WinEvent, New-WinEvent}

    Manifest Microsoft.PowerShell.Host Core {Start-Transcript, Stop-Transcript}

    Manifest Microsoft.PowerShell.Management Core {Add-Content, Clear-Content, Clear-ItemProperty, J…

    Manifest Microsoft.PowerShell.Security Core {Get-Acl, Set-Acl, Get-PfxCertificate, Get-Credent…

    Manifest Microsoft.PowerShell.Utility Core {Export-Alias, Get-Alias, Import-Alias, New-Alias…}

    Manifest Microsoft.WSMan.Management Core {Disable-WSManCredSSP, Enable-WSManCredSSP, Get-WS…

    Script 1.4 PackageManagement Desk {Find-Package, Get-Package, Get-PackageProvider, G…

    Script 2.1.4 PowerShellGet Desk {Find-Command, Find-DSCResource, Find-Module, Find…

    Script 0.0 PSDesiredStateConfiguration Desk {AddDscResourcePropertyFromMetadata, Get-MofInstan…

    Script PSDiagnostics Core {Disable-PSTrace, Disable-PSWSManCombinedTrace, Di…

    Script 2.0.0 PSReadLine Desk {Get-PSReadLineKeyHandler, Set-PSReadLineKeyHandle…

    Binary 1.1.2 ThreadJob Desk Start-ThreadJob

    Directory: C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules

    ModuleType Version Name PSEdition ExportedCommands

    ---------- ------- ---- --------- ----------------

    Manifest ActiveDirectory Core,Desk {Add-ADCentralAccessPolicyMember, Add-ADComputerSe…

    Manifest Appx Core,Desk {Add-AppxPackage, Get-AppxPackage, Get-AppxPackage…

    Script AssignedAccess Core,Desk {Clear-AssignedAccess, Get-AssignedAccess, Set-Ass…


    As long as you in in a Windows Forest / doman, and can reach an DC, you can most certainly use it.

    PS D:\Scripts> Import-Module -Name ActiveDirectory

    WARNING: Error initializing default drive: 'Unable to find a default server with Active Directory Web Services running.'.

    On WS2K19, and PSCore, it is there, MS demo'd this at MSIgnite 2018.

    So, no, not exactly like RSAT, but there.

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