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Hello,

I am a DOS die-hard and have been reluctant to abandon it. I was just performing some tests in PowerShell 2.0 and found that I can run all the regular DOS commands inside Powershell. Is this a problem or is this a feature of PowerShell? What are the benefits of running PowerShell verses MS DOS? Does it handle memory better, etc? I have a lot of batch scripts that I run in DOS. Should I expect any problems running DOS batch scripts in Powershell? I would appreciate feedback on this.

Thanks,
John
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- needs longer to start.
+ allows for direct .NET (and other) object access, as in WSH
+ 2.0 allows for remote code execution, making WMI and WSH superfluous.
+ can run most of the DOS prompt commands
+ has a job management system, so you can run background jobs, and collect and process the output

As processing is always done via objects, you have attributes you can sort on, format, filter, and many more. Even flat files can be handled the same way.

IMO you need some time to make yourself comfortable with the syntax and features, but it pays. I would, however, not convert existing batch files without need. I'm still hesitant myself, but I see the power of that shell. There is a good article here at http:/A_3296-The-Absolute-Beginner's-Guide-to-Powershell.html which explains some basics for dummies, and is a good introduction where that power lies.

And don't forget the Command Prompt features are not that reliable. To see some side effects and bugs you might want to read http:/A_673-Advanced-DOS-batch-pitfalls.html .
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Thank you. This is very good information and the references are also good resources.
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