Webopedia on Google+Webopedia on TwitterWebopedia on FacebookTech Bytes Blog
Main » TERM » P »

PowerShell Direct

PowerShell Direct enables system administrators to run PowerShell commands inside a virtual machine (VM) from the host operating system without having to deal with common networking issues.

PowerShell Direct will run PowerShell commands remotely in the guest OS of a virtual machine (VM) with zero configuration and without needing to worry about security policies, firewall configurations and the host networking configuration. As a result, PowerShell Direct will work even in the absence of guest VM networking or if PowerShell remoting is disabled on the guest VM.

Microsoft developed PowerShell Direct to make it easier for Hyper-V administrations to automate and script virtual machine management and configuration. Server admins can run PowerShell Direct either as an interactive session or by executing a set of PowerShell cmdlets.

Using PowerShell Direct and Current Limitations

PowerShell Direct utilizes the PowerShell Remoting Protocol (MS-PSRP) to facilitate VM management and configuration. To create a PowerShell Direct session on a VM, the following conditions need to be met:

The Get-VM cmdlet can be used to ensure the credentials used have the Hyper-V administrator roles and also to get a list of which virtual machines are running locally on the host and booted.

In terms of limitations, PowerShell Direct is currently supported only on Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10, so virtual machines on Windows Server 2012 R2 and earlier operating systems won't be able to accept PowerShell Direct commands. Also, PowerShell Direct can only send commands to the local VMs of a Hyper-V host.







TECH RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
LATEST ARTICLES
Slideshow: 5 Hot Holiday Gifts for Tech Enthusiasts

From cute electronic toys to VR gaming, here are 5 hot gifts to give to your special tech enthusiast this holiday season. Read More »

What's Hot in Tech: AI Tops the List

Like everything in technology, AI touches on so many other trends, like self-driving cars and automation, and Big Data and the Internet of Things... Read More »

DevOp's Role in Application Security

As organizations rush to release new applications, security appears to be getting short shrift. DevSecOps is a new approach that holds promise. Read More »

STUDY GUIDES
Java Basics, Part 1

Java is a high-level programming language. This guide describes the basics of Java, providing an overview of syntax, variables, data types and... Read More »

Java Basics, Part 2

This second Study Guide describes the basics of Java, providing an overview of operators, modifiers and control Structures. Read More »

The 7 Layers of the OSI Model

The Open System Interconnection (OSI) model defines a networking framework to implement protocols in seven layers. Use this handy guide to compare... Read More »