October 2021 - Product Updates and Releases

October 12, 2021

This post outlines the new feature of PowerShell Pro Tools and PowerShell Universal that have been added in the October 2021 release cycle.

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PowerShell Pro Tools 2021.10.0

We have released new versions of the entire PowerShell Pro Tools suite of tools. Most of the tools contain small features and bug fixes. The PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio extension has had some big features added.

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio Pester v5 support

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio now supports Pester version 3 through 5. The discovery and test execution works within the Test Explorer.

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio Refactoring Tools

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio now supports the same refactoring tools that are available in PowerShell Pro Tools for Visual Studio Code. You’ll be able to generate functions from usage, convert to splat and more.

Full Release Notes

For the full release notes for PowerShell Pro Tools, visit our documentation page.

PowerShell Universal 2.4.0

The October release of PowerShell Universal provides many new features built into the existing feature groups. See below for some notable examples.

Folder support for Scripts

You can now organize scripts into folders. PowerShell Universal now provides both a folder and list view of the scripts page to make it easier to organize and locate your scripts.

Tag support for APIs and Dashboard

You can now tag API endpoints and dashboards. Tags also allow for filtering by tag to make it easier to locate entities in tables.

Module Information for Environments

You can now view the modules that are currently installed into each environment within PowerShell Universal. This is useful for ensuring that the functionality you expect in each place is available.

Dashboard Home Page

PowerShell Universal now has a home page that provides information about the platform. You’ll be able to see information such as jobs executed, APIs defined and whether the system is licensed.

Variables in Pages

Pages now support variables. You can pass variables to the properties of components used within the page. This means you can also pass variables to URL and scripts. Variables come from several locations. First, there are global variables available to each page. Second, you can define variables based on the route. This means you can create dynamic pages based on route such as pages for virtual machines, users or groups.

New Form Controls

We’ve added 6 new form controls to pages. You can now use the following in our forms.

Button Columns for Tables

You can now define button columns for tables. When clicking the button, it will execute an API or script and pass the selected row as an $InputObject variable to the target.

External API Support for Pages

Pages now support using external APIs for controls like forms, buttons and charts. You do not have to use an API that is defined within PowerShell Universal but can type in any API you like.

Setup Cmdlets

The setup cmdlets that are part of the Universal module have been enhanced to support more scenarios for installation. Install-PSUServer can now install the server as a Windows service, Linux systemd service or as an IIS website. The module also now supports Update-PSUServer and Remove-PSUServer.

Install-PSUServer -IISWebsite 'PowerShellUniversal'

Local Developer Licenses

PowerShell Universal license holders will now be able to generate developer licenses from their production licensed instances. Developer licenses can be used for local development purposes. They enable all the features but do not allow for remote access. This is useful when you want to develop a feature locally before deploying it to production or your QA environments.

Full Release Notes

For the full release notes for PowerShell Universal, visit our documentation page.


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