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Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell Beta 1; SMLets Beta 4; Entity Framework Power Tools Beta 2 Released

The SMLets CodePlex Beta 4 released today has come a long way since its humble beginnings with Get-SCSMIncident. The major new improvements for this release are:

  • “Compiled against the RTM version of the SCSM 2012 SDK binaries
  • There is now four different installer packages for use in different situations – 2012 x64/x86 and 2010 x64/x86. This will enable using SMLets in Orchestrator since Orchestrator is a x86 only process. There have been some new cmdlets that have been added that are only useful against the SCSM 2012 SDK. That is the reason for creating separate 2010 and 2012 installers.
  • The installer will now install into C:\Program Files\Common Files\SMLets instead of $PSHome,” informs Microsoft SCSM team blog.

Some of the new cmdlets that have been added allow you to manipulate the service catalog in 2012:

  • “Add-SCSMRequestOffering
  • Get-SCSMRequestOffering
  • Get-SCSMRequestOfferingQuestion
  • Get-SCSMServiceOffering
  • New-SCSMRequestOffering
  • New-SCSMRequestOfferingQuestion
  • New-SCSMServiceOffering
  • Remove-SCSMRequestOffering
  • Remove-SCSMServiceOffering,” added SCSM team.

Upgrade instructions from SMLets Beta 3:

  1. Uninstall beta 3 from Add/Remove Programs
  2. Install SMLets Beta 4.

Download SMLets Beta 4 from CodePlex.

Microsoft Script Explorer (Script Explorer) for Windows PowerShell Beta 1

Also, released today, is the Beta 1 of Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell (Script Explorer).

“Script Explorer is an extension of the Windows PowerShell content and guidance experience, combining the vast amount of knowledge held in the community with resources that are available from Microsoft,” Microsoft stated.

Script Explorer is integrated as an Add-On to Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE).

With Script Explorer, you can:

  • Discover information that is related to Windows PowerShell from across the community and Microsoft.
  • Search seamlessly across repositories such as the Microsoft TechNet Script Center and PoshCode.org to locate samples that are relevant to you.
  • Establish, grow, and search local file systems and corporate repositories.

Download Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell Beta 1 from Download Center.

You can also extend Script Explorer to include your own repository by using the Script Explorer Repository SDK.

Entity Framework Power Tools Beta 2

Finally, the Entity Framework Power Tools which provide additional design-time tools in Visual Studio to help you develop using the Entity Framework today received Beta 2.

Beta 2 improves the quality of the previous release, and also adds new functionality.

  • Code generated by reverse engineer can be customized using T4 templates.
  • Fixed many reverse engineer bugs relating to the code that we generate.
  • Generate Views (formerly Optimize Entity Data Model) is now available for database-first and model-first. Right-click on an EDMX file to access the command.
  • Enhanced DbContext and database discovery. We fixed many bugs around how we locate your DbContext and the database it connects to.

The Entity Framework Power Tools are available on the Visual Studio Gallery. You can also install them directly from Visual Studio by selecting ‘Tools -> Extension Manager…’ then searching for “Entity Framework Power Tools” in the Online Gallery.

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