One of the gripes that Linux-haters trumpet is that one needs to use typed commands and text files to do some things on the system. Well, M$ has done such a fine job of convincing IT people that a GUI is the way to go that folks in small businesses are having a devil of a time putting their thousands of e-mail addresses into M$’s cloud solution. At a time when skilled IT people are becoming scarce again and M$ wants to go “all-in”, they want ordinary folks to brush up on their shell scripting…
“Microsoft did not deny that it requires PowerShell to import addresses into the Global Address List. PowerShell is also required to create shared mailboxes for email aliases — which, for example, would let any employee respond from a generic address, such as “email@example.com.””
Chuckle… After decades of telling people “GUI good, CLI bad“, M$ is having to tell the world they were just joking. I have worked for many years and oldman is the first person I have encountered who even knew PowerShell existed.
see Jon Brodkin, Network World- Microsoft’s Office 365 not ready to leave beta, analyst says
I must say typing and programming are two skills one should not be without. I remember being at a place that switched from something to 2000 Server and one poor sap had to sit in the server room for many hours entering account information into a GUI, multiple clicks and lots of typing for each account. A few years later when I was nearing the end of installing a complete new system for a school I had to create 700 accounts late one night. It took a few minutes to write a script and a few minutes to generate the accounts and I went home to sleep. Too bad M$’s loyal customers have been weaned off those skills so they can’t use M$’s next wonderful product… 😉