Easily create a record of all PowerShell commands and associated output

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 8 May 2013 / Last Updated on 8 May 2013]

How to create easily a record of all Windows PowerShell commands typed in the Windows PowerShell console, and the output associated with those commands.

Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) on how to create easily a record of all Windows PowerShell commands typed in the Windows PowerShell console, and the output associated with those commands. Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.

Question: You want to create a log of all commands and output typed into the Windows PowerShell console. How can you do this?

Answer: Use the Start-Transcript cmdlet. It automatically records all commands and associated output typed in the Windows PowerShell console. The command appears here.

Start-Transcript

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see http://www.mtit.com

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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