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

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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