Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to use Windows PowerShell 3 on Windows 8 to get printer status.
Question: You need to find the status of printers on a local or a remote computer. How can you do this?
Answer: Use the Get-Printer function from a Windows 8 computer. You can target a downlevel system as well. Here is the command:
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.
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.