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PowerShell: Use a destructive PowerShell cmdlet safely

PowerShell has a built-in safety switch to many of its cmdlets.

The –whatif parameter, which is meant to show you what would happen if you used a PowerShell cmdlet without actually executing the cmdlet. An example of this in action is in the following Remove-Item cmdlet.


This will attempt to remove the document, HSG-Article-Sean-Should-Not-Lose.docx, without actually removing it.

Remove-Item .\HSG-Article-Sean-Should-Not-Lose.docx -WhatIf

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