One of my favorite ways of monitoring jobs from the Unix command line was to tail an output file using the -f switch. This way I could see updates to my screen as they were written to the file. It is a good progress indicator for jobs that are active:
tail -f filename.txt
I always wanted an equivalent command in Windows PowerShell, but I was unable to find it until a colleague of mine pointed me in the right direction this week. The PowerShell syntax is:
get-content -Path “C:\filename.txt” -Wait
Now I monitor jobs just as well in Windows! Thanks Will!