Windows PowerShell in 24 Hours

About the Author: Timothy Warner

Timothy Warner is an IT professional and technical instructor based in Nashville, Tennessee. Tim was introduced to information technology by his father, who bought a Timex Sinclair 1000 computer for the family in 1982. He also learned BASIC programming. You can learn more from his blog – Two Minute PowerShell:

Why is learning Windows PowerShell is essential?

Learning Windows PowerShell is essential if you want to work as a Windows system administrator, or plan on doing so in the near future. You will also need to be able to use Windows PowerShell automation and scripting to further your IT administration career.

This is the real benefit for you: If you learn how to harness Windows PowerShell you will be a more valuable Windows system administrator. If you are valuable in the IT industry, you can have a steady, lucrative career as well as a secure, and financially lucrative, life.

Sams Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell In 24 Hours

Sams Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell In 24 Hours teaches you how to streamline every aspect of Windows administration in just 24 lessons. This will help you increase your productivity as an IT professional and power user. The book’s simple, step-by–step approach teaches you how to create and run scripts and extend Windows PowerShell’s reach. It also demonstrates how to manage remote computers and automate a variety of tasks on any Windows client or server. Each lesson builds upon what you have already learned and gives you a solid foundation for real-world success.

  • These step-by-step instructions will guide you through common PowerShell scripting tasks.
  • Practical examples and hands-on exercises will show you how to put what you have learned into practice.
  • You can test your knowledge with quizzes or exercises.
  • These notes, tips and cautions highlight shortcuts, pitfalls and solutions.

This book will teach you how– 

  • Windows PowerShell can be installed, configured, and explored (including PowerShell 5 updates).
  • Use.NET’s incredible power and scope to your advantage with simple-to-use cmdlets
  • Create new scripts using the console, ISE visual instruments, and other popular hosts
  • Use best practices to create scripts that are more reliable, flexible and team-friendly.
  • Effectively work with the pipeline, objects and data
  • Windows PowerShell can be extended via drives, providers, and output
  • PowerShell allows you to run external tools such as ping, tracert, and ipconfig.
  • Remotely manage computers using basic and advanced remote management (WinRM, WMI and Regex).
  • PSWA allows you to configure Windows devices on the internet with PSWA
  • Filter, sort, measure, format, export and convert script output
  • Windows PowerShell can be used in the background or scheduled jobs to run flexibly
  • Profile scripts, alternative credentials, third-party tools, and packages allow you to customize your environment.
  • With Desired State Configuration, you can increase your control over Windows services and systems.
  • Administrator of key tasks for SQL Server, SharePoint and other Windows servers
  • Learn PowerShell skills to get Microsoft certifications

Who Should Read This Book?

If you don’t know Windows PowerShell, your chances of passing the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), exams are bleak. This is not only about Windows Server 2012 R2 certification.

Microsoft Learning emphasizes PowerShell-based administration for all their products today. You can’t escape this technology no matter what you do.

Windows system administrators:

Perhaps you have been familiar with Windows PowerShell for a while, but you may not have been learning it because it seemed too complicated or mathematical. I can assure you that you will not be scared of PowerShell by the time this book is finished. It will make your life easier as a “boots-on the ground” sysadmin.

IT novices:

If you’re looking to transition into full-time IT, you’re welcome, regardless of whether you’re a graduate from a trade school or college or from a different field. Learning Windows PowerShell early in your IT career will give you an advantage. You’ll be able integrate PowerShell automation seamlessly into your IT vision.

Don’t be discouraged if you feel you don’t fit into any of these categories. You’ll be fine if you focus on learning and having fun.

You can visit Microsoft’s website to learn more about Windows PowerShell.

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