Windows PowerShell Step by Step

Windows PowerShell Step by Step by Ed Wilson – Ed Wilson is Microsoft’s most prolific author of technical documentation about Windows, and his latest book is a perfect introduction for anyone who wants to learn PowerShell.

Ed takes you from knowing nothing about PowerShell through basic commands, managing objects in memory and using functions to start working with output that you can use right away.

This isn’t a list of commands with explanations (although those are included too), but rather an easy-to-follow guide that teaches PowerShell as a language. At just over 500 pages, it’s dense reading (you’ll definitely want to break things up), but if you’re looking for thorough coverage of everything there is to know about PowerShell, then Step by Step is your best bet.

This PowerShell book from Microsoft is a great entry point for new administrators who want to get up and running with PowerShell quickly.

With chapters focused on individual topics, it’s easy to follow along and learn about a new command each time you pick up your laptop. For those with some experience under their belt, there are also tips and tricks sprinkled throughout that can help you become more efficient when working in PowerShell.

If you’re looking for a how-to guide but don’t want one that assumes any particular level of knowledge—or if you just want something straightforward—this is a good place to start.

This book walks you through getting PowerShell up and running quickly, before moving onto real-world examples of working with files, folders, Registry keys, processes, services and more. It’s an easy read that gets right into practical PowerShell use.

The best part is that you don’t need any prior experience with programming or scripting to understand what Wilson is talking about. You will be writing your own scripts by Chapter 3. If you want to learn how to code PowerShell at home, Wilson’s book is your go-to resource. In fact, it might even be easier than searching for a million how-to articles online.

The subtitle of Ed Wilson’s book Windows PowerShell Step by Step provides a good summary of what you can expect.

The goal is to get you productive quickly, not just understand how things work. This is why there are numerous screenshots throughout that show how commands work or steps to follow.

The book uses a script-based approach and also includes plenty of practice exercises, so you can reinforce what you learn. If your job requires learning Windows PowerShell, consider starting with Ed Wilson’s excellent guide first.

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