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PowerShell in Depth: An administrator's guide [Paperback]

Don Jones , Richard Siddaway , Jeffrey Hicks
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Book Description

3 Mar 2013 1617290556 978-1617290558 1


PowerShell in Depth is the kind of book you'll want open on your desk most of the time. With 40 short chapters, each focused on a specific area of PowerShell, you'll be able to find the answers you need quickly. Each chapter is concise and to-the-point, so you can spend less time reading and more time getting down to the business at hand. It was written by three seasoned PowerShell experts, and every technique has been thoroughly tested. With this book in hand, you'll be able to consistently and quickly produce production quality, maintainable scripts that will save you countless hours of time and effort.

About this Book

Organized into 40 concise chapters, PowerShell in Depth is the go-to reference for administrators working with Windows PowerShell. Every major shell technique, technology, and tactic is explained and demonstrated, providing a comprehensive reference to almost everything an admin would do in the shell. Written by three experienced authors and PowerShell MVPs, this is the PowerShell book you'll keep next to your monitor—not on your bookshelf!

This book requires basic familiarity with PowerShell.

What's Inside

  • Covers PowerShell 3.0
  • Automating time-consuming tasks
  • Managing HTML and XML data
  • Background jobs and scheduling
  • PowerShell security
  • Packaging and deploying scripts
  • Standard scripting conventions
  • Using the .NET Framework in PowerShell scripts
  • Much more

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the Authors

Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks, and Richard Siddaway are Microsoft MVPs who have collectively authored nearly three dozen books on PowerShell and Windows administration.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. PowerShell hosts
  3. Using the PowerShell help system
  4. The basics of PowerShell syntax
  5. Working with PSSnapins and modules
  6. Operators
  7. Working with objects
  8. The PowerShell pipeline
  9. Formatting
  11. PowerShell Remoting
  12. Background jobs and scheduling
  13. Working with credentials
  14. Regular expressions
  15. Working with HTML and XML data
  16. PSDrives and PSProviders
  17. Variables, arrays, hash tables, and scriptblocks
  18. PowerShell security
  19. Advanced PowerShell syntax
  21. PowerShell's scripting language
  22. Basic scripts and functions
  23. Creating objects for output
  24. Scope
  25. PowerShell workflows
  26. Advanced syntax for scripts and functions
  27. Script modules and manifest modules
  28. Custom formatting views
  29. Custom type extensions
  30. Data language and internationalization
  31. Writing help
  32. Error handling techniques
  33. Debugging tools and techniques
  34. Functions that work like cmdlets
  35. Tips and tricks for creating reports
  37. Working with the Component Object Model (COM)
  38. Working with .NET Framework objects
  39. Accessing databases
  40. Proxy functions
  41. Building a GUI
  42. WMI and CIM
  43. Best practices

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Product details

  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (3 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617290556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617290558
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don Jones is a PowerShell MVP, speaker, and trainer. He developed the Microsoft PowerShell courseware and has taught PowerShell to more than 20,000 IT pros. Don writes the PowerShell column for TechNet Magazine and blogs about PowerShell at PowerShell.com. Ask Don your PowerShell questions at http://bit.ly/AskDon.

Richard Siddaway has 22 years of experience working with Microsoft technologies as an analyst-programmer, server administration, support, DBA and architect.

Jeffery Hicks is a PowerShell MVP with 20 years of IT experience. Jeff works today as an independent consultant, trainer, and author. He has taught PowerShell to IT Pros all over the world. He writes the popular Prof. PowerShell column for MCPMag.com and is a weekly contributor to the Petri IT Knowledgebase. Jeff blogs frequently on PowerShell related topics at http://jdhitsolutions.com/blog.

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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome! 7 April 2014
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A great reference book for your powershell daily tasks. If i ever find myself in a bind and need something to be clarified, that is the book to turn to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Book! 30 April 2013
By Nano - Published on Amazon.com
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Really great book which I read from end to end. I am in IT dealing with server administration and automation. If you are looking for a great powershell 3.0 resource this book is it! Beyond the basics of simple cmdlet execution and a book I would recommend to any IT Admin.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Admin Book on Powershell 4 Jan 2014
By James Zerkle - Published on Amazon.com
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I think I have purchased almost every book written on Powershell bar none. He not only covers the subject in depth but also provides pertinent information specifically targeted to administrators. This isn't a cook book... it provides in depth descriptions of how things work and how to use it to get the most out of it.

Definitely a must have for any administrator of desktop support person interesting in using this powerful tool!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In depth is a good description 2 May 2013
By Steve Squibb - Published on Amazon.com
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I have only worked through three chapters of this book but the material is very in depth. There are things about Powershell the author describes in this book that I have not found anywhere else. It is especially good in helping the user avoid a lot of "gotchas".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Can Choose Only One POSH Book, Make it This One 11 April 2014
By Eric Siron - Published on Amazon.com
I have a few PowerShell books that I consider indispensable, but if I were allowed only one, this would be it. This book has everything from the very basics up through the very advanced. I've owned it for several months now and I still refer to it many times each week.
PowerShell has grown so much through the versions that even if you've been using it since the beginning, it's hard to keep up with. This book helps you to wrap your head around its features and to become prepared for all the things you'll run into in the field.
It might be a bit much for the total newcomer, but it's not insurmountable. The long-term benefits of having this available as a reference definitely outweigh any of the negatives of initial density.
I do have one minor warning. Some lesser concepts are presented somewhat conversationally, meaning that they'll appear as an aside in sections about other topics. Every single one of them makes perfect sense in context, but later on they can be difficult to find. It's not nearly a severe enough issue to cost it even a single a star, but I would say that any time something interests you and it's not the main subject of the section, dog-ear or sticky note or mark the page in some way so you can quickly find it later. This is a large book and it's not fun to play the "I know it's in here somewhere!" game.
This is a book you will want to keep on your desk.
5.0 out of 5 stars and this book was excellent for building upon my basic understanding of PowerShell commands ... 15 July 2014
By David - Published on Amazon.com
My experience in server administration/scripting is at a beginner/first-timer level, and this book was excellent for building upon my basic understanding of PowerShell commands in the console. I highly recommend this book for the upcoming and experienced administrators - PowerShell is very powerful.
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