Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step by Step

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Teach yourself the fundamentals of Windows PowerShell command line interface and scripting language. Written by a leading scripting expert, this tutorial delivers self-paced labs, timesaving tips, and hands-on sample scripts for automating Windows administration—one step at a time.

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Overview

Teach yourself the fundamentals of Windows PowerShell command line interface and scripting language. Written by a leading scripting expert, this tutorial delivers self-paced labs, timesaving tips, and hands-on sample scripts for automating Windows administration—one step at a time.

Discover how to:

  • Use built-in cmdlets to execute commands
  • Write scripts to handle recurring tasks and configure scheduled jobs
  • Use providers to access information external to the shell environment
  • Configure network components using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
  • Manage users, groups, and computers with Active Directory Services
  • Execute scripts for administering and troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
  • PLUS—Get a complete list of cmdlet commands and a guide for moving from VBScript to Windows Powershell

CD features:

  • All practice exercises
  • 100+ sample scripts to adapt for your own work
  • Scriptomatic 2.0 scripting tool
  • WMI scripting tools and utilities
  • Fully searchable eBook

A Note Regarding the CD or DVD

The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to booktech@oreilly.com.

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Windows finally has the command line shell and scripting language it's long needed. With over 130 command line tools, all integrated with consistent syntax and utilities, PowerShell is among the best things that's ever happened to Windows administrators. So is this book.

Microsoft's Step by Step format is perfect for learning PowerShell. You'll build your skills incrementally, at your own pace, with hands-on examples: from ridiculously simple stuff (listing directories) all the way to creating Active Directory providers, LDAP names, and multiple organizational units. The latter is an example of the book's larger-scale projects. There's one in every chapter, ranging from obtaining WMI service information to displaying all users in a specific city. There's a library of practice scripts on the companion CD, too.

If you still doubt the value and power of Windows scripting, this fresh, modern tutorial will make you a believer. Bill Camarda, from the June 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735623958
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Wilson is a well-known scripting expert who delivers popular scripting workshops to Microsoft customers and employees worldwide. He's written several books on Windows scripting, including Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices, Microsoft® Windows PowerShell Step By Step, and Microsoft VBScript Step by Step. Ed is a senior consultant at Microsoft Corporation and writes Hey, Scripting Guy!, one of the most popular TechNet blogs.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments;
About This Book;
A Practical Approach to Scripting;
Is This Book for Me?;
Outline of This Book;
Finding Your Best Starting Point;
About the Companion CD;
System Requirements;
Technical Support;
Chapter 1: Overview of Windows PowerShell;
1.1 Understanding Windows PowerShell;
1.2 Using Cmdlets;
1.3 Using Command Line Utilities;
1.4 Security Issues with Windows PowerShell;
1.5 Working with Windows PowerShell;
1.6 Supplying Options for Cmdlets;
1.7 Working with the Help Options;
1.8 Exploring Commands: Step-by-Step Exercises;
1.9 One Step Further: Obtaining Help;
1.10 Chapter 1 Quick Reference;
Chapter 2: Using Windows PowerShell Cmdlets;
2.1 Understanding the Basics of Cmdlets;
2.2 Leveraging the Power of Get-Command;
2.3 Using the Get-Member Cmdlet;
2.4 Using the New-Object Cmdlet;
2.5 Creating a PowerShell Profile;
2.6 Working with Cmdlets: Step-by-Step Exercises;
2.7 One Step Further: Working with New-Object;
2.8 Chapter 2 Quick Reference;
Chapter 3: Leveraging PowerShell Providers;
3.1 Identifying the Providers;
3.2 Understanding the Alias Provider;
3.3 Understanding the Certificate Provider;
3.4 Understanding the Environment Provider;
3.5 Understanding File System Provider;
3.6 Understanding the Function Provider;
3.7 Understanding the Registry Provider;
3.8 Understanding the Variable Provider;
3.9 Exploring the Certificate Provider: Step-by-Step Exercises;
3.10 One Step Further: Examining the Environment Provider;
3.11 Chapter 3 Quick Reference;
Chapter 4: Using PowerShell Scripts;
4.1 Why Write Windows PowerShell Scripts;
4.2 Enabling Script Support;
4.3 Understanding Variables and Constants;
4.4 Looping Through Code;
4.5 Making Decisions;
4.6 Creating Multiple Folders: Step-by-Step Exercises;
4.7 One Step Further: Deleting Multiple Folders;
4.8 Chapter 4 Quick Reference;
Chapter 5: Using WMI;
5.1 Understanding the WMI Model;
5.2 Working with Objects and Namespaces;
5.3 Listing WMI Providers;
5.4 Working with WMI Classes;
5.5 Querying WMI;
5.6 Obtaining Service Information: Step-by-Step Exercises;
5.7 One Step Further: Working with Printers;
5.8 Chapter 6 Quick Reference;
Chapter 6: Querying WMI;
6.1 Alternate Ways to Connect to WMI;
6.2 Tell Me Everything About Everything!;
6.3 Selective Data from All Instances;
6.4 Selecting Multiple Properties;
6.5 Choosing Specific Instances;
6.6 Utilizing an Operator;
6.7 Where Is the Where?;
6.8 Working with Software: Step-by-Step Exercises;
6.9 One Step Further: Windows Environment Settings;
6.10 Chapter 6 Quick Reference;
Chapter 7: Working with Active Directory;
7.1 Creating Objects in Active Directory;
7.2 Creating Users;
7.3 Working with Users;
7.4 Creating the Address Page;
7.5 Deleting Users;
7.6 Creating Multiple Organizational Units: Step-by-Step Exercises;
7.7 One Step Further: Creating Multivalued Users;
7.8 Chapter 7 Quick Reference;
Chapter 8: Leveraging the Power of ADO;
8.1 Connecting to Active Directory with ADO;
8.2 Creating More Effective Queries;
8.3 Searching for Specific Types of Objects;
8.4 What Is Global Catalog?;
8.5 Creating an ADO Query into Active Directory: Step-by-Step Exercises;
8.6 One Step Further: Controlling How a Script Executes Against Active Directory;
8.7 Chapter 8 Quick Reference;
Chapter 9: Managing Exchange 2007;
9.1 Exploring the Exchange 2007 Cmdlets;
9.2 Configuring Recipient Settings;
9.3 Managing Storage Settings;
9.4 Managing Logging;
9.5 Creating User Accounts: Step-by-Step Exercises;
9.6 One Step Further: Configuring Message Tracking;
9.7 Chapter 9 Quick Reference;
Cmdlets Installed with Windows PowerShell;
Cmdlet Naming;
Translating VBScript to Windows PowerShell;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    Fairly Decent

    This is a fairly decent book with some errors in the authors scripts. I've also found some redundancy that appears to be simply trying to take up space to complete a book. It has no personality and makes for a pretty boring read. Even for a technical book (which I've read several). Although I did learn a few things about PowerShell without having any previous experience. I wouldn¿t recommend it.

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