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PowerShell in Depth: An Administrator's Guide

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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...

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Overview

Summary

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. PART 1: POWERSHELL FUNDAMENTALS
  2. Introduction
  3. PowerShell hosts
  4. Using the PowerShell help system
  5. The basics of PowerShell syntax
  6. Working with PSSnapins and modules
  7. Operators
  8. Working with objects
  9. The PowerShell pipeline
  10. Formatting

  11. PART 2: POWERSHELL MANAGEMENT
  12. PowerShell Remoting
  13. Background jobs and scheduling
  14. Working with credentials
  15. Regular expressions
  16. Working with HTML and XML data
  17. PSDrives and PSProviders
  18. Variables, arrays, hash tables, and scriptblocks
  19. PowerShell security
  20. Advanced PowerShell syntax

  21. PART 3: POWERSHELL SCRIPTING AND AUTOMATION
  22. PowerShell's scripting language
  23. Basic scripts and functions
  24. Creating objects for output
  25. Scope
  26. PowerShell workflows
  27. Advanced syntax for scripts and functions
  28. Script modules and manifest modules
  29. Custom formatting views
  30. Custom type extensions
  31. Data language and internationalization
  32. Writing help
  33. Error handling techniques
  34. Debugging tools and techniques
  35. Functions that work like cmdlets
  36. Tips and tricks for creating reports

  37. PART 4: ADVANCED POWERSHELL
  38. Working with the Component Object Model (COM)
  39. Working with .NET Framework objects
  40. Accessing databases
  41. Proxy functions
  42. Building a GUI
  43. WMI and CIM
  44. Best practices
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617290558
  • Publisher: Manning Publications Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 632
  • Sales rank: 487,351
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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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