Windows PowerShell Best Practices

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Expert recommendations, pragmatically applied.

Automate system administration using Windows PowerShell best practices—and optimize your operational efficiency. With this practical guide, Windows PowerShell expert and instructor Ed Wilson delivers field-tested tips, real-world examples, and candid advice culled from administrators across a range of business and technical ...

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Overview

Expert recommendations, pragmatically applied.

Automate system administration using Windows PowerShell best practices—and optimize your operational efficiency. With this practical guide, Windows PowerShell expert and instructor Ed Wilson delivers field-tested tips, real-world examples, and candid advice culled from administrators across a range of business and technical scenarios. If you’re an IT professional with Windows PowerShell experience, this book is ideal.

Discover how to:

  • Use Windows PowerShell to automate Active Directory tasks
  • Explore available WMI classes and methods with CIM cmdlets
  • Identify and track scripting opportunities to avoid duplication
  • Use functions to encapsulate business logic and reuse code
  • Design your script’s best input method and output destination
  • Test scripts by checking their syntax and performance
  • Choose the most suitable method for running remote commands
  • Manage software services with Desired State Configuration
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735666498
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 1/22/2014
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 760
  • Sales rank: 618,946
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Wilson, MCSE, CISSP, is a well-known scripting expert and author of "Hey Scripting Guy!", one of the most popular blogs on Microsoft TechNet. Ed has written six books on Microsoft Windows scripting for Microsoft Press, including three Windows PowerShell titles: Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices, Windows PowerShell Scripting Guide, and Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step by Step. He has delivered a popular Windows PowerShell workshop to Microsoft Premier customers worldwide, and has spoken at the Microsoft TechEd and TechReady conferences. Before coming to work for Microsoft, Ed was a senior consultant for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner where he specialized in Active Directory design and Exchange Server implementation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Understanding the basics of Windows PowerShell

Chapter 1: Survey of Windows PowerShell capabilities

Chapter 2: Using the CIM cmdlets

Planning for scripting

Chapter 3: Using the Active Directory module

Chapter 4: Identifying scripting opportunities

Chapter 5: Configuring the script environment

Chapter 6: Avoiding scripting pitfalls

Chapter 7: Tracking scripting opportunities

Designing the script

Chapter 8: Designing the script

Chapter 9: Designing help for scripts

Chapter 10: Designing modules

Chapter 11: Handling input and output

Chapter 12: Handling errors

Chapter 13: Testing scripts

Chapter 14: Documenting scripts

Deploying the script

Chapter 15: Managing the execution policy

Chapter 16: Running scripts

Chapter 17: Versioning scripts

Chapter 18: Logging results

Chapter 19: Troubleshooting scripts

Chapter 20: Using the Windows PowerShell ISE

Chapter 21: Using Windows PowerShell remoting and jobs

Chapter 22: Using Windows PowerShell Workflow

Chapter 23: Using the Windows PowerShell DSC

About the author

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