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ISBN-13: 978-1617291319 ISBN-10: 1617291315 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (August 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617291315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617291319
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeffery Hicks is a PowerShell MVP with 20 years of IT experience. Jeff works as an independent consultant, trainer, and author and he has taught PowerShell to IT Professionals 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.

Richard Siddaway is a veteran IT architect, server administrator, support engineer, and PowerShell MVP. He's the author of PowerShell in Practice, published in 2010 by Manning.

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Looking at the table of contents, it presents much like a cookbook.
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In the few years that I have been doing Powershell, I have had the amazing opportunity to meet each of the authors of this book in person.
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If you are a Windows admin or power user, you have no choice but to learn PowerShell, or you will fall behind!
Phillip R. Robeson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
Most PowerShell books fall into the general categories of manuals, training guides, and cookbooks. This book incorporates elements of all those things, yet manages to be none of them.

If you're brand-new to PowerShell, this is not the book to start with. There isn't any time spent ramping up through an introductory chapter. It hits the ground running and doesn't stop until the end. If you need that introductory material, start elsewhere, but wishlist this for later.

Looking at the table of contents, it presents much like a cookbook. It shows specific problems or scenarios and promises specific answers. The book does provide all of those things, but you get much more than a bit of script with a short explanatory paragraph. Each subject gets turned inside-out. You are given an explanation of what's going on. You are shown examples of bad script and good script. You are presented with alternatives. Most importantly, you get an inside peek at the thought process behind the solutions and approaches. Even if you don't have direct interest or need in a particular solution, you'll almost undoubtedly learn something valuable from each one.

That is one of the great strengths of this book. Basic PowerShell is simple enough that most anyone can get through some basic operations and scripts without much help. For better or for worse, that can lead to an organic growth of knowledge in which a newcomer can reach a working proficiency level without ever really learning what the tool is capable of. This book fills in those gaps very well and does it by putting expert-grade scripting processes on display.

To top it off, all the proceeds of this book are being donated to the Save the Children Fund. When you've got authors at this level donating quality work out of love for the craft and a desire to contribute to the community, you just can't go wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phillip R. Robeson on October 24, 2013
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If you are a Windows admin or power user, you have no choice but to learn PowerShell, or you will fall behind! There is no finer learning than this book or the course by Don Jones at CBT Nuggets.
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This book covers the topics few (if any) else are, so you won't be getting a volume of more of the same tricks. As another reviewer mentioned, as well, unlike a traditional code cookbook, this doesn't just solve for the topics, but goes truly in depth. If you want to expand your PowerShell repertoire, you can't do much better than this book.

Add to that the fact that the proceeds go to Save The Children, and you have a real winner. Seriously, why haven't you bought it already?
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More About the Author

Mike F Robbins is a Senior Systems Engineer with over 20 years of professional experience as an IT Pro. During his career, Mike has provided enterprise computing solutions for educational, financial, healthcare, and manufacturing customers. He's a PowerShell MVP and self-proclaimed PowerShell evangelist who uses PowerShell on a daily basis to administer and manage Windows Server, Hyper-V, SQL Server, Active Directory, Exchange, IIS, SharePoint, Terminal Services, EqualLogic Storage Area Networks, AppAssure, and Backup Exec.

Mike is the co-author of Windows PowerShell TFM 4th Edition and is a contributing author of a chapter in the PowerShell Deep Dives book. He has written guest blog articles for the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog, PowerShell.org, and PowerShell Magazine. Mike is the winner of the advanced category in the 2013 PowerShell Scripting Games. He is the leader and co-founder of the Mississippi PowerShell User Group. Mike is also a frequent speaker at PowerShell and SQL Saturday technology events. He blogs at mikefrobbins.com and can be found on twitter @mikefrobbins.