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Windows PowerShell™ 2.0 Best Practices (IT Best Practices - Microsoft Press) Paperback – December 14, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0735626461 ISBN-10: 0735626464 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: IT Best Practices - Microsoft Press
  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626461
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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 Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step by Step and Microsoft VBScript Step by Step. Ed is a senior consultant at Microsoft Corporation.

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The book is divided into 5 main sections.
Colin Brown
So whether you are new to Powershell or have been using Powershell since it's creation I recommend this book.
Gary J. Timmons
This book covers some of the basics and really offers a great model for creating Powershell scripts.
Willie E Campbell Jr

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Colin Brown VINE VOICE on March 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Windows Powershell is still a relatively new language although more and more system administrators are now looking into it. Previously administrators either had the choice of VBScript or straight command line batch files/scripts which were either fairly limiting in what they could do or were fairly complex in how to actually do things. Powershell now gives administrators the power and flexibility of the .net framework as well as being quite easy to write extremely powerful scripts. With the power and flexibility that Powershell gives administrators comes a responsibility however.

Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices assumes that you already have an understanding of Powershell, it's not a book on learning Powershell. The introductory chapters however do give you a brief overview of what you need to run Powershell in your environment and goes through the installation and configuration process before delving into some of the powerful capabilities that Powershell allows administrators including how to access and use various native Win32 COM objects like the Win32_Process classes.

Any administrator will sooner or later need to work with ADSI, the active directory service Interfaces and therefore a chapter has been dedicated to dealing with ADSI through Powershell, from creating users and groups to creating computer accounts and exporting statistics on your active directory environment to spreadsheets for reporting.

The book is divided into 5 main sections. The main sections are an introduction to Powershell, Planning, Designing, Testing and Deploying and finally Optimizing your cmdlets and scripts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Willie E Campbell Jr on September 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book to learn more about Powershell 2.0 and was very impressed. This book covers some of the basics and really offers a great model for creating Powershell scripts. I'm new to Powershell and I found this book to be very easy to grasp and had many examples to learn from. Excellent Book for anyone wanting to get serious and learn Powershell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas F. Lee on February 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
Ed Wilson, aka Microsoft's The Scripting Guy, has written a number of PowerShell books (for MS Press). This book, Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices, is one I've been slowly reading through. Although this book is a couple of years old, the advice and guidance it contains is still excellent.

The book is divided up into 5 sections: Introduction, Planning, Designing, Testing and Deploying, Optimizing. In effect, the book is divided around the scripting lifecycle. The Planning section looks at identifying the opportunities for scripting within your organisation. The Designing section shows you how to design scripts that meet your business needs based on the features of PowerShell V2. As I said the book is based on V2 - but there area number of features that, at least in my experience, a lot of users simply do not know. The fourth section of this book covers both testing (something every script needs!) and deployment (how your users get your scripts). The final section looks at optimising your scripts.

The book, like many MS Press books, contain side bars from folks in the industry. These sidebars provide the voice of experience and give weight to the ideas Ed is promoting. I like these as they provide counterpoint to the book itself.

This is not an easy book to just skim through. Ed writes for adults, and the examples are rich - it took me literally months to finish reading this as I read a little of the book each night. I found that I had to read some pages several times to enable me to distill the key points the book is making.

If you are new to PowerShell, then this would be a good book to read as it provides great background to PowerShell V2 as well a wealth of scripts you could use in your environment. If you have PowerShell skills, then this book can give you new perspectives on PowerShell in the enterprise as well as show you a number of tricks you can leverage in your own code.

I give this book 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary J. Timmons on December 5, 2012
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I was suprised at how much good information this book has to offer. So whether you are new to Powershell or have been using Powershell since it's creation I recommend this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Nakagaki on September 13, 2010
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Just when I thought I was getting better @ Powershell, this book has much more to offer and keeps
me in line w/ better scripting practices. Examples are top notch and explanations couldn't be
simpler.
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Ed Wilson, MCSE, MSCBA, MCT is the Microsoft Scripting Guy. As such, he writes the popular Hey Scripting Guy blog for Microsoft, speaks at conferences such as TechEd and TechReady. He is very active in the community and has spoken to numerous user groups around the world via Live Meeting and in person. Ed has written numerous books about VBScript, WMI, and Windows PowerShell scripting and his latest release is Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices. In addition he wrote all the scripts for the Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 Resource kits. Ed lives in York, South Carolina and Ed has been with Microsoft since 2001. Prior to becoming the writer of the Hey Scripting Guy blog Ed taught scripting workshops worldwide to Microsoft Premier customers.

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