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Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible Paperback – October 11, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1118021989 ISBN-10: 1118021983 Edition: 1st
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Apply Windows PowerShell effectively at all levels

If you seek robust, scalable scripting, you need Windows PowerShell. And if you want to apply Windows PowerShell automation to today's hottest technology areas, such as virtualized environments and cloud administration, this authoritative reference is exactly what you need. Four seasoned engineers who are well-known in the PowerShell community show you how to use Windows PowerShell 2.0 and apply the power of automation to desktops, servers, server apps, and the cloud.

  • Get up to speed on Windows PowerShell basics and what's new in Version 2.0

  • Learn how to automate tasks at the desktop, server, server app, and cloud levels

  • Tap Windows PowerShell for Microsoft Office 2010, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft Exchange Server tasks

  • Make use of cmdlets for Active Directory, Group Directory, SCOM, SharePoint administration, SQL Server, and more

  • Apply Windows PowerShell to virtualized environments, including Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, and Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop

  • Install and use the Windows Azure Service Management cmdlets

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  • Helpful code listings, so you can follow along

  • Supplemental code snippets

Discover all that WindowsPowerShell 2.0 can do

Manage physical, virtual,and cloud environments

Explore modules, snap-ins,and third-party cmdlets

About the Author

Thomas Lee is a writer, trainer, and consultant living in the UK. A veteran MVP, Thomas today specializes in PowerShell, OCS/Lync, and Windows.

Karl Mitschke is a systems engineer for the state of Montana. His focus is Microsoft Exchange administration, with an emphasis on Windows PowerShell.

Mark E. Schill is the President of the Atlanta PowerShell User group and maintains the site. He specializes in Citrix environments and task automation.

Tome Tanasovski is a Windows engineer for a Fortune 100 financial services firm and the leader of the New York City PowerShell User Group. He is a recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for Windows PowerShell.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118021983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118021989
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don Jones on December 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Karl Mitschke, one of the co-authors of this volume, contacted me to see if I'd like to look at a copy. The publisher (Wiley) was kind enough to send a few copies - so I'll have some to give away at my next conference appearance to whoever knows what "Kungaloosh" means and what salute follows it :).

Joining Karl in the co-author list are Thomas Lee, Mark Schill, and Tome Tanasovski, a pretty decent who's-who subset of the PowerShell MVP roster. Thomas is a fellow question-answerer at [...] too.

The Table of Contents comes across as a recipe-driven, or at least task-driven, book, which will make a lot of people happy. Roughly 70 pages are spent introducing you to PowerShell, along with What's New in v2.0 (which seems a bit redundant at this point, to be honest). After that, you're managing the Windows Desktop, Servers (including AD and GPOs), Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, IIS, SCOM, MDT, XenApp, and XenDesktop. Then it's on to Hyper-V, SCVMM, Azure, and vSphere, with a final tour of using the PowerShell ISE and creating user interfaces. Whew.

The getting-acquainted chapter starts with the obligatory "why PowerShell?" section, then moves on into actually using the shell. Like many books, this one gets to "scripting" pretty darn quickly, which is something that always saddens me as it tends to be a turn-off for administrators who don't want to "become programmers." There's very little time spent on just running commands and getting you past some of the biggest gotchas in PowerShell itself. The goal is clearly to move as quickly as possible into getting stuff done, which is perfectly fine. You can always buy my Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches to pick up those gotchas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott on November 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is seriously the Bible of PowerShell 2.0. First, it fully explains what PowerShell is and what it's capable of before jumping into the specifics. They do a great job of breaking the book down into sections for users of different familiarity levels. For example, there are separate chapters for basic server management and advanced server management. They then extrapolate on the variety of applications PowerShell can be used with. It's just a really great, comprehensive look at the software that doesn't skip over anything. You can tell they've really put a lot of time and energy into making this THE Bible of PowerShell.
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I should have read more of the reviews before I purchased this book. I read the word 'Bible' in the cover, a helpful review (below) saying that this was IT, and parted with some cash. When it arrived it wasn't what I expected. A better title would have been "Applying the Powershell that you know to some very useful situations" but I guess that wouldn't have got past the publishers. I'm new to Powershell (but not to scripting) and had hoped to see a chapter or five of how it works. The book didn't even cover the installation. My fault, I should have read on - and I'm sure the book will be helpful to me down the track. But - it's not the "bible" I'd hoped it to be.
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