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ISBN-13: 978-0735663398 ISBN-10: 0735663394 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Step by Step Developer
  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (February 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735663394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735663398
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,967 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 Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices, Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step By Step, and Microsoft VBScript Step by Step. Ed is a senior consultant at Microsoft Corporation and writes Hey, Scripting Guy!, one of the most popular TechNet blogs.


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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.

Customer Reviews

The scripts are also explained thoroughly, something every coder appreciate.
Mohammed Al Sahaf
I consider this book as my PowerShell Bible, and its been always a reference guide for me since I started reading it for the first time.
AnupSivaDas
I thought the book was well written and had good examples and exercises at the end of each chapter.
L. Bounds

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By @chbooth on April 15, 2013
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Ed Wilson is awesome anyway so any chance to read his work outside of his blog and / or tweets is great. I am a pretty active PS guy and wanted to just have the book to skim for some of my co-workers and people we give "Skilling up" sessions to. The great thing about this book is in each of the chapters I got a little good nugget of info to take with me. I always appreciate a tech book that can give you something no matter what your skill level.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mohammed Al Sahaf on July 13, 2013
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The book covers a very interesting toolbox (of course it's more than one tool!) that is growing and gaining momentum in the IT field. The book covers all the basic needed tools to get started using PowerShell. From simply managing a number of folder to working with Active Directory and managing exchange servers. To sum up the book in three words: The PowerShell Reference. I found the "After completing this chapter, you will be able to" and "Chapter X quick references" sections of the book a smart touch. It helps to know what should the reader expect and what the reader should have learned through the chapter. The exercises are broken up into several steps, each of which explain what that piece of script does and why it is there. The scripts are also explained thoroughly, something every coder appreciate. At the end of the book, you will face 7 appendices to guide the lost. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! I have already talked to a group of friends and classmates before I even reached the end of the book. It needs to be on the shelf of every IT person.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kodi Kirchofner on June 16, 2013
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This book ramps up quickly. This isn't a beginners book as it's touted to be. In almost no time Ed Jones is utilizing aliases which can be confusing to those who aren't familiar with them. I've always liked Ed Jones' style of writing and read him frequently on Hey Scripting Guy but this is quite different. It is good however for a review guide if you just can't quite get that one part of your script to work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By aj on May 28, 2013
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I've heard this author speak on various podcasts, and he is very knowledgeable. However, the Kindle book is riddled with typos on every chapter. Letters on the chapter titles are missing.

If you have read Don Jones' Learn PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, this is a great book to help solidify your knowledge. However, if you are going to get the Kindle version, I would recommend buying it directly from the publisher itself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karthikeyan on November 1, 2013
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Looks better then Oreilly which i got before

Even beginners can try this
It the would provide with sample program in CD, that would be awesome
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AnupSivaDas on May 23, 2013
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When I first heard that Ed Wilson is writing a book on Windows PowerShell I was greatly excited. I am a great fan of PowerShell and by all means Ed is the right person to write a book on it.

I am a great fan of his blog http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/ too.

My rating for this book is a full five !

I consider this book as my PowerShell Bible, and its been always a reference guide for me since I started reading it for the first time.

First of this book talks about the latest version of PowerShell,ie 3.0. The book is well organized into 3 sections.

First section talks about Windows PowerShell overview and its fundamental role.

Second section covers Windows PowerShell scripting.

Third section covers specific applications such as AD, Exchange etc.

There are very clear instructions to find your best starting point for this book, however if you are really new to PowerShell, then reading the whole book is definitely recommended.

Whole lot of good exercises are made available at the end of each chapter which will ensure that you learn the concepts really well.

When I started reading the initial chapters I was wowed by the amount of tips/tricks provided by the author for his readers. There is a PowerShell script which is provided for every tip which can be leveraged by the reader for his/her use. These tips/tricks are always useful for users who started of with PowerShell recently and also it will come handy for expert users.

Example - Chapter 1 talks about a script which will add both the Windows PowerShell ISE and the Windows PowerShell console to both the Start screen and the taskbar on Windows 8.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hildebrand on October 15, 2014
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Tries to explain power shell by saying how it would be done in VBscript. This might be ok for advanced or programmers but to someone trying to learn the foundation it complicates things. It is like trying to learn French by someone saying how it would be said in Spanish, when you don't speak Spanish!!

The book does have some good info, but you should not have to wade through the other non relevant
info.

Find another book. Step by step? hmmmm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike F Robbins on November 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
The first PowerShell book I ever purchased was the original version this book, "Windows PowerShell Step by Step" which was published back in 2007. I've purchased and read every version of this book released since then including the latest version: "Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step" and it's a great book for learning PowerShell as the title says "Step by Step". If you're brand new to PowerShell though, consider reading the "Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps" book first (before this one). It's also written by the same author of this book (Ed Wilson): Windows PowerShell 3 0 First Steps
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