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Windows PowerShell Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Scripting Microsoft's Command Shell 3rd Edition

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Q&A with Lee Holmes, author of "The Windows PowerShell Cookbook"

Lee Holmes

Q. What makes your book important right now?

A. PowerShell and Windows, in general, are rapidly evolving technologies. As time passes, they evolve to solve significantly new challenges, and simplify challenges that were difficult in previous versions. With the release of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, Windows PowerShell has added many significant features to address the realities of modern, multi-machine environments. PowerShell has also made many changes to simplify and improve its fundamentals (scripting and built-in commands.) The sooner you can learn about those improvements, the better your life will be.

Q. What information do you hope that readers of your books will walk away with?

A. PowerShell is an amazing platform, an amazing glue language, and an amazingly powerful way to just get things done. For those just stepping into scripting or management, it may seem daunting at first. By breaking the "PowerShell Cookbook" into a series of simple, isolated recipes, I hope that they see evidence that you don't need to be an expert in PowerShell to start using it or improving your day-to-day tasks.

Q. What's the most exciting/important thing happening in your space?

A. Windows Administrators have long lived on a diet of point-and-click. The move to systems automation (as opposed to simply systems management) is becoming a driving force in the industry, and an accelerating factor in the careers of all who adopt it. This is especially true now that administrators are being asked to manage orders of magnitude more servers-- from large enterprise deployments, to the massive expansion of virtualization, to the DevOps role and operations management in the cloud. PowerShell is perfectly suited for this environment, and has been crafted from the start to make you efficient in it.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1036 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (January 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449320686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449320683
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I definitely think if you are an IT Pro with a little bit of PowerShell experience this book is a must. I hesitate a bit to recommend this book if you are trying to learn PowerShell from the ground up, even though the reference and introduction sections are very useful well written. Along the same lines, if you are looking for a comprehensive book to teach you more advanced concepts in detail, This isn't the right book for that.

The book really shines when you need a starting point for a script or are stuck worth a part of the script. There are also a plethora of examples and some scripts that can be used out of the box as is. Some notable chapters are: Active Directory, Remoting, the Interactive Shell and Code Reuse.

This book contains A lot of good practical knowledge that is presented in a task based fashion. This book doesn't rehash the built-in documentation; but rather builds on it giving you a jump start to working code, saving you a lot of late nights.
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This is the first PowerShell book you should buy, and may be the only one you need. I'm a developer (C/C++/C#) and Appendix A alone (language reference) makes this book worth its price.

Suggested reading order:
1. Part I, Part II Chapters 1-5 (fundamentals)
2. Appendix A (language reference -- best of its kind. Short, to the point, awesome).
3. Skip around as needed/interested.

The cookbook examples are useful, the descriptions are enlightening, and after Chapter 1/Appendix 1, you will have all of the "Ah ha!" moments you need to truly understand the great tool that is PowerShell.

Regardless of PowerShell version, get the latest edition of this book. I have all three editions, and it's gotten better each time.
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With this 3rd edition of the book, I decided to read the book cover to cover. If you're brand new to PowerShell and have no prior experience with it, there are other books that I would recommend to you to read prior to reading this book. To me "Cookbook" is the perfect description for this book. It's almost like a comprehensive reference for cooking with PowerShell. It includes all of the PowerShell basics, but also dives deep into the depths of PowerShell and explains how things actually work. If you're like me and you not only enjoy accomplishing a task, but also want to know why something works the way it does, then this is the book for you. The only reason I would recommend other books to new comers is I would be afraid that some of these details that aren't necessary for a beginner to know might confuse them and make them think that PowerShell is more complicated than it really is. With that said, this is the perfect book for someone with a little prior experience with PowerShell.

This book is definitely worth it's weight in gold when it comes to PowerShell and I'm sure the physical copy of the book weighs a lot! By keeping my attention through two months and 1739 pages (EPUB), the quality of the book and the writing ability of Lee Holmes speaks for itself.

I've written a more comprehensive review of this book on my blog site at: [..]
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BIG THICK BOOK!!! Talk about information, I use this as more of a guide for ideas and commands than I do a read through. Has a decent set up to powershell at the beginning that explains some basics but then it jumps right into it.

Perfect for someone who is dabbling into powershell and has some base knowledge but wants to learn way more.
Only downside is it doesn't cover anything in PS4 or the upcoming PS5 since it was put together for PS3
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You will learn about some of the conventions and common commands available to you and how to explore them.
How it integrates with .NET, using it for rapid prototyping or as a REPL and much more.

After the introduction, the book takes the form of multiple recipes for common tasks. The tasks grow in difficulty.

The fundamentals section contains a series of recipes that will help you to get comfortable with the shell, customize the command prompt, invoke commands, get to know your session history, learn about aliases, etc.

After that you will take on more serious programming, parsing and working with data, how to pipe commands together to create powerful scripts, interact with environment variables, variables, work with .NET objects, COM and pretty much anything you need to know.
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Like a lot of programming cookbooks, it sticks to simple variations of things and never seems to have "just" what you're looking for. It will get you close, but then you need to muddle through the rest of the way.
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Great book for intermediate level. Helped out well with some scripts I had to write. I will say that still I find myself going online to look at more examples of code, but still it provides a solid reference.
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A good tome to have. Helpful cross-references appear with each 'recipe.' Good appendices. I was hoping to see more in-depth recipes using Active Directory module commands. Still, a good book to help one piece together a solid script.
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