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Windows® PowerShell Unleashed [Paperback]

Tyson Kopczynski
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Book Description

May 14, 2007 0672329530 978-0672329531 1

A new edition of this title is available, ISBN-10: 0672329883 ISBN-13: 9780672329883

 

PowerShell is one of the most exciting new products to come out of Microsoft in a long time. It is both a new scripting language and a command-line shell. People who have seen the demos have been extremely impressed by the power it brings to admins to automate and customize their regular tasks. PowerShell will be used as the basis for all Windows administrative scripting in the future, starting with Exchange 2007 and Vista. IT Pros have been hungering for whatever PowerShell information they can get their hands on.

 

This book first focuses on PowerShell basics, how it relates to existing Windows scripting practices, and how your existing knowledge can be translated into PowerShell knowledge. After gaining insight into PowerShell, you are presented with transferable PowerShell scripting examples. The goal of presenting these examples is to outline methods of using PowerShell to manage Windows Server, Active Directory, and Exchange Server 2007 that have not been explained or touched upon by other sources.

 

DETAILED INFORMATION ON HOW TO…

 

  • Understand PowerShell's basics and background
  • Script using PowerShell
  • Transfer existing Windows scripting skills to PowerShell
  • Analyze how PowerShell can be used to solve real-world problems
  • Manage the Windows File System, the Windows registry, Active Directory, and Exchange using PowerShell
  • Manage Systems using WMI and PowerShell
  • Customize PowerShell to meet your needs
  • Script using best practices.
  • Digitally sign your PowerShell scripts

Introduction

Part I Introduction to PowerShell

1 Introduction to Shells and PowerShell

2 PowerShell Basics

3 PowerShell: A More In-Depth Look

4 Code Signing

5 PowerShell Scripting Best Practices

Part II Translating Your Existing Knowledge into PowerShell

6 PowerShell and the File System

7 PowerShell and the Registry

8 PowerShell and WMI

9 PowerShell and Active Directory

Part III Using PowerShell to Meet Your Automation Needs

10 Using PowerShell in the Real-World

Index


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About the Author

With more than nine years of experience in the information technology sector, Tyson

Kopczynski has become a specialist in Active Directory, Group Policy, Windows scripting,

Windows Rights Management Services, PKI, and information technology security practices.

Tyson has been a contributing author for such books as Microsoft Internet Security and

Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 Unleashed and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed (R2

Edition). In addition, he has written detailed technical papers and guides covering the

various in-the-field technologies he works with extensively. As a consultant at Convergent

Computing (CCO), Tyson has been able to work with the next generation of Microsoft

technologies since their inception and played a key role in expanding scripting and development

practices at CCO. Tyson also holds the SANS Security Essentials Certification

(GSEC), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) Security certification, CompTIA

Security+ certification, and SANS Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) certification.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (May 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672329530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672329531
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,546,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost no language help July 3, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book offers very little assistance with helping you learn Powershell. The does not explain the language only general concepts. It does provide some examples but if you are looking to use Powershell to build something I suggest you try another book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Great, Some Missing July 24, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book I find to be a mixed bag. On one token, the instructional material to get you up to speed quickly in scripting is a weak spot in the book. They delve into commandlets and the environment, but after this, still not sure how to have do some basics, such as retrieving variables inside loops.

Some parts that I like about the book was the VBScript-PowerShell Comparison, script signing, and PSSHell Kiosk Desktop. On the topic of script signing, the author goes into detail, including how to request certificates. The Kiosk material was really way cool, locking down a desktop GUI that only accesses scripts you create. Lastly, the VBScript to Powershell was valuable, but much of this type of material is online at Microsoft's Script Center.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner to Advanced Level Book March 3, 2014
By kah00na
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book to start learning PowerShell. I have a lot of experience using Linux and UNIX shells but none in Windows. This book is actually pretty descent at teaching at the beginning level. It is hard initially for a UNIX person to understand the object oriented programming because they mostly want to do text manipulation but that isn't what PowerShell does. It has helped me along in my PowerShell journey. I'd recommend this for people trying to learn PowerShell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Guide!!! May 24, 2007
Format:Paperback
This is an EXCELLENT book that provides very clear and concise explanations and samples on the use of PowerShell! I am somewhat of a programming notice and was able to pick-up recommendations here / there from this book, and was so excited I shared the book with one of my co-workers (who is a programming guru) and he was able to take some of the examples and was able to tweak them and leverage them in our business. So for notice thru expert, this is the BEST single source for PowerShell info!!!
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