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A guest post by Jeffery Hicks, a Microsoft MVP in Windows PowerShell, Microsoft Certified Trainer and an IT veteran with over 20 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis in automation and efficiency. You can keep up with Jeff at his blog, and on Twitter.

The Windows PowerShell community is an active and ardent one. Members are eager to share their tidbits of knowledge, tips and tricks. PowerShell Deep Dives is a collective effort from 24 authors. Some of them are Microsoft MVPs and others are leaders in the PowerShell community. The goal of the book is to offer a collection of PowerShell lessons that cover topics you won’t find in other books, or even covered at conferences like TechEd. Our hope was to create a book with chapters that might be sessions you would see at the PowerShell Summit, which is to say, focused on a niche topic or idea.

The book is divided into three sections with the hope of appealing to any IT Professional with an interest in PowerShell. The first part of the book discusses different ways to use PowerShell as part of your daily life. Geared towards IT Pros, this section covers topics such as auditing user logon events and working with performance counter data. The second section is all about PowerShell scripting, from recommended best practices to turning command line tools into PowerShell tools. The 3rd section is aimed primarily at developers, but will be of interest to anyone eager to dive deep into the language. Finally, the book ends with a section of chapters devoted to showing PowerShell in action in more domain-specific applications such as IIS, SQL Server and Active Directory. The book is full of code examples and snippets that you can begin using immediately.

Finally, because this is a community-driven book, we felt it was important to give back to the community. All royalty payments that normally would go to authors, will be instead contributed to Save the Children. As a bonus, after certain minimums have been met to cover production costs, the publisher (Manning Publications) will kick in a little extra for each book sold. Your purchase will not only help you get ahead, but it will also help others. The editors, authors and I hope you’ll enjoy the book and discover something new and wonderful about Windows PowerShell.

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About the author

profpowershell Jeffery Hicks is a Microsoft MVP in Windows PowerShell, Microsoft Certified Trainer and an IT veteran with over 20 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis in automation and efficiency. He works today as an independent author, trainer and consultant. Jeff writes the popular Prof. PowerShell column for MPCMag.com, is a regular contributor to the Petri IT Knowledgebase, 4SysOps and the Altaro Hyper-V blog, as well as frequent speaker at technology conferences and user groups. If he isn’t writing, Jeff is most likely recording training videos for companies like TrainSignal or hanging out in the forums at PowerShell.org. Jeff’s latest books are Learn PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches, Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches and PowerShell in Depth: An Administrators Guide. You can keep up with Jeff at his blog, on Twitter.

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