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PowerShell in Depth: An administrator's guide

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Summary

PowerShell in Depth is the kind of book you'll want open on your desk most of the time. With 40 short chapters, each focused on a specific area of PowerShell, you'll be able to find the answers you need quickly. Each chapter is concise and to-the-point, so you can spend less time reading and more time getting down to the business at hand. It was written by three seasoned PowerShell experts, and every technique has been thoroughly tested. With this book in hand, you'll be able to consistently and quickly produce production quality, maintainable scripts that will save you countless hours of time and effort.

About this Book

Organized into 40 concise chapters, PowerShell in Depth is the go-to reference for administrators working with Windows PowerShell. Every major shell technique, technology, and tactic is explained and demonstrated, providing a comprehensive reference to almost everything an admin would do in the shell. Written by three experienced authors and PowerShell MVPs, this is the PowerShell book you’ll keep next to your monitor—not on your bookshelf!

This book requires basic familiarity with PowerShell.

What's Inside

  • Covers PowerShell 3.0

  • Automating time-consuming tasks

  • Managing HTML and XML data

  • Background jobs and scheduling

  • PowerShell security

  • Packaging and deploying scripts

  • Standard scripting conventions

  • Using the .NET Framework in PowerShell scripts

  • Much more

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the Authors

Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks, and Richard Siddaway are Microsoft MVPs who have collectively authored nearly three dozen books on PowerShell and Windows administration.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Brief Table of Contents
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Preface
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About this Book
  7. About the Authors
  8. About the Cover Illustration
  9. Part 1. PowerShell fundamentals
    1. Chapter 1. Introduction
    2. Chapter 2. PowerShell hosts
    3. Chapter 3. Using the PowerShell help system
    4. Chapter 4. The basics of PowerShell syntax
    5. Chapter 5. Working with PSSnapins and modules
    6. Chapter 6. Operators
    7. Chapter 7. Working with objects
    8. Chapter 8. The PowerShell pipeline
    9. Chapter 9. Formatting
  10. Part 2. PowerShell management
    1. Chapter 10. PowerShell Remoting
    2. Chapter 11. Background jobs and scheduling
    3. Chapter 12. Working with credentials
    4. Chapter 13. Regular expressions
    5. Chapter 14. Working with HTML and XML data
    6. Chapter 15. PSDrives and PSProviders
    7. Chapter 16. Variables, arrays, hash tables, and scriptblocks
    8. Chapter 17. PowerShell security
    9. Chapter 18. Advanced PowerShell syntax
  11. Part 3. PowerShell scripting and automation
    1. Chapter 19. PowerShell’s scripting language
    2. Chapter 20. Basic scripts and functions
    3. Chapter 21. Creating objects for output
    4. Chapter 22. Scope
    5. Chapter 23. PowerShell workflows
    6. Chapter 24. Advanced syntax for scripts and functions
    7. Chapter 25. Script modules and manifest modules
    8. Chapter 26. Custom formatting views
    9. Chapter 27. Custom type extensions
    10. Chapter 28. Data language and internationalization
    11. Chapter 29. Writing help
    12. Chapter 30. Error handling techniques
    13. Chapter 31. Debugging tools and techniques
    14. Chapter 32. Functions that work like cmdlets
    15. Chapter 33. Tips and tricks for creating reports
  12. Part 4. Advanced PowerShell
    1. Chapter 34. Working with the Component Object Model (COM)
    2. Chapter 35. Working with .NET Framework objects
    3. Chapter 36. Accessing databases
    4. Chapter 37. Proxy functions
    5. Chapter 38. Building a GUI
    6. Chapter 39. WMI and CIM
    7. Chapter 40. Best practices
  13. Index
  14. List of Figures
  15. List of Tables
  16. List of Listings