Subscribe
Accepted Solution

Get started with Powershell ~ Recommend a book

Can anyone recommend a book to get started with powershell?  I have limited programing skills and would like something with both examples and exercise to learn from.

Amazon lists over a 100 titles to choose from.

Thanks

Bren

Re: Get started with Powershell ~ Recommend a book

Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step by Step

By Ed Wilson, AKA the Microsoft Scripting Guys

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/book.aspx?ID=10329&locale=en-us

Happy Scripting

J

Re: Get started with Powershell ~ Recommend a book

Windows PowerShell 2.0 For Absolute Beginners

It is based on a v2 preview (CTP #3), so there are a few minor errors.

I'm an advanced user, but still leafed through it because I was curious.

Re: Get started with Powershell ~ Recommend a book

I had the same problem finding some info to get started. Then I found this website http://www.powershellpro.com/ with some usefull tutorials. The site also has some book reviews, documents and downloads but I don't know how up to date they are 'cause I did not see anything new after june 2009...

Good luck!

Dirk-Pieter

Re: Get started with Powershell ~ Recommend a book

Could always go back to basics and start with this:

Monad:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monad-AKA-PowerShell-Introducing-Administrators/dp/0596100094

Re: Get started with Powershell ~ Recommend a book

OK, we are now on PowerShell v2, as of October 2009.  Anything from v1, released October 2006, remains 99.99% relevant with v2.

V2 just builds on v1 in a general sense...

Re: Get started with Powershell ~ Recommend a book

Yes, do notice the smiley face!  Much has changed since it was "Monad"...  I have it for "sentimental reasons", but never refer to it.

Re: Get started with Powershell ~ Recommend a book

Another option, although obviously more relevant if you're also scripting against VMWare.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Managing-VMware-Infrastructure-Windows-Powershell/dp/0982131402/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277478838&sr=8-1

There's loads of examples and an easy to read style.

Regards,

Ed.

Re: Get started with Powershell ~ Recommend a book

1. Thanks Ed!

2. I actually have a PowerShell primer as one of the first chapters of my book, so that may be a good general resource for some as well.

Other resources:

  • PowerShell: TFM. 1st edition is available as a free ebook, 2nd edition covers PowerShell v2
  • PowerShell Cookbook by Lee Holmes (2nd edition due out soon, wait for that one)
  • The PowerScripting Podcast - we link to resources and interview knowledgeable folks, some of whom are in this forum, apparently. I'm currently trying to get a Netapp guy on as a guest as well.

-hal

PowerShell MVP, podcast co-host, author, speaker, etc.

Re: Get started with Powershell ~ Recommend a book

Technically, the Sapien TFM book that covers the final v2 release is the 3rd edition.

The 2nd edition was a release based on v2 preview (CTP) code.