Command Windows with Powershell

Master Microsoft's long-awaited technology

Books Microsoft has finally answered the prayers of system administrators and developers everywhere with the introduction of Windows PowerShell, a new scripting technology that enables the automation of system management tasks and the creation of system management tools. PowerShell runs on Windows XP, 2003, and Vista.

Exchange Server 2007 and System Centre Operations Manager 2007 will be built on Windows PowerShell. Unlike traditional Windows shell scripting, PowerShell scripting is object based and is designed to work with the .NET framework.

Windows has an easy-to-use interface, but if you want to automate it, life can get hard. That is, unless you use PowerShell. PowerShell lets you script administrative tasks and control Windows from the command line. Because it was specifically developed for Windows, programmers and power-users can now do things in a shell that previously required VB, VBScript, or C#.

To help our readers get to the forefront of this revolutionary new technology, Register Books is offering a few of the first titles on the market and slashed their prices to give you the opportunity to master this new technology before everyone else and make routine tasks seem like a stroll in the park. Make the most out of Powershell and consider one of our featured titles below to increase your efficiency beyond belief.

  • Microsoft PowerShell Unleashed
    This book will first focus on PowerShell basics, how it relates to existing Windows scripting practices, and how the reader's existing knowledge can be translated into PowerShell knowledge. Next, after gaining insight into PowerShell, the reader will be presented with transferable PowerShell scripting examples. The goal of presenting these examples will be 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.
  • Microsoft® Windows PowerShell™ Step By Step
    Learn Microsoft Windows PowerShell - one step at a time - with practical, hands-on instruction from Microsoft's leading scripting trainer, Ed Wilson. Work at your own pace and build practical system administration skills as you learn how to use Windows PowerShell to administer Microsoft Windows®, Microsoft Exchange, and other Microsoft technologies. You will learn how to write your first Windows PowerShell commands and scripts to automate set-up, deployment, and administration. This guide features self-paced learning labs and a companion CD that features a complete eBook, plus dozens of adaptable sample scripts you can use on the job.
  • Microsoft Windows Powershell Programming for the Absolute Beginner
    Microsoft Windows PowerShell Programming for the Absolute Beginner teaches readers how to program using Microsoft's new PowerShell scripting language through the creation of computer games. No prior knowledge of programming in any language is required. Topics covered include the Windows PowerShell Command Line, object based scripting with .NET, writing PowerShell Scripts, working with variables, arrays and hashes, implementing conditional logic, using loops to process data, organising scripts using functions, basic system administration, and much more.
  • Windows PowerShell in Action
    This book is a tutorial for system administrators and developers introducing the PowerShell language and its environment. It shows you how to build scripts and utilities to automate system tasks or create powerful system management tools to handle the day-to-day tasks that drive a Windows administrator's life. It's rich in interesting examples that will spark your imagination. The book covers batch scripting and string processing, COM, WMI, and even .NET and WinForms programming.
  • Professional Windows PowerShell
    This book discusses how Microsoft Command Shell (MSH) enables all of the .NET Framework objects to become accessible via scripting, making it a very powerful addition to any developer or administrator's toolbox. Readers are guided through all the ins and outs of MSH and learn how to create powerful solutions; run scripts, programs, and commands; customise the MSH environment; handle data; manage files and disks; and script solutions and .NET objects.

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