Windows PowerShell Unleashed

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Sams, 2007 - Computers - 306 pages
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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.

  • 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


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


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About the author (2007)

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.

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