Beginning PowerShell – how to start in the "must know" Microsoft technology

By | January 20, 2012

I was asked this week by a new colleague “how would you recommend starting out in Powershell?” “Great question!” was my immediate response, “I’ll let you know!”

I realised that I had not really thought about how I would advise somebody to get started on their journey into PowerShell greatness, despite the fact that for the last 18 months I’ve been saying to everybody I meet “if there’s one Microsoft technology you learn this <insert time period here> it should be PowerShell!”

I’ve had some time to think about the question and thought I would start knocking together a list (which I’ll keep updated, promise…) of resources I have used in my quest to improve my PowerShell proficiency.

Enough jibber-jabber, here’s the list…

Microsoft resources:
Automating IT Tasks with Windows PowerShell – http://bit.ly/xo54Vv – A great collection of links to resources, scripts, videos, cmdlet libraries, actually pretty much everything you need!
Learn PowerShell NOW Before it’s an emergency! – http://bit.ly/m4Bja0 – A short series of TechNet webcasts, ideal for beginners

Community resources:
powershell.com – http://powershell.com/cs/ – What can I say? the community site for PowerShell
poshcode.org – http://poshcode.org/ – Familiar with CodePlex?  This is the PowerShell equivalent!

Old fashioned resources:
Wanna do some old fashioned book learnin’? Well shiver me kindles, there be books available.
Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches – http://www.manning.com/jones/ – A great book that works through the fundamentals in bite sized chunks
Windows PowerShell Cookbook – http://amzn.to/ACk7HU – The first book I bought on the subject, reliable as always from O’Reilly

More to follow…

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