Instant Windows PowerShell [Instant]

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Instant Windows PowerShell [Instant]
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Learn in an Instant - Short, Fast, Focused
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  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results
  • Learn to use PowerShell web access to secure Windows management anywhere, any time, on any device
  • Understand to secure and sign the scripts you write using the script signing feature in PowerShell
  • Learn how to manage and Secure Active Directory environment

Book Details

Language : English
eBook : 54 pages
Release Date : October 2013
ISBN : 1849688745
ISBN 13 : 9781849688741
Author(s) : Vinith Menon
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Instant, Networking and Servers, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Instant Windows PowerShell
  • Instant Windows PowerShell
    • So, what is new in PowerShell 3.0?
    • Installation
      • Step 1 – what do I need?
      • Step 2 – downloading and installing Windows Management Framework
      • Step 3 – verifying that you have PowerShell v3 installed
      • And that's it
    • Quick start – configuring the default security policy in PowerShell
    • Top 7 features you need to know about
      • Using PowerShell for file and folder management in Windows Server Environment
      • Learning how to use PowerShell Web Access to manage your Windows Server Environment anywhere, anytime, and on any device
        • Step 1 — installing Windows PowerShell Web Access
        • Step 2 – configuring Windows PowerShell Web Access
      • Learning how to secure and sign the scripts you write using script signing
      • Learning how to manage the Active Directory environment
        • Resetting a user password
        • Disabling and Enabling a user account
        • Unlocking a user account
        • Deleting a user account
        • Working with groups
        • Adding members to a group
        • Enumerating the members of a group
        • Finding obsolete computer accounts
        • Disabling a computer account
      • Learning about the features included in the Microsoft.PowerShell. Security module
      • Learning how to use PowerShell to administer the PKI environment
      • Learning how to use the BPA module to analyze the security integrity of a system as per Microsoft standards
    • People and places you should get to know
      • Official sites
      • Articles and tutorials
      • Blogs
      • Twitter
      • About Packt Publishing
      • Writing for Packt

Vinith Menon

Vinith has over six years of experience in the IT industry. At the beginning of his career, he worked with Wipro Technologies as a senior systems engineer, managing a datacenter consisting of Windows servers and VMware virtualized environment. He was also extensively involved in automation using VBScripting. Later in his career, he worked with Accenture as a senior software engineer, managing Microsoft Hyper-V and NetApp storage environment for Avanade. He has done automation for tasks that required manual work using System Center Orchestrator and integrated them with PowerShell to deliver outstanding automation results for Avanade. He also has experience in building Orchestrator Integration Packs using PowerShell for Microsoft System Center Orchestrator. He has extensive knowledge in Hyper-V, SCVMM, and other system center technologies. He has deep technical expertise in PowerShell scripting, Server Administration, Network Management, and Active Directory. He is currently working as a technical marketing engineer with the Microsoft Business Unit at NetApp. He also works closely with the NetApp Engineering and Product Management team and helps in the automation of various tasks using PowerShell scripting, Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization, and System Center Technologies, such as SCSM, SCOM, and SCORCH 2012. As a subject matter expert in Hyper-V and PowerShell, he blogs and supports the NetApp PowerShell community. He is very passionate about automation and PowerShell scripting, and you can find him frequently blogging about virtualization, PowerShell, and automation on his personal blog, He is a Microsoft-certified IT professional and also holds a NetApp-certified Data Management Professional certification. He has also taken sessions at the PSBUG (PowerShell Bangalore users group) about PowerShell, cloud computing, and server virtualization.
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What you will learn from this book

  • Learn to set up and configure PowerShell on Windows Server 2012
  • Discover how to use PowerShell web access for efficient and secure Windows Management
  • Secure and sign the scripts you write using the script signing feature in PowerShell
  • Manage and secure the Active Directory environment
  • Understand the features included in Microsoft PowerShell Security module and how to secure your Network using Net Security Module
  • Employ PowerShell to securely manage your VPN environment

In Detail

Windows PowerShell comprises numerous major features that extend its use, advance its usability, and allow you to control and manage Windows-based environments.

Windows PowerShell is backward-compatible. Cmdlets, providers, modules, snap-ins, scripts, functions, and profiles that were designed for Windows PowerShell 2.0 work in Windows PowerShell 3.0 without any changes.

A practical, hands-on guide that provides you with a number of clear step-by-step exercises which will help you take advantage of the real power that is Windows PowerShell.

Starting by listing the New Features in PowerShell 3.0, this book goes on to break down the mystery and confusion that surrounds which feature to use and when. It will take you through a number of clear, practical sections that will help you to take advantage of PowerShell, easily and quickly.

You will also learn how to use PowerShell for file and folder management in a Windows Server Environment. The book will also also show you how to use PowerShell Web Access for secure Windows Management anywhere, any time, on any device.

Learn how to secure and sign the scripts you write using the script signing feature in PowerShell, understand how to use PowerShell to secure and administer a PKI environment, and discover how to use a BPA module to analyze the security integrity of a system as per Microsoft requirements. If you want to take your first step into PowerShell 3.0 to manage your Windows environment, then this is the book for you.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. A practical, hands-on tutorial approach that explores the concepts of PowerShell in a friendly manner, taking an adhoc approach to each topic.

Who this book is for

If you are an administrator who is new to PowerShell or are looking to get a good grounding in these new features, this book is ideal for you. It’s assumed that you will have some experience in PowerShell and Windows Server, as well being familiar with the PowerShell command-line.

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