Instant Windows PowerShell Guide [Instant]

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  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Understand new CMDLETs and parameters with relevant examples
  • Discover new module functionality such as CIM, Workflow, DSC, and so on
  • Acquaint yourself with enhancements to PowerShell remoting, PowerShell sessions, and desire state configuration

Book Details

Language : English
eBook : 86 pages
Release Date : November 2013
ISBN : 1849686785
ISBN 13 : 9781849686785
Author(s) : Harshul Patel
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Instant

Table of Contents

Instant Windows PowerShell Guide
  • Instant Windows PowerShell Guide
    • Windows PowerShell – prerequisites
    • Live with help (Simple)
    • Calculate with the console (Simple)
    • Dealing with PSDrive (Simple)
    • Administer the system (Intermediate)
    • How to import modules to the console (Simple)
    • Typing enhancements (Intermediate)
    • Working with the various parameters of Get-Command (Intermediate)
    • Setting default parameter values (Intermediate)
    • Alias the aliases (Simple)
    • Operate the data (Intermediate)
    • Working with the Out-GridView CMDLET (Intermediate)
    • Session scheme (Intermediate)
    • Working remotely (Advanced)
    • WorkFlow sessions (Advanced)
    • Script it (Advanced)
    • WMI versus CIM (Advanced)
    • Job scheduling (Intermediate)
    • Understanding Desired State Configuration (Advanced)
    • Executing Desired State Configuration (Advanced)
    • Exploring various configuration providers (Advanced)

Harshul Patel

Harshul Patel is a technology enthusiast from India; he is thoroughly knowledgeable in virtualization and cloud computing techniques. He works for a leading service-based organization that has an alliance relationship with vendors such as Citrix and Microsoft. Harshul holds multiple Microsoft certifications, including Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (Private Cloud). Additionally, he holds non-Microsoft certifications, such as Citrix Certified Administrator (XenApp 6.5, XenDesktop 5.6, and XenServer 6.0) and Citrix Certified Advanced Administrator (XenApp 6.5). He is one of the early adopters of Windows PowerShell from India. He frequently lectures on Windows PowerShell in user-group gatherings and delivers trainings (mostly on PowerShell) across the organization. He is also a proud recipient of multiple faculty awards and an innovation award from his employer. He is a core member of PowerShell Bangalore User Group ( and a member of New Delhi PowerShell User Group ( He can be contacted at
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What you will learn from this book

  • Explore extensive help files and update them regularly
  • Discover techniques on type less and perform more
  • Get to grips with various parameters, keeping real scenarios in mind
  • Operate and export the data and focus on object type conversion
  • Understand the standard procedure to maintain PowerShell sessions to gain productivity
  • Master advanced remoting techniques by using various unleashed parameters
  • Build workflows and snippets to build efficient scripts quickly
  • Focus on new module introduction like CimCmdlets, PSScheduledJob, and so on
  • Pick up tips and tricks as and when required to advance your scripting skills
  • Learn to handle the configuration management system by using the latest version of Windows PowerShell

In Detail

Windows PowerShell has become a booming scripting language over the last couple of years. It has extensive support with an ample number of vendor products, providing a standardized platform for automation and administration. It has massive support for all Microsoft products which creates a layer that can easily automate everything. In the latest version, the PowerShell team has introduced much more functionality with thousands of CMDLETs, part of various modules.

This book is a quick reference guide to enable you to get the most out of the latest Windows PowerShell techniques. In this book, you will find new enhancements in the latest version of PowerShell with some helpful examples. This book enables you to quickly move from older versions of PowerShell to Version 3.0 and Version 4.0.

This practical, example-oriented book helps you to overcome the difficulty of using and discovering CMDLETs by providing precise information about everything that has been newly introduced in the latest version of Windows PowerShell. It also focuses on the new configuration management system with the help of DSC as a new feature of Windows PowerShell v4.0.

You will learn how to use the newly introduced CMDLETs and parameters to perform daily routine tasks. You will also learn how to administer the servers remotely and maintain persistent sessions to provide continuity. You will gain an insight into writing efficient scripts by using various parameters, snippets, and workflows to gain more productivity. You will also be introduced to various modules like CimCmdlets, PSScheduledJob, PSDesiredStateConfiguration, and so on in order to enhance your scripts with the latest instrumentation. Finally this book will make you aware of the capabilities of PowerShell v4.0 and how to fully leverage the functionality introduced in the new version.


Filled with practical, step-by-step instructions and clear explanations for the most important and useful tasks. Get the job done and learn as you go. This book has a recipe-based approach that will introduce all the commands of Windows PowerShell to the readers and give them a detailed insight as to how to use them.

Who this book is for

The book is aimed at IT professionals with knowledge of previous versions of Windows PowerShell. Experience in a Microsoft server environment is preferable. This is a very useful guide for PowerShell learners who quickly need to get up to speed with Windows PowerShell v3.0 and the latest version, Windows PowerShell v4.0.

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