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Use PowerShell to Streamline and Automate Your Most Time-Consuming Windows Administration Tasks
With Windows PowerShell, Microsoft brings innovative console-based system administration and scripting to Windows clients and servers. PowerShell combines the best features of traditional UNIX shells with the immense power of the .NET Framework, offering a consistent and easy-to-use replacement for both the Windows command line and the Windows Script Host. In Essential PowerShell, noted expert Holger Schwichtenberg gives Windows sysadmins all the knowledge and sample scripts they need to successfully administer production systems with PowerShell.
Schwichtenberg begins by introducing the innovative PowerShell architecture, along with crucial PowerShell concepts such as pipelining and navigation. Next, he introduces the PowerShell Script Language, shows the secure execution of command sequences as scripts, and demonstrates how to use PowerShell to access essential operating system interfaces such as COM, WMI, ADSI, and ADO.NET.
After you’ve mastered the fundamentals, Schwichtenberg presents an extensive collection of PowerShell solutions for virtually every area of day-to-day administration. For each topic, he presents dozens of self-contained examples, all downloadable from a companion Web site. He covers both Microsoft’s standard PowerShell commandlets and the free commandlets available as PowerShell Community Extensions. He also presents a full chapter of tips, tricks, and troubleshooting solutions. Coverage includes
Part I: Getting Started with PowerShell
1: First Steps with Windows PowerShell 3
2: Commandlets 25
3: Pipelining 43
4: Advanced Pipelining 59
5: The PowerShell Navigation Model 81
6: The PowerShell Script Language 89
7: PowerShell Scripts 115
8: Using Class Libraries 129
9: PowerShell Tools 151
10: Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting 171
Part II: Windows PowerShell in Action
11: File Systems 205
12: Documents 235
13: Registry and Software 253
14: Processes and Services 267
15: Computers and Hardware 281
16: Networking 295
17: Directory Services 313
18: User and Group Management in the Active Directory 335
19: Searching in the Active Directory 349
20: Additional Libraries for Active Directory Administration 361
21: Databases 373
22: Advanced Database Operations 389
23: Security Settings 401
24: Advanced Security Administration 413
Appendix A: PowerShell Commandlet Reference 429
Appendix B: PowerShell 2.0 Preview 445
Appendix C: Bibliography 449