Home > Store

Practical Windows PowerShell Scripting LiveLessons (Video Training)

Online Video

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.


  • Copyright 2017
  • Edition: 1st
  • Online Video
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-464608-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-464608-4

10 Hours of Video Instruction

Learn from an expert while you become the expert. Practical Windows® PowerShell™ Scripting LiveLessons begins with the basics of working with PowerShell and progresses to areas that are not typically covered, such as building GUI interfaces. The entire video is designed to be hands on, and is created by an instructor who is highly experienced with creating complex PowerShell scripts.

The goal of this video series is to teach skills for building PowerShell scripts that serve a practical purpose. These scripts can be used in day-to-day tasks for most jobs. The videos assume no prior PowerShell knowledge. The information is presented in such a way that each lesson builds onto the previous lesson, working toward the eventual coverage of advanced PowerShell concepts.

Skill Level

All Levels

What You Will Learn

  • Basic PowerShell syntax
  • Work with PowerShell cmdlets
  • How to interpret PowerShell errors
  • Create basic PowerShell scripts
  • Enhance PowerShell scripts
  • Interact with Active Directory from PowerShell
  • How to automate PowerShell scripts
  • Work with remote sessions
  • Building GUI interfaces
  • PowerShell reporting

Who Should Take This Course

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to learn PowerShell. It is also well suited to those who already know PowerShell, but who want to be able to create PowerShell scripts that function more like applications.

Course Requirements

A basic understanding of Windows Server

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 is an introduction to Windows PowerShell. In this lesson, you will learn what PowerShell is, and how to use the PowerShell interface. This lesson also discusses the basics of PowerShell syntax, and how you can get help with commands. You will also learn how to tell exactly what a command is going to do, before you actually execute the command.

Lesson 2 takes a more in-depth look at PowerShell cmdlets. You will learn about commonly used cmdlets, and how to work with basic PowerShell elements including objects and attributes, variables, and modules. This lesson also discusses techniques for diagnosing and resolving PowerShell errors.

Lesson 3 is an introduction to PowerShell scripting, including how to build PowerShell scripts.  Learn how to configure the PowerShell execution policies, and how to add functions to scripts. You will also learn how to authenticate a script both interactively and automatically, and how to suppress script errors.

Lesson 4 builds on the previous lesson by discussing how to enhance your PowerShell scripts. Learn how to pass variables to functions, as well as the difference between global and local variables. This lesson also discusses how to create loops, how to leverage .NET integration from a PowerShell script, and how to create stand-alone functions.

Lesson 5 discusses how PowerShell can be used to interact with the Active Directory. Here you will learn how to query the Active Directory, and how to create and modify Active Directory user accounts from PowerShell. You will even learn how to use PowerShell to create and manage Active Directory groups.

Lesson 6 covers how to automate PowerShell scripts. In this lesson, learn how to make a PowerShell script run at a scheduled time, and how to generate e-mail-based notifications from within a script. This lesson also discusses some best practices for PowerShell scripting.

Lesson 7 explains how to use PowerShell as a reporting engine. Learn some basic techniques for displaying data and how to write a report to CSV, TXT, and HTML files. You will also learn how to add color and formatting to the PowerShell reports that you create.

Lesson 8 builds on the previous lesson by exploring graphical reporting options in PowerShell. Although PowerShell has a reputation for being a text-only environment, it can be used to create very rich graphical charts. In this lesson, you will learn how to create simple charts, change chart types, and import data into PowerShell charts.

Lesson 9 teaches you how to use PowerShell to interact with remote systems. You will learn to establish remote sessions, run cmdlets on remote systems, and even compile data from a collection of remote servers.

Lesson 10 wraps up the video series by explaining how to build your own GUI. Although PowerShell is widely regarded as being a text-only environment, it is possible to create PowerShell scripts that include a GUI interface. This lesson teaches you how to create basic GUIs, and how to add GUI elements such as text boxes, buttons, and drop-down lists.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Lesson 1: PowerShell Basics

1.1 Introduction to PowerShell

1.2 PowerShell Interface

1.3 Basic PowerShell Syntax

1.4 Getting Help

1.5 Predicting a Command's Behavior


Lesson 2: Working with PowerShell Cmdlets

2.1 Commonly Used Cmdlets

2.2 Objects and Attributes

2.3 Working with Variables

2.4 Introduction to PowerShell Modules

2.5 Making Sense of Error Messages


Lesson 3: Basic PowerShell Scripting

3.1 Building PowerShell Scripts

3.2 Configuring Execution Policies

3.3 Adding Functions to PowerShell Scripts

3.4 Suppressing PowerShell Errors

3.5 Using Interactive Authentication

3.6 Using Automatic Authentication


Lesson 4: Enhancing PowerShell Scripts

4.1 Passing Variables to Functions

4.2 Global Variables and Local Variables

4.3 Creating Loops

4.4 Working with .NET Integration

4.5 Building Stand-Alone Functions


Lesson 5: Interacting with Active Directory

5.1 Querying the Active Directory from PowerShell

5.2 Creating Active Directory User Accounts from PowerShell

5.3 Modifying Active Directory User Accounts from PowerShell

5.4 Working with Active Directory Groups from PowerShell


Lesson 6: Automating PowerShell Scripts

6.1 Making PowerShell Scripts Run Automatically

6.2 Sending E-Mail Messages from PowerShell Scripts

6.3 Generating Meaningful E-Mail Messages

6.4 Best Practices for PowerShell Scripting


Lesson 7: Using PowerShell Reporting

7.1 Working with Basic PowerShell Reporting

7.2 Creating CSV Files

7.3 Creating Text Files

7.4 Creating HTML Files

7.5 Adding Color and Formatting to PowerShell Reports


Lesson 8: Working with PowerShell Graphical Reporting

8.1 Creating Simple Charts

8.2 Changing Chart Types

8.3 Importing Data into Charts


Lesson 9: Using PowerShell Remoting

9.1 Introduction to Remote Sessions and Session Limits

9.2 Establishing Remote Sessions

9.3 Running Cmdlets on Remote Systems

9.4 Compiling Data from Remote Servers


Lesson 10: Building Your Own PowerShell GUI

10.1 Creating Basic GUIs

10.2 Adding Text Boxes

10.3 Creating Buttons

10.4 Working with Drop-Down Lists


Submit Errata

More Information

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.


Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020