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Practical Windows PowerShell Scripting LiveLessons, Second Edition (Video Training), 2nd Edition

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  • Copyright 2022
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Online Video
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-790529-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-790529-4

12+ Hours of Video Instruction

Fully updated! Decipher PowerShell code and automate administrative tasks with minimal effort.


PowerShell can help you automate a variety of tasks from Windows Server management to rich reporting, to building full blown, graphical applications. But learning PowerShell can be intimidating; its not intuitive and alias use can make code difficult to read.

In this video, Microsoft MVP Brien Posey helps you learn PowerShell with minimal effort. He writes code that is easy to follow and easy to read. He takes time to explain and demo each step and talks you through PowerShells quirks.

This fully updated edition of the bestselling Practical Windows PowerShell Scripting LiveLessons video includes the latest tools such as PowerShell 7 pipeline parallelization, Windows 11 Terminal, and Windows Server 2022. Start by building practical PowerShell scripts that help you manage day-to-day tasks, and then see how take advantage of more advanced features.

Skill Level

  • All levels

Learn How To

  •  Decipher PowerShell Syntax
  •  Work with PowerShell Cmdlets
  •  Enhance your PowerShell scripts
  •  Interact with Active Directory
  •  Automate scripts
  •  Create and format reports
  •  Import data into charts
  •  Establish remote sessions
  •  Build your own GUI
  •  Use advanced features such as pipeline chain operators and parallelization

Who Should Take This Course

  • This video course is ideal for admins or developers who wants to learn PowerShell and advance their understanding of basic or advanced PowerShell techniques.

Course Requirements

  • A basic understanding of Windows

Lesson Descriptions

Lesson 1 introduces PowerShell. Its intended primarily for those who are just getting started with PowerShell.

Lesson 2 focuses on PowerShell basics, including fundamental concepts such as variables, objects, attributes, and error messages.

Lesson 3 begins to talk about basic scripting, including how to build a PowerShell script, configuring the script execution policy, creating a function, silencing errors, operators, and authentication.

Lesson 4 shows you how to enhance scripts. Learn how to pass a variable to a function, create loops, and integrate with Microsoft .NET. You also learn about if-then-else statements and switch statements.

Lesson 5 covers interacting with Active Directory. Learn how to query the Active Directory, create and modify user accounts, and work with AD groups.

Lesson 6 delves into PowerShell as a management tool. Learn how to make a script run automatically, generate alerts and e-mail messages from a script, and management best practices.

Lesson 7 explains how to use PowerShell for reporting, including creating CSV, text, and HTML files.

Lesson 8 dives into graphical reporting with PowerShell. It also explains how to create simple charts, change the chart type, and import data into the chart.

Lesson 9 shows you how to establish a remote session, run cmdlet on a remote session, and collect data.

Lesson 10 demonstrates how to build your own GUI, including adding text boxes, creating buttons, and working with drop-down lists.

Lesson 11 concludes the video course by presenting advanced features of PowerShell, including ternary operators, pipeline chain operators, null condition operators, and pipeline parallelization.

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Sample Content

Table of Contents

Lesson 1: PowerShell Basics
Learning objectives
1.1 What is PowerShell
1.2 The Windows Command Line Interfaces
1.3 Basic PowerShell Syntax
1.4 Getting Help
1.5 Predicting a Command's Behavior
1.6 Dealing with a Term Not Recognized Error
Lesson 2: Working with PowerShell Cmdlets
Learning objectives
2.1 Commonly Used Cmdlets
2.2 Objects and Attributes
2.3 Working with Variables, Arrays, and Hash Tables
2.4 An Introduction to Modules
2.5 Making Sense of Error Messages
2.6 Custom Error Messages
Lesson 3: Basic Scripting
Learning objectives
3.1 Building a PowerShell Script
3.2 Configuring the Script Execution Policy
3.3 Creating a Function
3.4 Silencing Errors
3.5 Mathematical Operators
3.6 Comparison Operators
3.7 Assignment Operators
3.8 Logical Operators
3.9 Interactive Authentication
3.10 Automatic Authentication
Lesson 4: Enhancing Your Scripts
Learning objectives
4.1 Passing a variable to a function
4.2 Global Variables and Local Variables
4.3 Creating Loops
4.4 Creating a Progress Bar
4.5 Switch Statements
4.6 Sorting PowerShell Output
4.7 Building Modules and Stand-Alone Functions
Lesson 5: Interacting with the Active Directory
Learning objectives
5.1 Querying the Active Directory
5.2 Creating User Accounts
5.3 Modifying User Accounts
5.4 Working with Active Directory Groups
Lesson 6: Script Automation
Learning objectives
6.1 Making a Script Run Automatically
6.2 Generating Alerts from a Script
6.3 Best Practices for PowerShell Scripting
Lesson 7: PowerShell Reporting
Learning objectives
7.1 Basic Reporting
7.2 Creating a CSV File
7.3 Creating a Text File
7.4 Creating an HTML File
7.5 Adding Color and Formatting
Lesson 8: Graphical Reporting
Learning objectives
8.1 Creating a Simple Chart
8.2 Changing the Chart Type
8.3 Importing Data Into a Chart
Lesson 9: PowerShell Remoting
Learning objectives
9.1 An Introduction to Remote Sessions
9.2 Establishing a Remote Session
9.3 Running a Cmdlet on a Remote System
9.4 Collecting Data From Remote System
Lesson 10: Building Your Own GUI
Learning objectives
10.1 Creating a Basic GUI
10.2 Adding Text Boxes
10.3 Creating Buttons
10.4 Working with Drop Down Lists
Lesson 11: Advanced Features
Learning objectives
11.1 Installing PowerShell 7
11.2 Ternary Operators
11.3 Pipeline Chain Operators
11.4 Null Coalescing Operators
11.5 Pipeline Parallelization



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