Friday, June 26, 2015

Beginner's Guide - Powershell for the newbie

Whether you're new to the world of Windows administration or you've been living under a rock for the past 8 years, it's OK not to know about perhaps the single most effective tool for administrating Windows environments since Active Directory.  I'm not going to reinvent the wheel in this blog entry as there are tons of great resources out there, but I am going to provide some of my favorites and recommendations.

Above all, in order to learn how to use Powershell, you must practice.  Most commands are innocuous and safe to run on your workstation or laptop; but to be safe, you are better off having a dedicated PC or virtual machine to create a sandbox environment.  I'll be creating a blog called "How-to: Building a Virtual Lab" soon and I'll add the link when it's up.

For now, lets get to the good stuff.

Getting Started

Building the knowledge

Coming to Windows?
  • Powershell for Unix people - Many unix commands work in a similar way to bash, though not case sensitive thank goodness.
  • Powershell on Mac - well editing on a mac anyways.  Powershell over SSH will come soon enough and then you'll be able to run commands on a remote server from your non-windows client.


Classroom Learning
  • Interface Powershell Training -  I took the Don Jones Master Class (boot camp) last year and he blew my mind in 5 days, despite my 6 previous years of Powershell experience. Worth the $3500 and they offer web based learning.  If you can get work reimbursement, all the better.
  • Events - Many free webinars and if you are lucky, you might have a Powershell meetup group near you.

That's all for now. Did I miss something that you think should be on this list? Let me know in a comment below or Tweet me.

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