Books and Training

Here is information about my books and training projects. I appreciate your support when purchasing copies. It helps pay the mortgage and allows me to continue what I’m doing. I always appreciate user reviews on appropriate sites like Amazon, as well as word of mouth recommendations. If I’m speaking at a conference or user group meeting, I’m more than happy to sign whatever you put in front of me.

In addition to the material here, I would also love to come do PowerShell training for you and your organization. I think you’ll need to set aside at least 3 days, and a full week is even better especially if you want to dig into Desired State Configuration (DSC). Course material is drawn from my books and can be customized to meet any special needs you might have. If it makes any difference, in addition to being a PowerShell MVP I was a Microsoft Certified Trainer for 13 years. If you are interested, please drop me a line.

Books

Here are most of my books. The titles from SAPIEN Press should also be available as ebooks from SAPIEN Store. The links are to SAPIEN Press because some of the books have collateral material which you have to get from them. Otherwise most people buy print copies from Amazon.

Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches 2nd Ed. with Don Jones. (Manning Publications, 2012)

This is the v3 book for IT Pros who need to jump start their PowerShell 3.0 skills. A month of easy to follow lessons to get you started on the road to PowerShell success. I’m very excited to be a part of the 2nd edition of this book which has been revised and expanded for PowerShell v3. Once you’ve finished this, you might want to consider the next book in this list.

Learn Windows PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches with Don Jones (Manning Publications, 2012)

You have some PowerShell skills at the command prompt. Now take them to the next level and learn how to create PowerShell tools. This book will take your from scripter to toolmaker in a month of lunches.

 

PowerShell in Depth: An Administrator’s Guide 2nd ed.(with Don Jones and Richard Siddaway, Manning Publications, 2014)

pid2-coverA complete reference guide to PowerShell 4.0, targeted at IT Pro’s written by 3 PowerShell MVPs with decades of experience. It is assumed you have some experience with PowerShell. This is not the first book for an absolute beginner. Go through the two Lunches book first, then get this. For everyone else we want this to be the book you keep on your desk.

Windows PowerShell 2.0: TFM (with Don Jones, SAPIEN Press 2010)

Windows PowerShell 2.0 TFM CoverA complete reference for Windows PowerShell 2.0 written for IT Professionals. Technically this is the 3rd edition of the original PowerShell TFM book.

 

 

Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell: TFM 2nd Ed.(SAPIEN Press 2011)

Managing AD with PowerShell coverThis second edition of my book shows how to manage Active Directory using the Microsoft Active Directory provider and cmdlets or the free Active Directory cmdlets from Quest Software. Some material from the first edition, such as using ADSI, has been moved to appendices.

 

WSH and VBScript Core: TFM (SAPIEN Press 2007).

WSH and VBScript Core CoverA complete reference guide to VBScript for IT Pros packed with real world examples.

 

 

 

 

Training Material

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with the great people at TrainSignal ( now part of Pluralsight) to produce a few training videos. I hope to do more with them in the future.

PowerShell v4 New Features

This course is intended for IT Pros with previous PowerShell experience, presumably PowerShell v3, who want to get up to speed on the new features and benefits of PowerShell v4. The course includes an introduction to Desired State Configuration (DSC).

PowerShell v3 Essentials

021913_2047_WordTest1.pngThis course is intended for IT Pros just getting started with PowerShell. Content is centered on PowerShell 3.0, although much of it still applies to PowerShell 2.0. the 16+ hours of instruction includes a lot of demonstrations including many practical and “real-world” applications. The course is not intended as an in-depth or exhaustive source of instruction. But it should provide enough information so that you can quickly begin using the PowerShell console to manage your Windows servers and desktops.

PowerShell v3 New Features
This course is designed to get you up to speed on changes and new features with PowerShell v3. I developed the course for IT Pros with existing PowerShell experience who are looking to jump start their v3 work. The course covers the v3 elements that I felt an IT Pro would most likely be interested in such as the new ISE, scheduled jobs, web cmdlets and PowerShell workflows. Be aware that this is not a complete language reference and not necessarily for novices. But if you are willing to dig into help and have some decent Powershell reference books you could get through this.

Windows PowerShell Fundamentals (covers v2)

Windows_PowerShell_Fundamentals_TrainingThis is a “crash course” on PowerShell v2 fundamentals. The course is aimed at IT Pros with the intent of getting them up to speed as fast as possible to manage their environment with an interactive PowerShell prompt.

Windows Server 2008 PowerShell Training
WindowsServer2008PowerShellTrainingThis course is designed to teach IT Pros how to handle every day system management tasks, using Windows PowerShell 2.0 on a Windows Server 2008 environment.

 

 

I hope you find my efforts worth your time and money. Thank you.

 

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