In Windows PowerShell 2.0: TFM, I wrote a short chapter on managing directory services. This chapter was written before Microsoft released their Active Directory module so I discussed how to use the ADSI type adapter. Well it turns out we can’t slip anything past our astute readers. Continue reading
SAPIEN Press is now taking pre-orders for the latest edition of the popular Windows PowerShell: TFM. The new version, Windows PowerShell 2.0: TFM is really the 3rd edition of our original book. Don Jones and I have worked very hard to make this the most comprehensive PowerShell resource you can have on your book shelf. Think of it like having 2 PowerShell MVPs sitting around waiting to answer your questions and teach you PowerShell.
The new version assumes you are starting out with Windows PowerShell 2.0. Of course, if you have experience with PowerShell v1.0 you can skip some of the basic sections and jump right to our material on remoting, background jobs and other new killer v2.0 features. I don’t think it’s the final table of contents, but you can check it out and see everything we’re covering and what topics have been significantly revised here. This will also be the link that will have a zip file with all samples from the book once it is released.
You can pre-order through SAPIEN’s store here. If you have questions about content or PowerShell, please feel free to leave a comment here. All other questions about the book, e-book versions or anything else related to purchasing should be directed to email@example.com.
Yes, its finally true. You can finally get your hands on Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell: TFM. The book is being printed so you can get your copy today. You can order it today at ScriptingOutpost.com in both print and ebook format. Or if you prefer the best of both worlds get both as a bundle.
Table of Contents
- PowerShell Crash Course
- PowerShell Extras
- Managing Local Computer Accounts
- Managing Local Groups
- Managing Active Directory with PowerShell Fundamentals
- Managing Active Directory Users
- Active Directory Password Management
- Managing Active Directory Contacts
- Managing Active Directory Groups
- Managing Active Directory Computer Accounts
- Managing Organizational Units and Containers
- Managing Group Policy
- Active Directory Security and Permissions
- Managing Active Directory with WMI and PowerShell
- Using the Active Directory PSDrive Provider
- Managing Active Directory Infrastructure
- (Appendix A) Managing Active Directory with PowerGUI
You don’t have to wait for Microsoft before you can begin managing Active Directory with PowerShell. You can start today.
It has been a tradition the last few years for SAPIEN Technologies to offer a mad-one-day-end-of-the-year special. This year is no exception.
On December 31, 2007 jump to ScriptingOutpost.com and look for this year’s New Year’s Eve special bundle. Included will be a Primal Script 2007 Professional CD, a print copy of PrimalScript 2007: TFM, a print copy of my book WSH and VBScript Core: TFM AND the Windows PowerShell 101 Class on Disc. Normally this is almost $500 worth of product. The one day sale price will be $249.00 plus shipping.
So write your self a reminder and check it out on December 31st.
Amazon.com now has a page for the 2nd edition of Windows PowerShell: TFM. This is a different book, with a ton of new content. It has a separate ISBN, so make sure you are looking at http://www.amazon.com/Windows-PowerShell-v1-0-TFM-2nd/dp/0977659763.
The book shows out of stock right now, but you can still order. They should have books to ship in a few weeks. Sorry, it won’t be in time for a Christmas present.
Remember, this title only covers PowerShell v1.0 which is the only one approved for production use. If you need documentation for PowerShell v2.0 (still in CTP), check out the 3rd edition of the PowerShell TFM book currently in e-book format only.
As you may well be aware of by now, Microsoft has released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of PowerShell v2.0. This is pre-release software, not even a beta. It is not approved or even remotely recommended for production use.
Because it is a CTP, documentation (other than the help files) is a little sparse. But all is not lost. Don Jones and I have updated our PowerShell book with an e-book release that covers the CTP. This e-book is part of SAPIEN’s “IPO” program. The bottom line is that this is a great way to get solid reference material that won’t become obsolete within a month of printing.
You can read more about this title at http://www.sapienpress.com/powershell3.asp. But wait, there’s more: if you order before the end of November 2007, you can get the CTP e-book for $19.99. When you checkout at www.scriptingoutpost.com, use discount code VERSION2. You might also want to read the kind words Jeffrey Snover offered on this book.
I thought I’d take a moment to let you know that my new book is finally available. WSH and VBScript Core: TFM (SAPIEN Press). This book is a complete reference to Windows Script Host and VBScript. My goal was to replace the official Microsoft documentation with something that a Windows administrator would actually fine useful. The Microsoft documentation is pretty skimpy, in my opinion, and is aimed at developers. The examples rarely have any practical value and often are vague. So I decided to write the reference manual I wish I could have had when first starting out.
I cover every WSH and VBScript function, statement, object, property and method. Coverage includes the FileSystemObject, Dictionary and ScriptSigner objects. All the examples are complete and practical. If something doesn’t have a practical application in administrative scripting, I’ll tell you. I have to admit it’s a pretty exhaustive work. You can see the table of contents and download a sample chapter at http://www.sapienpress.com/WSHCore.asp.
The book is available at ScriptingOutpost.com, and Amazon.com (including Amazon.com.uk.) You can also purchase an e-book exclusively at ScriptingOutpost.com. The reference content is included in the WSH and VBScript help system in PrimalScript 2007 so you may not even need to buy the book. Although it looks great on your shelf!
I hope you’ll share your comments with me. I’d also appreciate any honest feedback you might share on sites like Amazon.
Thank you for your continued interest in my work.