PowerShell v2.0 CTP e-book Offer

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.

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WSH and VBScript Core: TFM is here

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.

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Powershell: TFM in 2nd printing

I’ve recently found out that SAPIEN Press is just about ready to go to a second printing of Microsoft Windows PowerShell: TFM. It has been very popular and in demand, which is always gratifying as an author. I know a number of copies were sold at the recent Techmentor conference in Orlando where Don and I spoke, including a full day on PowerShell plus a post-conference crash course.

You can order copies from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ScriptingOutpost.com (you’ll also find it as part of some cool bundles)

PowerShell is here to stay and will be THE way we manage servers.

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SAPIEN Scripting Makeover Contest

In case you missed it, or perhaps you’ve let it slide, you really need to take a look at the Scripting Makeover contest that SAPIEN Technologies is running. The contest winner gets over $20,000 in automation related products and services.

Essentially, you submit your company or organization (there are some rules) and provide some adminisitrative tasks that you’d like to see automated or improved. What are you doing now that could be done better, faster and more efficiently. SAPIEN will come in and automate your problem processes, plus train administrators, plus provide software, books and more.

Here’s what you can win:

  • Up to a full week of on-site scripting training from scripting guru Don Jones, for up to twelve Windows administrators in your organization. You’ll receive training in Windows PowerShell, VBScript, and other tools and technologies designed to help automate those troublesome tasks!
  • Additional online and on-site consulting to help automate 5 of your most time-consuming and repetitive Windows administration tasks.
  • Free access to a helpful online community for Windows scripting and automation topics.
  • SAPIEN Technologies software for up to twelve Windows administrators, including our popular and award-winning PrimalScript 4 Enterprise visual script development environment.
  • Additional scripting- and automation-related books, self-paced training materials, and more – a complete training and reference library for your company or organization! Includes titles from the popular ScriptingAnswers.com University training series, as well as the TFM series of books from SAPIEN Press.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2007. Visit http://www.scriptingmakeover.com/ for all the information you need.

PowerShell TFM in stock!!

Amazon finally has copies of Windows PowerShell:TFM in stock. The book now shows as available and shipping. I’m hoping it won’t take them long to get through the pre-order backlog. Right now they are offering it as a bundle with Bruce Payette’s soon-to-be-published PowerShell book. You might think it odd to buy two books on the same subject. But I have many, many books on scripting. I usually learn something new in each one. If nothing else, the repetition of key material from different perspectives helps you learn faster. And if that isn’t enough, the book is eligible for free shipping through Amazon’s Super Saver Shipping.

I hope you enjoy the book and will let me know what you think.

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