Chapter 1. Before you begin

We’ve been teaching Windows PowerShell since version 1 was released in 2006. Back then, most of the folks using the shell were experienced VBScript users, and they were eager to apply their VBScript skills to learning PowerShell. As a result, we and the other folks who taught the shell, wrote books and articles, and so forth, all adopted a teaching style that takes advantage of prior programming or scripting skills.

But since late 2009, a shift has occurred. More and more administrators who don’t have prior VBScript experience have started trying to learn the shell. All of a sudden, our old teaching patterns didn’t work as well, because we had focused on scripting and programming. That’s when we realized that PowerShell ...

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