Chapter 2. Meet PowerShell

This chapter is all about getting you situated and helping you to decide which Power-Shell interface you’ll use (yes, you have a choice). If you’ve used PowerShell before, this material might seem redundant, so feel free to skim this chapter—you might still find some tidbits here and there that’ll help you down the line.

Also, this chapter applies exclusively to PowerShell on Windows. Non-Windows versions don’t come in as many options or flavors, so if that’s your situation, you can skip this chapter.

2.1. Choose your weapon

On Windows, Microsoft provides two ways (four, if you’re being picky) for you to work with PowerShell. Figure 2.1 shows the Start screen’s Apps page, with four Power-Shell icons. We’ve highlighted ...

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