Chapter 1. First Steps

In the world of Microsoft system administration, it is becoming impossible to avoid PowerShell. If you've never looked at PowerShell before or want a refresher to make sure you understand what is going on, this chapter would be a good place to start. We will cover the following topics:

  • Determining the installed PowerShell version
  • Installing/Upgrading PowerShell
  • Starting a PowerShell session
  • Simple PowerShell commands
  • PowerShell Aliases

Determining the installed PowerShell version

There are many ways to determine which version of PowerShell, if any, is installed on a computer. We will examine how this information is stored in the registry and how to have PowerShell tell you the version.

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