Chapter 1. Introduction

This chapter covers

  • What the book will and won’t teach
  • The boundaries of this book
  • Going beyond PowerShell

As of this writing, Windows PowerShell is on to its seventh year of existence and in its fourth major release, with a fifth version in preview. In that time, it’s changed the way people look at administering many Microsoft, and even some non-Microsoft, products. Although the graphical user interface (GUI) will always be an important part of administration in many ways, PowerShell has given administrators options: Use an easy, intuitive GUI; manage from a rich, interactive command-line console; or fully automate with a simple scripting language. We’re delighted that so many administrators have started using ...

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