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Press Release: August 25, 2010

Windows PowerShell Cookbook, Second Edition: The Complete Guide to Scripting Microsoft's New Command Shell--New from O'Reilly

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Sebastopol, CA—Do you know how to use Windows PowerShell to navigate the filesystem and manage files and folders? Or how to retrieve a web page? Windows PowerShell Cookbook (O'Reilly Media, $54.99 USD) gives you an introduction to the PowerShell language and scripting environment.

"This book focuses squarely on helping you learn PowerShell through task-based solutions to your most pressing problems," says developer and author Lee Holmes. "Read a recipe, read a chapter, or read the entire book—regardless, you're bound to learn something."

The second edition provides even more task-oriented recipes to help you solve the most complex and pressing problems. The book also includes more than 100 tried-and-tested scripts that intermediate to advanced system administrators can copy and use immediately.

You'll find hands-on tutorials on fundamentals, common tasks, and administrative jobs that you can apply whether you're on a client or server version of Windows. You also get quick references to technologies used in conjunction with PowerShell, including format specifiers and frequently referenced registry keys to selected .NET, COM, and WMI classes. With Windows PowerShell Cookbook, you'll get more done in less time.

  • Take a tour of PowerShell's core features, including the command model, object-based pipeline, and ubiquitous scripting
  • Learn PowerShell fundamentals such as the interactive shell and fundamental pipeline and object concepts
  • Perform common tasks that involve working with files, Internet-connected scripts, user interaction, and more
  • Solve tasks in systems and enterprise management, such as working with Active Directory, the filesystem, registry, event logs, processes, and services

Advance Praise
"Lee is a key developer on PowerShell and a cornerstone of the PowerShell community. His pragmatic problem solving approach...earns this book a slot on every PowerShell user's bookshelf."
—Jeffrey Snover, Architect, Windows PowerShell

"Lee's book fills in one of the biggest gaps in the PowerShell library. ...This is the first book that really focuses on applying PowerShell, providing a cookbook of practical solutions for real-world problems."
—Bruce Payette, Co-designer of the PowerShell language and author of the best-selling Windows PowerShell in Action

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Lee Holmes is a developer on the Microsoft Windows PowerShell team, and has been an authoritative source of information about PowerShell since its earliest betas. His vast experience with Windows PowerShell enables him to integrate both the 'how' and the 'why' into discussions. Lee's involvement with the PowerShell and administration community (via newsgroups, mailing lists, and blogs) gives him a great deal of insight into the problems faced by all levels of administrators and PowerShell users alike.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including sample content, full table of contents, author bio, and cover graphic, see:

Windows PowerShell Cookbook Windows PowerShelll Cookbook, Second Edition
Lee Holmes
ISBN: 978-0-596-80501-2, 888 pages
Book Price: $54.99 USD, Ebook Price: $43.99 USD
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