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Windows PowerShell 2.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Paperback – May 27 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (May 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735625956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735625952
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

William R. Stanek is a Microsoft MVP with 20+ years of experience in systems management and advanced programming. He is an award-winning author who’s written more than 100 books, including Windows Server 2012 Pocket Consultant and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4f987b0) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa46daf78) out of 5 stars Good balance of material Oct. 11 2009
By Calvin Professor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book has a good balance of foundational information and practical applications of Powershell 2.0. If there was a version of this for Powershell 1.0 I wish I had known about it. :-) The author assumes that you have some background in scripting so it doesn't come across as a pure beginner's book. The book provides practical examples for Powershell in the Windows environment and some background information on each subject. It has an appropriate balance between detail and maintaining a "big picture" view of teaching you about how to use Powershell.

The only request I make of the author in a future edition is to provide a little more coverage on loading assemblies through the Reflection.Assembly class. This is a minor issue though because he does discuss when to use it and of course one can always consult the online Microsoft documentation for additional methods.

Some of the big pluses in the book include a "real world" view and I particularly liked the quick overview of SQL Server support and how to add the supporting snapins to the basic Powershell environment - that saved me a lot of time!

Overall, one of the better books out there on the subject for those interested in a hands-on approach.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6dc43c0) out of 5 stars Stanek Fan - Book was better than I thought it would be July 16 2009
By J. Woodhouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I assumed the book would focus on a bunch on PS One-Liners for basic administration tasks. Stanek proved me wrong, he jumped into key points that I assumed would have been left out because of the nature of the book e.g. "quick and dirty guide to just get it done". He proved me wrong. He touched on the skills required to actually write PS scripts, manage profiles and moved beyond just the quick PS One-Liners that you find in other books.

Another job well done by Stanek. I own every pocket consultant he has ever written. I even own second editions and almost own all of his non pocket consultant titles.

His books are a must have for any seasoned Windows IT administrator. Owning one of his books separates the men from the boys.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6dc4414) out of 5 stars Adequate administration quick reference May 27 2011
By Richard Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I got this book because the XML Pocket Consultant book by the same author was so good. The Powershell book is not so clearly written.

If you know Powershell and just need a quick reference focused on Windows admin tasks, then this book might be useful.

Otherwise, the Cookbook by Holmes (O'Reilly) explains specific solutions better. The Manning book Powershell in Action is the best written guide to Powershell in general.

This book mostly just sits on my bookshelf unused.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6dc44e0) out of 5 stars Should be REQUIRED reading for all IT Pros March 12 2009
By Ted Crace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
William Stanek never ceases to amaze me with how much great info he can pack into his pocket consultants. There's not one that's not worth it's weight in gold and I mean that. His are the only books I've ever read front to back and then gone back in for a second or third read with highlighter in hand. Everyone in IT I work with has at least one of his books if not several and sometimes several copies of the ones they have.

I bought three copies of this and three copies of Active Directory® Administrator's Pocket Consultant (Administrators Pocket Consultant). I kept one of each and gave out the rest in my last staff meeting. There are no other books I will buy for my team, because no other books are as good. I am also grown up enough to admit knowledge I got from his books over the years are what earned me multiple promotions.

What makes this book so good is its relentless focus on what matters and the deep level of technical information William shares. William knows Windows and Microsoft products better than any 10 other tech experts on the planet put together.

No other Group Policy book I've ever read has been as good and what's even better is William does this in less than 320 pages. The 600+ page book I had before this didn't explain half of this even half as well. I'll finish by also saying this book should be used with William's Windows Server 2008 Inside Out.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6dc49a8) out of 5 stars Not for Developers May 7 2011
By Curtiss Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a little like the circle line tourist boats that navigate around the island of Manhattan. You get a big picture but not much else.

This book is primarily for command-line hackers only. It may get you jump-started into the subject of PowerShell but after that you will require a long slow charge to get up to speed. Most of the subjects are given brief discussions only and most of the code examples are simply snippets.

When I purchased this book, I was searching for a start to scripting in PowerShell. This book touches on scripts but
it is aimed primarily at sysadmins (as the cover states). If you are a developer, look elsewhere. The best tome I've discovered is Windows PowerShell 2.0. by Don Jones. It's a lot more expensive but how much is your development time worth?