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PowerShell Learning Resources

Yesterday a conversation on twitter about PowerShell learning resources lead me to realize that: The PowerShell tab on my own site could use some updating BUT: It’s grown to the point where it’s probably not all that useful for someone starting out. To that end here are 7 8 key resources that I would recommend for learning PowerShell:

  • PowerScriptingListen to the PowerScripting Podcast
  • The Show Notes for the PowerScripting Podcast are freaking treasure trove of info so subscribe to that blog and go exploring what was mentioned in past shows.
  • GetScriptingSubscribe to Jonathan Medd’s PowerShell 2.0: One Cmdlet at a Time blog series.
  • Jonathan Medd also co-hosts a podcast on PowerShell. Subscribe to both of these, load them on the mp3 player and listen to them on your way to work. You’ll learn without realizing it.
  • imageWindows PowerShell In Action (Second Edition): An excellent book that even includes some of the “hows” and “whys” they made the tough decisions in this new language.
  • Get yourself on the PowerShell Tip of the Day email (or RSS Feed)
  • imageWindows PowerShell™ 2.0 Best Practices: This book is really thick but it is written in a way that is very easy to read even for people that are sill learning. Everyone should feel comfortable picking up this book.
  • ScriptingGuys Of course: If you run into a problem just tweet the ScriptingGuys. Also be sure to subscribe to their daily blog (including weekends & holidays) where they lay out how to solve all kinds of questions people ask of them. And if you problem is longer than a tweet. Scripter@Microsoft.com
  • geekSpeak and of course I can’t finish without saying: If you need some help getting started from scratch using PowerShell with SQL Server check out my video on MSDN’s geekSpeak and blog series from SQL University.

I use quite a few more learning resources but this is where I started and where I would recommend for people to get started. I hope this helps! :-)

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  1. I would also recommend Lee Holmes “Windows PowerShell Cookbook” as an excellent resource for PowerShell beginners.

    1. Aaron Nelson says:

      Thats a great poiint Ron, thanks for adding it. Windows PowerShell Cookbook is one of the few PowerShell books I haven’t read yet, but I’d really love to get my hands on a copy :-)