This time, I've put together a list of resources for those interested in Microsoft's PowerShell scripting language. While this training guide focuses primarily on Windows PowerShell 2.0, I have provided a brief list of PowerShell v3 resources at the end of this guide for those interested in getting an advance look at the newest version of PowerShell.
Windows PowerShell Self-Study Guide
The list below is provided for those who wish to become familar with Microsoft PowerShell 2.0. These resources are all available online and free of charge, except for the book which are listed for completeness.
Top Level Site for PowerShell: http://www.microsoft.com/powershell
Windows PowerShell Training
These audios and videos offer Windows PowerShell tips, news and interviews that you can listen to at your convenience.
Useful PowerShell Blogs
This is a sampling of some of the blogs that are being written on the subject of Windows PowerShell. Some of these are independent blogs and their contents are not reviewed or controlled by Microsoft.
This section represents links to actual PowerShell scripts that have been developed for review and reuse. These scripts are intended to keep administrators from having to "start from scratch" when developing scripts. While they will almost certainly require some modification, the intent is to give admins a starting point to learn how to do various tasks related to PowerShell in their own environments.
WARNING: YOU SHOULD NEVER RUN A SCRIPT IN PRODUCTION IF YOU AREN'T 100% CERTAIN OF WHAT IT WILL DO. ALL SCRIPTS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY UNDERSTOOD AND TESTED IN A NON-PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT PRIOR TO BEING USED IN PRODUCTION. THIS HELPS ENSURE THAT PRODUCTION PROBLEMS DO NOT OCCUR AS A RESULT OF RUNNING SCRIPTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED AND VALIDATED BEFOREHAND.
The Microsoft forums are places where administrators can ask questions, read discussions among technical professionals, and engage with the online community. The following forum is dedicated to PowerShell.
The following is a partial list of books that have proven useful as PowerShell resources, both to the new admin and the experienced developer. This is not intended as a complete list of PowerShell books, but is intended only as a sample for the admin seeking to start building his or her own library.
Additional PowerShell Resources
In this section are a variety of external resrouces offered to the PowerShell community in the form of blogs, sample scripts, wikis, forums, etc.
PowerShell v3 (beta)
These resources are specifically designed to help prepare for the newest version of PowerShell to be released in the near future.