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Windows PowerShell in Action, Third Edition

PowerShell in Action by Bruce Payette has been THE book for the PowerShell expert to learn how PowerShell works under the covers. If you  wanted to know how PowerShell works and why it works the way it does – this was the book.  PowerShell in Action second edition was written when PowerShell 2.0 was the new kid on the block but we’ve had PowerShell 3.0, 4.0 and now 5.0 since the book was written


Many people have asked if a new edition was going to happen.


The answer is yes and chapters 1 and 3 are now available through the Manning Early Access Program (MEAP).  It’s being completely revised with all text brought up to date for PowerShell 5.0 and new material covering all of the new features in PowerShell 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 including Workflows, Desired State Configuration, PowerShell classes, programming APIs and more.


The MEAP is available from


If you want to know how PowerShell really works this is the book you need. I’ve used the first and second editions for many years and its always been the book I’ve turned to when I’m stuck. I’m honoured to be helping Bruce produce the third edition of this book and hope you get as much out of it as we’ve put into it.


Manning Deal of the Day–31 August 2015

Deal of the Day August 31: Half off my book Learn Active Directory Management in a Month of Lunches. Use code dotd083115au at

Learn ConfigMgr 2012 in a Month of Lunches and Learn SQL Server Administration in a Month of Lunches also included

PowerShell books = Deal of the Day

Manning’s Deal of the Day for 18 November 2014 includes PowerShell in Depth, second edition and PowerShell and WMI

PowerShell in Depth, second edition in print

I received my copies of the print version of PowerShell in Depth, second edition today.  Amazon shows it being available in a couple of days


PowerShell in Depth second edition ebook

The ebook for PowerShell in Depth second edition is available from Manning -

Learning, always learning

PowerShell is going mainstream amongst the administrator community – it may seem slow but the last couple of years has definitely seen a sustained upswing in adoption in my experience. As more people are demonstrating the benefits we see more people asking how they can learn PowerShell.


Two good ways come to mind. First is go on a course delivered by a recognised expert – if you’re thinking of attending a PowerShell course find out who is delivering it and look them up. If they don’t seem like an expert look for another course. There is s lot of bad practice being communicated and you rally want to cut through that and learn from a master of the subject.


if you don’t like, or can’t attend, a course then your best bet is Don Jones’ book – Learn PowerShell in a Month of Lunches –


That completes the first part of your action. The second part is learning how to use PowerShell to administer the technology, or technologies, you work with.  Assuming you understand how to administer the underlying technology you need something to help you learn how to apply PowerShell to that technology. These are books I’d recommend:

For Active Directory

Learn Active Directory in a Month of Lunches -



Learn IIS in a Month of Lunches  -


For more general administration

PowerShell in Practice -

PowerShell and WMI -


For VMware

VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration

Managing VMware Infrastructure with Windows PowerShell


These are books that I’ve used or worked on in one form or another and that I’m prepared to recommend. There are books on other administration through PowerShell topics but not having read them I can’t recommend for or against


I’ll update this post periodically as I work through more technologies.

July 22 2014–deal of the day

Half off my book PowerShell and WMI. Use code dotd072214au at Also Half off PowerShell in Depth, Second Edition. Use code dotd072214au at

Time to stock up your book collection?

Manning are offering 40% off everything – print & ebooks – They have a very extensive set of PowerShell books – now would be the time to add to your collection

PowerShell Deep Dive and Save the Children

I co-edited PowerShell Deep Dives - – alongside Jeff Hicks and other PowerShell MVPs.  The book is collection of chapters from  PowerShell experts from around the world.

The list of authors includes:

Jeffery Hicks, Richard Siddaway, Oisín Grehan, Aleksandar Nikolić, Chris Bellée, Bartek Bielawski, Robert C. Cain, Jim Christopher, Adam Driscoll, Josh Gavant, Jason Helmick, Don Jones, Ashley McGlone, Jonathan Medd, Ben Miller, James O'Neill, Arnaud Petitjean, Vadims Podans, Karl Prosser, Boe Prox, Matthew Reynolds, Mike Robbins, Donabel Santos, Will Steele, Trevor Sullivan, and Jeff Wouters.


Best of all the royalties from the book all go to Save the Children.  The more copies we sell the more they receive.  If you haven’t bought a copy please do so. Available from your favourite bookshop or direct from the publisher.

Deal of the Day–26 March 2014

Tomorrow – 26 March – several PowerShell books will feature in Manning’s Deal of the Day:

PowerShell in Depth 2E

PowerShell and WMI

PowerShell Deep Dives


All highly recommended and full of PowerShell goodness