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Here are some useful links I found to help me along:

Download RC1
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?fam....

Windows PowerShell RC1 Documentation Pack
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fam... 

Official Site
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2....

MSDN Docs:
http://windowssdk.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms767822.aspx

How Powershell works
http://windowssdk.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms714658.aspx

Windows Power Shell Quick Start (good syntax reference)
http://channel9.msdn.com/wiki/default.aspx/Channel9.WindowsPowerShellQuickStart

PowerShell team blog.
http://blogs.msdn.com/powershell/

Scott Hanselmans Blog
http://hanselman.com/blog

Keith Hills blog (Powershell MVP)
http://keithhill.spaces.msn.com/blog/

PowerShell For Fun Blog
http://mshforfun.blogspot.com/

Screencast (worth it for a great intro to PS)
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ScottHanselmanDeveloperProductivityToolsVideoPart3.aspx
also from Scotts H a couple of podcasts http://hanselminutes.com/default.aspx?showID=12 and more recently http://hanselminutes.com/default.aspx?showID=33

That should give you something to bite into for a while, for a quick reference the channel9 link about can get you hacking away, if you never heard of Powershell before probably watch the screencast first.

One of the first more useful thing I found out was that PS has a profile file that gets read when it starts up. Your install of PS will have placed a configuration directory at c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\PSConfiguration. In here you can find your profile file, seems to pick up either a file called profile.ps1 or Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1. It will also look in your 'My document' folder, e.g. \PSConfiguration\Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1. This is where I keep mine. If its not there you can find a sample at C:\Program Files\Windows PowerShell\v1.0\Examples\profile.ps1, just create the PSConfiguration and copy the file in and of you go

Next post I'll show some example of how to find your way around, examples from my profile file, modifying the prompt, saving the history, some useful functions and after that some simple cmdlets I've wrote.

Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 6:33 PM Programming | Back to top


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