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The go-to Windows PowerShell guide

Solidify a strong foundation with this PowerShell guide that includes tips on automating tasks, using WMI and CMI standards and handling security threats.

Introduction

IT administrators are always on the lookout for ways to make their lives more efficient. PowerShell can help them by simplifying tasks through automation.

When IT admins have a strong understanding of how to use Windows PowerShell, they can get the most out of it. Whether admins are starting at the basic level, or looking for new ways to advance PowerShell capabilities, there are tips and tricks to learn. Navigating installers or enabling PowerShell Direct can cut down how much time admins spend on repetitive tasks and in turn boost productivity.

It is vital that IT stays on top of the latest security threats as well. PowerShell has been hit hard with security attacks. Use this PowerShell guide to stay one step ahead and learn the top risks to PowerShell security as well as how to prevent them.

1The PowerShell basics-

Get your PowerShell sea legs

When it comes to the PowerShell framework, even the basics can seem intimidating. Don't just sit there treading water -- use these tips to get an overall understanding of what PowerShell is. Study up on the scripting basics, practice using the top commands and watch everything start to flow with ease.

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Twenty-five PowerShell commands to know

Administrators can learn how to use cmdlets for a variety of simple scripting tasks and manage systems with some of the more common Windows PowerShell commands. Continue Reading

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Back to basics for PowerShell scripting

Admins should be familiar with PowerShell scripting basics, including how to use reusable scripts and how to debug scripts. They can also use PowerShell to help with task automation in Exchange Server. Continue Reading

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What is PowerShell capable of?

The PowerShell framework can help Windows admins simplify software and remote desktop management by allowing them to use tools such as cmdlets and PackageManagement. Continue Reading

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Avoid scripting variables issues

PowerShell automatic variables, which are already defined, can trip up users who don't know how to work with them. Don't let these common variables create unexpected issues. Continue Reading

2The PowerShell how-to-

Captain the PowerShell ship

Now that you got your feet wet, learn how to navigate a network using the PowerShell framework to simplify task management. IT admins can use PowerShell to automate software deployment, making updates timelier. Companies working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) can now work with PowerShell as well, which makes weathering the storm of management that much easier.

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Get going with PowerShell Direct

Microsoft's PowerShell Direct provides administrators an easy and reliable way to interact with Hyper-V virtual machines. Continue Reading

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Stay up to standards in PowerShell

Uncover Windows Management Instrumentation and the Common Information Model standard in conjunction with PowerShell to manage and configure Windows machines. Continue Reading

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Installers galore through PowerShell

Learn how PackageManagement -- formerly OneGet -- lets admins use a common set of PowerShell cmdlets to manage several different installers, including NuGet and Chocolatey. Continue Reading

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Keep IT headache-free

With an automated deployment process, it's much easier to distribute software to end users. Find out how Windows PowerShell can help. Continue Reading

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Combine PowerShell with AWS management

AWS PowerShell tools give developers more automation options, but tagging and security remain important considerations to protect key pairs. Continue Reading

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PowerShell simplifies clipboard commands

Explore how admins can use PowerShell 5.0 in Windows 10 to simplify interacting with the Windows clipboard. All it takes is a few simple commands. Continue Reading

3PowerShell security and threat-

Maneuver the rough seas of PowerShell

IT admins must be wary of the storm of cyber-attacks that can hit when they choose PowerShell to guide the way. IT admins must keep an eye on the horizon for the different types of ransomware attacks and keep things afloat by implementing execution policies and Group Policy.

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Is PowerShell a security risk?

PowerShell doesn't really pose any huge security risks, but it's not something users need on their desktops. Continue Reading

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Use PowerShell as a shield

Discover the four most common PowerShell execution policies admins can use to lock down the scripting utility and protect their operating system against attacks. Continue Reading

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Group Policy locks down PowerShell

When it comes to PowerShell security, it's important for IT to know how to use Group Policy to establish effective execution polices. Continue Reading

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PowerShell encryption guards data

Windows Server 2016 includes PowerShell security features, including cmdlets that allow the use of PKI encryption for public and private key certificates. Continue Reading

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