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Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate Collection

There are countless Powershell courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches (2016)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionLearn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, Third Edition is an innovative tutorial designed for busy IT professionals. This updated edition covers PowerShell features that run on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and later, PowerShell v3 and later, and includes v5 features like PowerShellGet. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. PowerShell is both a scripting language and an administrative shell that lets you control and automate nearly every aspect of Windows. It accepts and executes…
Author(s): Donald W. Jones, Jeffrey Hicks

2. Learn PowerShell Scripting in a Month of Lunches (2017)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionDiscover how scripting is different from command-line PowerShell, as you explore concrete hands-on examples in this handy guide. The book includes and expands on many of the techniques presented in Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. Automate it! With Microsoft’s PowerShell language, you can write scripts to control nearly every aspect of Windows. Just master a few straightforward scripting skills, and you’ll be able to eliminate repetitive manual tasks, create…
Author(s): Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks

3. Windows PowerShell Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Scripting Microsoft’s Command Shell (2013)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionHow do you use Windows PowerShell to navigate the filesystem, manage files and folders, or retrieve a web page? This introduction to the PowerShell language and scripting environment provides more than 400 task-oriented recipes to help you solve all kinds of problems. Intermediate to advanced system administrators will find more than 100 tried-and-tested scripts they can copy and use immediately. Updated for PowerShell 3.0, this comprehensive cookbook includes hands-on recipes for common tasks and administrative jobs that you can apply whether you’re on the client or server version of Windows. You also get quick references to…
Author(s): Lee Holmes

4. Windows PowerShell in Action (2017)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionWindows PowerShell in Action, Third Edition is the definitive guide to PowerShell, now revised to cover PowerShell 6. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. In 2006, Windows PowerShell reinvented the way administrators and developers interact with Windows. Today, PowerShell is required knowledge for Windows admins and devs. This powerful, dynamic language provides command-line control of the Windows OS and most Windows servers, such as Exchange and SCCM. And because it’s a first-class .NET…
Author(s): Bruce Payette, Richard Siddaway

5. Mastering Windows PowerShell Scripting: Automate and manage your environment using PowerShell Core 6.0, 3rd Edition (2019)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionPowerShell scripts offer a handy way to automate various chores, however working effectively with these scripts can be a difficult task.This comprehensive guide starts with the fundamentals before moving on to advanced-level topics to help you become a PowerShell Core 6.0 expert. The first module, PowerShell Core 6.0 Fundamentals, begins with the new features of PowerShell Core 6.0, installing it on Linux, and working with parameters, objects and .NET classes from within PowerShell Core 6.0. As you make your way through the chapters, you’ll see how to efficiently manage…
Author(s): Chris Dent

6. Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches (2012)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionPacked with hands-on labs to reinforce what you’re learning, Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches is the best way to learn PowerShell scripting and toolmaking. Just set aside one hour a day—lunchtime would be perfect—for each self-contained lesson. You’ll move quickly through core scripting concepts and start working on four real-world, practical tools. Each chapter adds more functionality, including custom formatting, error handling, parameterized input, input validation, help files and documentation, and more. You don’t have to be…
Author(s): Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks

7. PowerShell and Python Together: Targeting Digital Investigations (2019)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionBring together the Python programming language and Microsoft’s PowerShell to address digital investigations and create state-of-the-art solutions for administrators, IT personnel, cyber response teams, and forensic investigators.You will learn how to join PowerShell’s robust set of commands and access to the internals of both the MS Windows desktop and enterprise devices and Python’s rich scripting environment allowing for the rapid development of new tools for investigation, automation, and deep analysis. takes a practical approach that provides an entry point and level playing field for a wide range of individuals, small companies,…
Author(s): Chet Hosmer

8. Windows PowerShell 6 (IT Pro Solutions) (2017)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionFinally, a hands-on, personalized guide to Windows PowerShell that covers all release versions including PowerShell 6, 5, 4 and 3 for Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2, 2012 as well as Windows 10, 8.1 and 7!Practical and precise, this guide provides ready answers and is designed for IT professionals working with Microsoft products, whether for on-premises, hybrid or cloud support. Inside, you’ll find expert insights, tips, tricks and workarounds that will show you how to make the most of Windows PowerShell in the shortest amount of time possible. During the course of…
Author(s): William Stanek

9. PowerShell for Sysadmins: A Hands-on Guide to Automating Your Workflow (2020)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionBridge the gap between scripting and operations personnel with Automate the Boring Stuff with PowerShell. With PowerShell, you can automate tasks with scripts without having to learn the complicated ins and outs of programming. After you familiarize yourself with PowerShell’s intuitive syntax, you’ll apply your knowledge by designing and developing scripts for lots of daily situations IT personnel find themselves in every day. You’ll then end with learning how to build a large project to automate server deployments from scratch written completely in PowerShell.In Part One, you’ll be brought up to an intermediate…
Author(s): Adam Bertram

10. Windows PowerShell Step by Step (2015)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionExpand your expertise–and teach yourself the fundamentals of Windows PowerShell scripting, including features available in Windows PowerShell 5. If you are an IT professional, power user, or consultant, you’ll get the guidance, exercises, and code you need to master core techniques for automating Windows setup, deployment, and management.    This book is for: No experience with Windows PowerShell or other scripting technologies necessary…
Author(s): Ed Wilson

11. Windows PowerShell Pocket Reference: Portable Help for PowerShell Scripters (Pocket Reference (O’Reilly)) (2012)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis portable reference to Windows PowerShell 3.0 summarizes the command shell and scripting language, and provides a concise reference to the many tasks that make PowerShell so useful. If you’re a busy Windows administrator, and don’t have time to plow through huge books or search online, this is the ideal on-the-job tool.Written by Microsoft PowerShell team member Lee Holmes, and excerpted from his Windows PowerShell Cookbook, this edition offers up-to-date coverage of PowerShell 3.0. You’ll find information on the .NET classes and legacy tools you need to…
Author(s): Lee Holmes

12. Windows Server 2019 & PowerShell All-in-One For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) (2019)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionWindows Server 2019 & PowerShell All-in-One For Dummies offers a single reference to help you build and expand your knowledge of all things Windows Server, including the all-important PowerShell framework. Written by an information security pro and professor who trains aspiring system administrators, this book covers the broad range of topics a system administrator needs to know to run Windows Server 2019, including how to install, configure, and secure a system. This book includes coverage of: If you’re a budding or experienced system administrator looking to build or expand your knowledge…
Author(s): Sara Perrott

13. Mastering Windows PowerShell Scripting: One-stop guide to automating administrative tasks, 2nd Edition (2017)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionPowerShell scripts offer a handy way to automate various chores. Working with these scripts effectively can be a difficult task.This comprehensive guide starts from scratch and covers advanced-level topics to make you a PowerShell expert. The first module, PowerShell Fundamentals, begins with new features, installing PowerShell on Linux, working with parameters and objects, and also how you can work with .NET classes from within PowerShell.In the next module, you’ll see how to efficiently manage large amounts of data and interact with other services using…
Author(s): Chris Dent, Brenton J.W. Blawat

14. Powershell: The Complete 3 Books in 1 for Beginners, Intermediate and 21 Sample Codings and Advance Crash Course Guide in Powershell Programming (2018)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionThere are a lot of coding languages that you can learn how to work with, but if you would like to work with a language that goes well with the Windows operating system and helps you create your own programs, PowerShell is the best option that you can go with. Some of the topics that we will take a look at inside this guidebook are: When you are ready to learn a new programming language, make sure to check out this guidebook and learn how to work with the PowerShell programming language. Do you wish you had guaranteed job security? Do you want to earn more and work less? Do…
Author(s): Zach Webber

15. Windows Server 2016 Automation with PowerShell Cookbook – Second Edition: Automate manual administrative tasks with ease (2017)

 Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis book showcases several ways that Windows administrators can use to automate and streamline their job. You’ll start with the PowerShell and Windows Server fundamentals, where you’ll become well versed with PowerShell and Windows Server features.In the next module, Core Windows Server 2016, you’ll implement Nano Server, manage Windows updates, and implement troubleshooting and server inventories. You’ll then move on to the Networking module, where you’ll manage Windows network services and network shares.The last module covers Azure and DSC, where you will use Azure on PowerShell and DSC…
Author(s): Thomas Lee

Best Powershell Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some powershell books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Mastering Active Directory: Deploy and secure infrastructures with Active Directory, Windows Server 2016, and PowerShell

Author(s): Dishan Francis
ID: 2422725, Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: 9 Aug 2019, Size: 71 Mb, Format: epub

PowerShell for Sysadmins: Workflow Automation Made Easy

Author(s): Adam Bertram
ID: 2497373, Publisher: No Starch Press, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

PowerShell with SharePoint from Scratch

Author(s): Peter and Kate Kalmström
ID: 2521935, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely hot items according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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