Book: Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Gary said nearly everything I wanted to include in the Introduction. I designed this book for the complete beginner, and you should therefore read the book from beginning to end. If you want a more reference oriented book, you should check out my PowerShell Best Practices books, or even PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step. Actually, the Step by Step book is not really a reference, but a hands-on learning guide. It is, ideally, the book you graduate to once you have completed this one. For your daily dose of PowerShell, you should check out my Hey Scripting Guy blog at www.ScriptingGuys.com/blog. I post new content there twice a day.
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