PowerShell for Windows Admins

Sep 28 2013   3:39AM GMT

PowerShell too big to know

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

A couple of sentences in the Scripting Guy’s post from yesterday

http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2013/09/27/the-powershell-summit-why-you-should-care.aspx

stuck in my mind:

“I am not certain I have ever met anyone who knows everything there is to know about Windows PowerShell. In fact, I am not certain I have ever met anyone who knows nearly everything there is to know about Windows PowerShell. “

One simple anecdote should put that in context. At the recent PowerShell summit a number of things were demonstrated that had senior members of the PowerShell team saying “I didn’t know you could do that” As an aside similar scenarios played out at the 3 PowerShell Deep Dives in 2011 & 2012.

I’ve been using PowerShell since the early betas for 1.0 & have been an MVP for 6 years and I definitely don’t know everything about PowerShell. I’m learning something new about PowerShell every day.

Think also that it took three of us to write PowerShell in Depth.

There are a whole bunch of modules in Windows 2012 & 2012 R2 I haven’t had time to paly with yet. Add in the PowerShell functionality in SharePoint, Exchange, SQL Server plus all the other Microsoft and third party products and no one can know all there is to know about PowerShell.

One of the great joys of working PowerShell is that there is always something new to learn. Sure, you’re building on what you already know but even the core PowerShell engine can bring surprises.

I’d be highly suspicious of anyone claiming to know everything about PowerShell.

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