Microsoft regularly offers one- and two-day Jump Start seminars through the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). Shortly, the first of a two-part series on the outstanding PowerShell OS scripting language will get underway. This is a very worthwhile toolset for network and systems admins, to the tune of if you don’t sign up and attend, you’ll want to tune into the recordings of these materials that will be posted after the fact. If you need more convincing, zip over and thru the excellent “Learning PowerShell” materials in the SQL Server 2008 R2 pages (don’t worry, PowerShell works with all MS server and many desktop facilities, so there’s no danger of painting yourself into a corner here).
The TechNet Script Center is another great clearinghouse for learning PowerShell stuff.
Here are some links to this two-part Jump Start series, with (hopefully) tasty descriptive blurbs and registration links. If you want to do this live, don’t tarry: only six days until Part 1 of this two-part series kicks off!
- Part 1: Getting Started with PowerShell 3.0. Ace instructors Jeffrey Snover (Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect for the Windows Server and System Center Division — pre-reorg, I’m guessing) and Jason Helmick (Senior Technology at Concentrated Technology) will provide a full-day, hands-on intro to PowerShell structure, syntax, and basic script development tools and strategies. (visit page link above to register) Takes place on July 18, 9AM-5PM PDT (UCT -08:00)
- Part 2: Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0. The same ace instructors (Snover and Helmick) take attendees through a full day of data and parameter driven scripting activities, including help and support systems, error handling, and debugging tools and techniques. They will also deal with script and manifest workflows, as well as tools and workflows. This is where working with PowerShell is more like real programming and less like throwaway, one-off scriptlets. Should be great fun! (visit page link above to register) Takes place on August 1, 9AM-5PM PDT (UCT-08:00).