Windows PowerShell Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition
Portable Help for PowerShell Scripters
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2012
Pages: 200

This 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 manage your system, along with chapters on how to write scripts, manage errors, and format output.

Beginning with a guided tour of Windows PowerShell, this handy guide covers:

  • PowerShell language and environment
  • Regular expression reference
  • XPath quick reference
  • .NET string formatting
  • .NET DateTime formatting
  • Selected .NET classes and their uses
  • WMI reference
  • Selected COM objects and their uses
  • Selected events and their uses
  • Standard PowerShell verbs
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Does not contain powershell 3.0 cmdlets.

By Richard

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Developer, Sys Admin

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand


  • Not comprehensive enough

Best Uses

  • Novice

Comments about oreilly Windows PowerShell Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition:

I am new to powershell and I was hoping this would be a concise guide to commands and cmdlet information. It seemed to be missing information Add-Member -NotePropertyName and -NotePropertyValue information.

I should have checked what version of powershell it covered.

I think that a newer version covering current versions of powershell would be good.

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"Exactly what I needed"

By Wraith

from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Comments about oreilly Windows PowerShell Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition:

A very god, comprehensive guide.


Well done and handy

By HotrodMonkey

from Houston, TX

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


    Best Uses

    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly Windows PowerShell Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition:

    I spend so much time jumping from language to language, it's nice to bounce over to a quick reference when I need to get something done and get smart fast. This book fills the bill for what I need with PowerShell.

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