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CHAPTER 1: What Is PowerShell, and Why Do You Need It?

CHAPTER 1

What Is PowerShell, and Why Do You Need It?

HERE ARE THE TOPICS COVERED IN THIS CHAPTER:

image WHY POWERSHELL? 2
Overview of PowerShell 3
The Power Behind PowerShell 5
What About the Learning Curve? 6
image WHAT'S NEW IN POWERSHELL 2.0? 7
PowerShell in the Enterprise 8
PowerShell with a GUI 10
image POWERSHELL HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE 13
What's in It for IT Professionals? 14
What's in It for Developers? 15

IT professionals have been looking for ways to automate and perform tasks in a consistent manner for years. There have been many techniques and technologies — from simple batch files to third-party tools — to accomplish the tasks. Some IT professionals have gone the extra step and learned developer languages, such as Visual Basic or JavaScript, to give their scripts more power.


  

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