PowerShell.org Free eBook Transition

Over the past few weeks, Matt Penny has been busy moving our free eBooks into their new home on Penflip. Code, when available, is located in our GitHub repo, and modules will soon be available in the PowerShell Gallery for downloading via Install-Module. Penflip is a Markdown-based editing system backed by GitHub. This means anyone can contribute corrections, additional material, and so on – which will make it easier to maintain these great books over time. You can download ebooks directly from Penflip in a variety of e-book formats. We’re now focused on electronic formats, rather than traditional page-based layout, […]

Our eBook Transition – and Your Chance to Contribute!

We’re in the process of migrating our free ebook collection over to Penflip, an online, Git-based collaborative authoring and publishing tool. Matt Penny has taken the lead in converting our Word documents to the Markdown syntax used by Penflip, and as you can see on our ebooks page, most of the titles now have an initial version in Penflip. One neat thing about Penflip is that anyone can register for a free account, fork one of our projects, and make their own modifications. You can then submit your changes back to the master branch, so we can incorporate your changes […]

eBook Cover Contest

Fancy yourself a graphics person? Just like to doodle? We’re holding a contest to create new covers for our various ebooks. Winners will receive absolutely nothing, other than a cover credit within the text (hey, we’ll also give you a full set of the ebooks for free, what the heck). Covers must include the book title, and should include the PowerShell.org logo. The logo is below. Don’t include author names in the artwork. Authors are credit on the book’s “About” page. Images must be 8.5″ wide by 11″ high, preferably at 300dpi, in PNG or JPG format (see these specifications if you […]

Massive Update to All Seven Free eBooks at PowerShell.org

We’ve just finished a massive re-do of all 7 PowerShell.org free ebooks. First, they’re now hosted in a public OneDrive folder. This means you can quickly and easily view them online, download a DOCX, or download a PDF. Anytime, anywhere. Second, we’ve had folks go through and make the formatting more consistent, using a more modern font and somewhat “airier” spacing. Hopefully that translates to “nicer to read.” All the original code is also accessible, and available for one-click downloading. Note that .PS1 files may open for viewing; you need to checkmark the file to download it. Uploads are now […]

Free eBook from Microsoft’s Scripting Guy: Windows PowerShell Networking Guide

Ed Wilson, Microsoft’s Scripting Guy, has created a free ebook, Windows PowerShell Networking Guide. It’s designed to provide a super-quick PowerShell crash course, and then show you how to  manage various networking scenarios by using the shell. And it’s free! Just click the link to get your copy – and please, tell a friend! PoshNetworking.pdf Related posts: eBook: Secrets of PowerShell Remoting PowerShell Summit “I’m Feeling Lucky” Tickets on Sale – $400 each! Need something to read while on vacation? How Cloud-First Design Affects You

Error Handling draft available

There was quite a bit of interest in the upcoming free Error Handling ebook during the PowerScripting Podcast on Thursday. It’s still in a very early draft form, but I’ve posted it to the GitHub repository for anyone who wants to brave the unedited waters and get a preview of the content. Feedback is welcome, particularly on the technical content. Don’t worry about the presentation / organization so much, as those are likely to change once we go through a review and edit process anyway. You can post comments on GitHub, or contact me directly at dlwyatt115@gmail.com. No related posts.

Community Book of PowerShell Practices

Released in our new Git repo: The Community Book of PowerShell Practices, an ongoing book started from this past Summer’s “Great Debates” blog post series. Grab it from https://github.com/PowerShellOrg/ebooks/blob/master/Practices/2013Sep_Practices/2013Sep_Practices.doc and enjoy! No related posts.

Seeking Curators for PowerShell eBooks

[UPDATE: I think I’ve finally gotten all the books under curation – but if you’ve an idea for a PowerShell-related ebook, and would like to co-author or even be a principal author (I’ll help out with logistics), still hit me up.] As you may know, PowerShell.org hosts a number of free ebooks that have, to date, been written mainly by me. But I’ve recently been delighted to welcome some co-contributors – Forums regular Dave Wyatt has contributed new content to “Secrets of PowerShell Remoting,” for example, and Matt Penny has volunteered to organize the forthcoming “Community Book of PowerShell Practices.” […]

Great Debate: The Conclusion

All this Summer, we’ve been encouraging your feedback in a series of Great Debate posts. Most of the topics came from the 2013 Scripting Games, where we definitely saw people coming down on both sides of these topics. My goal was to pull everyone’s thoughts together into a kind of community consensus, and to offer a living book of community-accepted practices for PowerShell. This’ll be a neverending story, likely adapting and growing to include more topics as the years wind on. But here’s the start: DRAFT-2013Sep_Practices is the first draft, officially a Request For Comments, based on the comments you’ve all contributed […]

Two PowerShell Books 50% off TODAY ONLY

PowerShell in Depth and Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches are on half-price August 25th, 2013. Use code dotd0825au at www.manning.com/jones2/ or Use code dotd0825au at www.manning.com/jones3/ Tell a friend who needs to start learning PowerShell – two great books at 50% off. All print books come with a voucher for free ebook versions (MOBI, EPUB, PDF), and the ebook-only version is also 50% off. No related posts.

Need something to read while on vacation?

Here is something to do while sitting by the beach this summer – try out a new PowerShell book. Go ahead and take it for a spin. I haven’t read mine yet, so reviews are welcome and encouraged!  Here are the details: Packt Publishing are offering free copies of  Windows Server 2012 Automation with PowerShell Cookbook : http://www.packtpub.com/windows-server-2012-automation-with-powershell/book in exchange for a review either on your blog or on the title’s Amazon page. Streamline routine administration processes Automate the implementation of entire AD infrastructures Generate automatic reports that highlight unexpected changes in your environment Monitor performance and report on system utilization in detailed graphs and […]

eBook: Secrets of PowerShell Remoting

This is a free e-book that covers PowerShell Remoting. There’s a brief overview and tutorial of actually using Remoting, but that part isn’t in-depth. What this e-book provides, that you won’t find elsewhere, is step-by-step, screenshot-based instructions for configuring Remoting for any imaginable scenario. You’ll also find troubleshooting tutorials and examples, and even information on how to explain Remoting to your corporate IT security team. It’s all the stuff that isn’t documented in PowerShell’s own help – and it’s completely free. You don’t even need to register to download the file! Related posts: Building a Desired State Configuration Pull Server […]

PowerShell Book Recommendations

I’m often asked, “which PowerShell book should I buy?” I’m obviously a little biased in some areas, because I’ve authored and co-authored books for specific purposes. But, setting that aside as much as possible, let me give it a try. These are all applicable to PowerShell v3. If You’re Looking for a Freebook PowerShell.org hosts a free pack of ebooks, which you can download from our newsletter sign-up page (there’s no actual sign-up required to download the books). There’s also a longer list of books, including free ones available elsewhere (which may require registration – we’ve tried to note when […]