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We’re extremely fortunate to be able to offer a set of free e-books related to key PowerShell topics. Authored by community experts and curated by members of the community, these are updated pretty regularly – so it’s worth checking back for new editions every few months. If you get the TechLetter, we’ll notify you when new editions are posted.

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  • Why PowerShell?

    Is the boss still asking this question, or asking why Remoting is enabled? This short ebook offers some concise reasons. By Warren Frame, with contributions from Don Jones.

  • Secrets of PowerShell Remoting

    Everything you need to know about Remoting, including how to talk to your security folks about it, how to configure nearly every possible situation (with screen shots!), and more. By Don Jones, with Dr. Tobias Weltner and Dave Wyatt, with contributions by Aleksandar Nikolic and other community members.

  • Creating HTML Reports in PowerShell

    Learn to properly use ConvertTo-HTML to produce multi-section, well-formed HTML reports – but then go further with a custom EnhancedHTML module! Produce beautiful, color-coded, dynamic, multi-section reports easily and quickly. By Don Jones.

  • Windows PowerShell Networking Guide

    A guide to managing networking in Windows by using Windows PowerShell. Written by Microsoft’s “The Scripting Guy,” Ed Wilson.

  • The Big Book of PowerShell Gotchas

    An ongoing project that concisely documents and solves the most common “speed bumps” people (both newcomers and experienced pros) run into.

  • Ditch Excel: Historical and Trend Reports with PowerShell and SQL Server

    Ditch Excel! Stop fumbling with cumbersome spreadsheets! Learn to use a custom DataTools module to store trend information in a SQL Server Express database, and then use SQL Server Reporting Services to create amazing reports – even schedule them to run and e-mail automatically. All using free components! By Don Jones.

  • The Community Book of PowerShell Practices

    Replaced by the PowerShell Style and Practices Guide, hosted elsewhere.

  • The Big Book of PowerShell Error Handling

    This book covers every way to trap errors, capture errors, and more. It even documents the class names of common exceptions! By Dave Wyatt.

  • The DSC Book

    Currently in an early draft, this book covers everything you need to know about Desired State Configuration, including pull servers, writing configurations, and custom resource development. By Don Jones and Steve Murawski, with contributions from Stephen Owen.

  • Introduction to PowerShell for Unix People

    A *nix-centric look at PowerShell, designed to help get you jumpstarted. By Matt Penny.