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Formatting Data in PowerShell

by Matt Allford

PowerShell formats cmdlet output by default, but how does that work? How do you work with getting data out of PowerShell? This course will teach you the fundamentals of formatting data in PowerShell.

What you'll learn

There will come a time where you’ll want or need to leverage PowerShell to work with different formats of data. When you run cmdlets in the console, you don’t always get the data presented in the format you want. In this course, Formatting Data in PowerShell, you’ll learn how to manipulate and format data how you need, when you need it. First you’ll understand why and how PowerShell formats data by default when you aren't explicitly telling it what to do. Next, you'll work with the different format commands in PowerShell to understand the benefits of each format type, and learn how to explicitly define the format you want. Finally, you’ll learn how to get data out of PowerShell by leveraging the "out" cmdlets, whether that be to the screen, to a file, or to a printer! When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of PowerShell needed to work with data in PowerShell.

Course FAQ

What prerequisites are needed for this course?

Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with the PowerShell language, understand how to run and pipe commands, and also be comfortable with using PowerShell parameters. This course is a part of Pluralsight's PowerShell Fundamentals learning path, so if you need to brush up on some of those concepts, we've got you covered here in the Pluralsight library.

What is Powershell?

PowerShell is a task automation and configuration management framework from Microsoft, consisting of a command-line shell and the associated scripting language.

Why use PowerShell?

PowerShell combines command-line speed, the flexibility of scripting, and the power of a GUI-based admin tool. PowerShell is a powerful scripting tool that can greatly expedite your admin tasks. You should learn it because all the server products that Microsoft is producing now can be managed through PowerShell. If you haven't had a chance to learn how to use it, you might want to make time for it now.

What are cmdlets in Powershell?

A cmdlet is a lightweight command that is used in the PowerShell environment. The PowerShell runtime invokes these cmdlets within the context of automation scripts that are provided at the command line.

How do I check Powershell version?

Use $PSVersionTable.PSVersion to determine the engine version. If the variable does not exist, it is safe to assume the engine is version 1.0.

How hard is it to learn Powershell?

In order to learn Powershell well enough to get started it will take somewhere between 30–40 hours of study, practice and explanation. Learning Powershell is a constant process.

About the author

Matt is a DevOps engineer and solution architect with over 10 years of experience in systems administration, architecture and design, primarily in the on-premises data center. He has a new found passion for Cloud and DevOps processes, tools and techniques and enjoys helping customers and the community realize value from technology. Over the past several years Matt has experienced first-hand the power of the communities within the wider IT industry and enjoys learning from others and, where possi... more

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