Course info
May 8, 2017
1h 46m

You've decided to take the leap and begin learning PowerShell, but you don't know where to begin or what to do first. In this course, Your First Day with PowerShell, you'll learn the fundamental knowledge of Powershell and how to utilize the program efficiently. First, you'll explore the critical skill of how to use the Powershell help system. Next, you'll discover how to use commands and be introduced to aliases, cmdlets, providers, and psdrives. Finally, you'll learn how to configure, navigate, and get the most out of the different PowerShell consoles. By the end of this course, you'll develop an understanding of the fundamental knowledge to efficiently utilize Powershell.

About the author
About the author

Jeffery Hicks is a Microsoft MVP in Windows PowerShell and an IT veteran with many years of experience, much of it spent as an IT consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis in automation and efficiency.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Jeff Hicks and I want to welcome you to my new course, Your First Day with PowerShell. I'm a long time PowerShell teacher, author and speaker. You've probably seen one or more of my Pluralsight courses, have a copy of a book I've written or maybe you've sat in on one of my many conference sessions I've done over the years. I've covered a lot of PowerShell topics often assuming the audience has some previous experience. That's not the case with my latest work. In this course I'm assuming you've never opened up a PowerShell prompt and have no idea of what to do first. My goal is to be your guide during your first day with PowerShell. During your first day the most important skill is knowing how to use the help system. So we'll spend some time going over all the details you need to know. Of course you want to know how to run commands. Or for that matter, figure out what you can run. Got you covered there as well. I'll introduce you to the PowerShell consoles and give you some customization tips and try to demystify the entire process. Along the way you'll get a quick intro into aliases, cmdlets, providers, psdrives and a bit more. By the end of this course I hope you'll be comfortable enough to get around the shell and have some basic skills so that you can continue learning and using PowerShell on your own. I also want you to realize that using and learning PowerShell doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, it should be fun. I hope you'll let me guide you on your first day with PowerShell, my latest course at Pluralsight.

What's Next?
Hello and welcome back to your first day with PowerShell. It's late afternoon, and before we go, we need to take a look and see what's next. So your first day is over, and I hope the main takeaway for you is that PowerShell is not a scary thing. I'm trusting you've spent some time with PowerShell. You've looked at help. You've tried some different things, and you realize, you know what, I can do this. This is really not that difficult. You just need to take some time and give yourself the room to experiment and to try things out. The big thing is I want you to know how to use help. That's probably the number-one skill you need to get from your first day. Know how to update help, how to read the help, how to look at the examples, how to get help online. 'Cause once you know how to find help, you can teach yourself. I also hope by now, after the first day, you know how to run some basic commands. You know how to find commands. Again, look at help for those commands. Now, we haven't really done much in terms of stringing commands together to pipeline, and that's fine. It's your first day. All I want you to know is verb, noun, naming convention and understand how to run a command and what commands you can run, both non-PowerShell and PowerShell, and what it looks like when you run a command. And of course you need to know how to get around, how you navigate. How do you change directories? How do you go to a different PSDrive like the registry or the certificate store? It's important for you to understand how PowerShell is organized so that you can get the most out of it.