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Practical Automation with PowerShell

Matthew Dowst
  • MEAP began June 2021
  • Publication in Spring 2022 (estimated)
  • ISBN 9781617299551
  • 325 pages (estimated)
  • printed in black & white
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The book we needed to improve our work and sleep peacefully!

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Take PowerShell beyond simple scripts and build time-saving automations for your team, your users, and the world.

In Practical Automation with PowerShell you will learn how to:

  • Build PowerShell functions to automate common and complex tasks
  • Create smart automations that are adaptable to new challenges
  • Structure your code for sharing and reusability
  • Store and secure your automations
  • Execute automations with Azure Automation, Azure Functions, and Jenkins
  • Share your automations with your team and non-technical colleagues
  • Store and retrieve data, credentials, and variables
  • Use source control solutions to maintain and test code changes
  • Provide front-end UI solutions for PowerShell automations

Practical Automation in PowerShell reveals how you can use PowerShell to build automation solutions for a huge number of common admin and DevOps tasks. It takes you beyond scripting basics and shows you how to handle the unforeseen complexities that can keep automations from becoming reusable and resilient. You’ll discover tools and platforms that let you share your automations with your team and even roll them out to non-technical users through easy-to-understand Sharepoint frontends.

about the technology

Most repetitive tasks you face as an administrator or DevOps engineer can be automated using PowerShell. Mastering the basics of this powerful language, along with some best practices for saving and sharing your automations, can radically improve the consistency and efficiency of your work.

about the book

Practical Automation with PowerShell teaches you how to build, organize, and share useful automations with PowerShell. You’ll start with development skills you might not have learned as a sysadmin, including techniques to help you structure and manage your code, and common pitfalls to avoid. You’ll quickly progress to essential factors for sharable automations, such as securely storing information, connecting to remote machines, and creating automations that can adapt to different use cases. Finally, you’ll take your automations out into the world. You’ll learn how to share them with your team or end users, and build front ends that allow non-technical people to run them at the touch of a button.

about the reader

For sysadmin and IT professionals who manage backend systems and use PowerShell on a daily basis.

about the author

Matthew Dowst has over 15 years of experience in IT management and consulting. For the past five years, he has worked as a Lead Architect of Managed Automations Solutions, developing new automations for enterprise customers.

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Not only tells you what to do, but also what not to.

Sander Zegveld

A really great accessory to general Powershell tutorials.

Alice Chang