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The Powershell Challenge

indexI’ve been wanting to do more with Powershell (PoSh). I’ve seen Allen White present on it for years, and I’ve dabbled in various ways, using it to handle small tasks. However I haven’t really committed to learning a bunch of PoSh.

Last month I was with Grant Fritchey on the 2013 SQL in the City tour and in one of his sessions, he uses some Powershell to audit his SQL Server instance. I thought that was pretty cool, and it made me want to dig in further. At the end of his talk, he mentioned a book, and I decided to grab it.

It’s Learn Windows Powershell 3 in a Month of Lunches from Don Jones. The name alone made me want to grab it, and it has a catchy title.

My plan is to take time every day or two and read a chapter and work through exercises in the book. I really want to get more comfort in PoSh because I do believe in it and I think it’s a fantastic way to get things done. I don’t work at scale, but I suspect with a little practice I’ll be using PoSh more often for simple things and saving those scripts.

I’ll blog along the way and see how things are going. Once I get through, I expect that I’ll be digging into more with other articles and books that deal specifically with SQL Server.


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