Windows power shell guide for the curious beginners

All windows administrators who find difficulty in command writing and scripting process will find it very easy to work their way out using Microsoft Power shell. But when you start using this application at the initial stages, several unanswered questions might pop up.

So, here is a small guide for all those curious coders who want to explore the world of power shell.


Why choose power shell?

Administrative users who do not have access to an Active Directory environment, find it very hard and time consuming to add and delete multiple users, mailboxes and do other repetitive tasks without a proper script.

To overcome this problem and create a well written script which runs efficiently without unwanted syntax errors, power shell has been developed.

So, choosing power shell will allow you to understand the actual functionality of the whole scripting system in an easier manner.

Power shell is a programming language which is highly flexible and simple to learn. With this application enabled, you can finish your tedious scripting and editing tasks within a span of a few hours and breathe calmly.

How should you approach power shell?

Power shell works just like command prompt and hence has to be approached similarly. If you try to handle it like your other scripting languages, you may really not get a hang of it.

So you have to begin using this application by typing power shell in your run box or by clicking twice on your. ps1 file. Once you have done it you can derive the needed commands using the cmdlets, which are self contained scripts.

Do commands really work?

Yes, they do. Power shell integrates various cmdlets through an option called command pipelining and lets the coder combine different commands.

These commands are nothing but directions for your computer to open a particular service that you have asked for. These instructions may be related to accessing the date, time, format-list, year etc for beginners.

If you do not want to use a particular command immediately and want to save it for future use, you can choose the variables option. This option is also effective in storing the end result of a list of commands, which you may want to refer to later on.


How does power shell help in scripting?

Scripts are text files with a. PS1 extension, which contain a series of commands that are written in separate lines. So, in case you want to run or execute any particular script, you just add the script name followed by the extension instead of completely deviating into the file’s path.

Another feature which helps in the smooth running of scripts is the breakpoint option. If your script contains bugs it will not work as intended. So, to attain it more valuable and functioning, you can insert breakpoints at the exact error locations. This process is also called debugging and is mostly done on individual lines.

These small guidelines are just right to scratch the initial base of Power shell. Once you are familiar with these, you can read through advanced features to become a Power shell Guru.

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