Links to Powershell Websites, Utilities and Books

Download PowerShell:

PowerShell 1.0 - Windows Server 2008, has PowerShell 1.0 as an installable option.
PowerShell 2.0 - WinXP 32 - Vista 32, Vista x64 - Server 2003 32, Server 2003 x64 - Server 2008 32, Server 2008 x64
In Windows 7, you already have PowerShell 2.0 as an installable option.
PowerShell 2.0 Software Development Kit (SDK)
PowerShell 3.0 (WMF 3.0) - for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 SP2 / 2008 R2 SP1, (Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 include PowerShell 3.0.)
PowerShell 4.0 (WMF 4.0) - for Windows 7 (SP1), Server 2008 R2 SP1, Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 7 (Windows 8.1 includes PowerShell 4.0) see blog post for compatibility.
Active Directory Management Gateway (Web Service) - for Windows 2003 and 2008 (release notes)
PowerShell Pack - write GUI user interfaces in PowerShell

Additional Cmdlets:

Active Directory cmdlets (Import-Module ActiveDirectory)
DNS Server Cmdlets (Import-Module DnsServer)
Exchange 2010 cmdlets
Print Management Cmdlets (Import-Module PrintManagement) Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2
Server Manager Cmdlets (Import-Module Servermanager) - Add/Remove Windows Features.
SQL Server 2008 (Import-Module "sqlps" -DisableNameChecking) Extensions for SQL 2008 R2
Third party:
Carbon - A DevOps PowerShell module for automating the configuration of Windows
Quest/Dell - AD cmdlets
PowerShell Community Extensions - Additional cmdlets, providers, aliases, filters, functions and scripts

Scripts and examples:

Script Repository - From the Microsoft Script centre
PowerShell 3.0 quick reference guide - Microsoft
PowerShell Style Guide - by Don Jones, Matt Penny, Carlos Perez, Joel Bennett and the PowerShell Community.
Command Line Kung Fu - PowerShell, CMD and Bash scripting examples
Getting Started Guide - MSDN
ServerFault - powershell Q&A
Rob van der Woude - Powershell example scripts


PowerShell Blog - PowerShell team
Active Directory Powershell Blog - MSDN
The PowerShell Guy - Kirk Munro
FP Schultze - PowerShell blog
PoshoHolic - PowerShell blog
Dmitry Sotnikov - Dmitry Sotnikov
Otto Helweg - Management & Instrumentation
Keith Hill - Keith Hill

Search Microsoft Knowledge base

Recommended Books.

cookbook Windows PowerShell 2.0 Cookbook or Windows PowerShell 3.0 Cookbook
by Lee Holmes, (one of the PowerShell team developers) - Hundreds of tested scripts that you can use right away to get Microsoft's new tool working for you. Also checkout Lee's blog which has more handy tips.

powershell in action Windows PowerShell in Action
by Bruce Payette, one of the founding members of the Windows PowerShell team, co-designer of the PowerShell language.
As several Amazon reviewers say "don't get this as your first PowerShell book" but it is the definitive how and why reference for everything PowerShell.

8 page quick reference PDF (cheat sheet) by Bruce Payette - free but requires registration

Windows PowerShell course book
by Frank Koch
- A free Windows PowerShell booklet available for download, translated from German.

Powershell Software

Console 2 - Windows console emulator for CMD and/or PowerShell (review)
ConEmu-Maximus5 - Windows console emulator for CMD and/or PowerShell (review)
PowerShell Plus - IDE + script library (free)
PrimalTools - A free GUI form builder for PowerShell (XML).
Admin Script Editor - Add GUI forms to PowerShell (45 day trial)
Powershell WMI Explorer - The PowerShell guy - Addons including the free PowerGUI editor
Wasp - A PowerShell snapin for Windows Automation - select windows and send mouse/keyboard events.


Windows cmd utilities & Books can be found on the Windows Links page
Usenet group-
TechNet forum - WinServerPowerShell
SS64 - PowerShell Discussion Forum

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