Links to Powershell Websites, Utilities and Books

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For Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 updates to PowerShell are provided via Windows Update (Anniversary Edition+).

PowerShell versions and OS compatibility:

PowerShell Version Windows 7 /
2008 R2 Sp1
Windows8 / 2012 Windows8.1 / 2012 R2 Windows 10 / 2016 Windows Nano / IOT Linux / OSX
PowerShell 6.0 Not Supported Not Supported Supported Supported Supported Supported
Core Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported DEFAULT  
PowerShell 5.0 / 5.1 Supported Supported Supported DEFAULT    
PowerShell 4.0 Supported Not Supported DEFAULT      
PowerShell 3.0 Supported DEFAULT        
PowerShell 2.0

Although all the older versions are still supported, you may still wish to upgrade to get all the latest features and cmdlets. I recommend using at least v5.0. Not all cmdlets will be available on all OS's if they relate to a Windows feature which does not exist on that OS.

Additional Cmdlets:

Active Directory cmdlets (Import-Module ActiveDirectory)
Exchange 2016 cmdlets (Exchange Management Shell)
Print Management Cmdlets (Import-Module PrintManagement) Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2
Server Manager Cmdlets (Import-Module Servermanager) - Add/Remove Windows Features.
Server Backup Cmdlets (add-pssnapin windows.serverbackup)
SQL Server 2016 (Import-Module SqlServer)

Third party Cmdlets:

Carbon - A DevOps PowerShell module for automating the configuration of Windows.
PowerShell Community Extensions - Additional cmdlets, providers, aliases, filters, functions and scripts.
PSAlphaFS - Support file paths longer than 256 characters.
PS1C - a simple Zipfile Reader.

Scripts and examples:

PowerShell Documentation -
Getting Started with PowerShell 6.0 -

PowerShellGallery - PowerShell Modules and scripts authored by Microsoft, and the community.
TechNet Script Gallery - Sample VBS and PowerShell scripts authored by Microsoft, and the community. - Tips from Idera.
Aaron Locker - PowerShell scripts that automate AppLocker Application Whitelisting (GitHub).
PowerShell Style Guide - by Don Jones, Matt Penny, Carlos Perez, Joel Bennett and the PowerShell Community.
ServerFault - PowerShell Q&A.
Rob van der Woude - PowerShell example scripts.
PowerShell 3.0 quick reference guide - PDF Microsoft


PowerShell Blog - PowerShell team.
Active Directory PowerShell Blog - MSDN.
Adam the Automator - PowerShell tutorials and more.
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.

Learn Powershell in a month of lunches Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches
by Dom Jones and Jeffery Hicks Move systematically through the techniques and features of PowerShell.

cookbook 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. Sample scripts

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.

Dzone 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)
Chocolatey - A Package Manager - like an apt-get for Windows.
PowerShell Plus - IDE + script library (free).
PowerShell Studio - SAPIEN scripting and tool-making environment.
PSScriptAnalyzer - Provides script analysis and checks for potential code defects.
Wasp - A PowerShell snapin for GUI Window 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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