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The PowerShell Conference Book

About the Book

This book is designed to be like a conference in a book where each chapter is written by a different author who is a subject matter expert on the topic covered in their chapter. Each chapter is also independent of the others so you can read one chapter, ten chapters, or all of them. You can start with the first chapter, the last one, or somewhere in-between and not miss out on anything related to that particular topic. This book is written for the intermediate to advanced audience. Prior experience with PowerShell is highly recommended.

All (100%) of the royalties from this book are donated to the OnRamp scholarship program. More information about the OnRamp track at the PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit and their scholarship program can be found on the website.

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About the Editors

Mike F. Robbins
Mike F. Robbins

Mike F. Robbins, a former Microsoft MVP, is the lead technical writer for Azure PowerShell at Microsoft. With extensive experience in PowerShell, he is a scripting, automation, and efficiency expert. As a lifelong learner, Mike continuously strives to improve his skills and empower others by sharing his knowledge and experience. He is also a published author, having written several books, including:

- Author of PowerShell 101: The No-Nonsense Guide to Windows PowerShell

- Creator of The PowerShell Conference Book

- Co-author of Windows PowerShell TFM 4th Edition

- Contributing author in the PowerShell Deep Dives book

When Mike's not writing documentation for Microsoft, he can be found sharing his thoughts and insights on his blog at and interacting with his followers on Twitter @mikefrobbins.

Mikey Lombardi
Mikey Lombardi

Mikey Lombardi spends his working hours documenting, mentoring, and working to continuously improve processes and tooling.

When not busy with day job or technical community commitments, Mikey writes and works in game design, primarily focused on narrative wargames and adventures. You can find his work here on LeanPub and wherever quality games are sold.

Jeff Hicks
Jeff Hicks

Jeffery Hicks is an IT veteran with almost 35 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT infrastructure consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis on automation and efficiency. He is a multi-year recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award. He works today as an independent author, teacher, and consultant. You can keep up with Jeff at

The DevOps Collective, Inc.
The DevOps Collective, Inc.

The DevOps Collective, Inc. is a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to changing the way the industry thinks about DevOps. All proceeds from our ebook sales benefit the organization directly. Although all books are published by DevOps Collective, they have been authored by numerous community contributors. Please see each book's "About This Book" page for author credits.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Contributors
  • How to Use This Book
  • Acknowledgements
  • Disclaimer
  • Part 1 - PowerShell Scripting
  • PowerShell: Why it Exists and What Patterns it Likes
  • Writing Secure and Sterile Code
  • Increasing PowerShell Performance
  • A Lap Around .NET
  • Parameter Binding Demystified
  • Extending PowerShell with TypeData Programming
  • Meta-Programming with PowerShell
  • Using Concurrent Objects for Simpler Multi-Threading and Queue-Based Processing
  • Triaging Legacy Scripts
  • Part 2 - PowerShell in Practice
  • Finding Performance Bottlenecks with PowerShell
  • PowerShell + Excel = Better Together
  • Handling Statistical Data with VMware PowerCLI
  • PowerShell as an Enterprise Network Tool
  • A Crash Course in Just Enough Administration
  • A Least Privilege Model Implementation Using Windows PowerShell
  • Parsing System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Client Logs with Dynamic Parameters
  • The Profile Script: All Things All Places
  • Rethinking PowerShell GUIs
  • Part 3 - PowerShell and DevOps
  • PowerShell as a Gateway to DevOps
  • Scaffolding PowerShell Projects and More with Plaster
  • Using VSTS for PowerShell Module Development
  • Writing Custom PSScriptAnalyzer Rules
  • Mastering PowerShell Testing with Pester
  • How We Made Configurable Pester Tests for SQL Server
  • Infrastructure Validation Using Pester
  • Automating Active Directory Health Checks
  • Part 4 - PowerShell and CloudOps
  • Save Money with Azure Automation
  • PowerShell in Azure Functions
  • PowerShell Classes for a Better REST Experience
  • Building Secure RESTful Endpoints with PowerShell
  • PowerShell Core Web Cmdlets Internals
  • Installing, Configuring and Troubleshooting OpenSSH Based PowerShell Remoting
  • Authoring PowerShell Providers with SHiPS
  • Afterword

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DevOps Collective Scholarships

Support IT education scholarships by giving to The DevOps Collective, Inc.

The DevOps Collective’s OnRamp scholarships help younger technology professionals, many from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds, learn about IT automation, DevOps practices, and more - all at no cost to them or their families. We’re changing one life at a time and helping to ensure the continuation and advancement of our trade!

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