Scenario Training?

Hey guys,

I’m brand new to PowerShell (The extent of my knowledge is how to spell it). Ok…joking. I’ve used it a little bit at my job and I’ve gone through all of the “Getting Started with PowerShell 3.0 Jump Start” videos with Jason Helmick and Jeffry Snover.

For linux, there’s a step by step DIY tutorial called the linux zoo ( I’m wondering if there’s anything similar where it throws me into a shell and get’s me to try/troubleshoot/create different things. That’s how I learn, by doing. There’s not much at my job in terms of a test environment so I was wondering if there was an alternative out there to say…creating a vm and throwing exchange on it etc…



You could look at “Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches,” which includes labs. There’s a lot of non-discoverable complexity in PowerShell that really needs explaining before you just jump into production tasks. It’s more complex than traditional shells, but if you skip that stuff it’s easy to go wrong.

I’ve found the 2nd edition of PowerShell in Depth also invaluable. There’s an excellent chapter about working with objects in Part 1, I strongly recommend it too!

In the past several years there has been a series of books published by Manning Publications, The best reference book is Bruce Payette’s PowerShell in Action, 2nd edition. A number of lunch series are available including Learning PowerShell in Month of Lunches by Don Jones and Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches by Don Jones and Jeff Hicks. In addition there is PowerShell in Practice and Powershell in Depth as mentioned by Istvan also available from Manning. I suggest that you get on the mailing list for Manning as they offer daily deals which can give you up to 50% savings.

Welcome to the wonderful world of PowerShell. Version 5.0 is available in CTP and promises some new and exciting things. PowerShell with Desired State Configuration (DSC) and PowerShell Web Access are also exciting new additions with PowerShell 4.0

Wow, thanks guys! A lot of useful info here.I started reading your book Don. I think the labs will really help.

Thanks again,


You might also want to take a look at the free Technet Virtual Labs :
They’re a good way to get started.

Wow! I didn’t even know about those. Thanks Bjorn!

I didn’t know about those either. I just fired up the DSC lab, but in the first 2 minutes, I can see that it’s based on an early preview version of WMF 4.0, which is unfortunate. It’s still using folders named “PSProviders” instead of “DSCResources” inside of modules, for instance, which won’t work if you try that in production.

For DSC, stick with Steve Murawski’s blog posts and the free DSC book available here. (I’ve heard that a new Microsoft Virtual Academy video on DSC is also going to be released sometime soon.)