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About this Book


Most of what you’ll need to know about this book is covered in chapter 1, but there are a few things that we should mention up front.

First of all, if you plan to follow along with my examples and complete the hands-on exercises, you’ll need a virtual machine or computer running Windows Server 2008 R2. I cover that in more detail in chapter 1.

Second, be prepared to read this book from start to finish, covering each chapter in order. Again, this is something I’ll explain in more detail in chapter 1, but the idea is that each chapter introduces a few new things that you will need in subsequent chapters.

Third, this book contains a lot of code snippets. Most of them are quite short, so you should be able to type them quite easily. In fact, I recommend that you do type them, since doing so will help reinforce an essential PowerShell skill: accurate typing! Longer code snippets are given in listings and are available for download at http://MoreLunches.com or from the publisher’s website at www.manning.com/LearnWindowsPowerShellinaMonthofLunches.

That said, there are a few conventions that you should be aware of. Code will always appear in a special font, just like this example:

Get-WmiObject –class Win32_OperatingSystem –computerName SERVER-R2

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