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  • Hi All,

    I'm a beginner to SCCM and Script. I'm eagerly interested to learn SCCM and Script. I've already started to learn SCCM via online courses and from Colleagues. Meanwhile I'd like to know the best way to learn these things. Please suggest to your junior to become an expertise like you all in this Profession.

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 1:12 PM

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  • Hi,

    There are good resources for getting started with PowerShell here:

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/scriptcenter/dd742419.aspx

    If you're going to learn scripting, make sure you focus on PowerShell first and don't waste your time with VBScript or batch.

    Here is a link to my favorite command reference, which usually contains good examples:

    http://ss64.com/ps/

    You can also find more information here:

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh847741(v=wps.630).aspx

    Make sure that you're running and learning the latest version of PowerShell (currently v4, v5 will be released shortly and is already live on Win10 [I think]). Sometimes it's handy to know about older v1/v2 methods of doing things, but you can save that for later learning opportunities. When you search the internet for blog posts on how to do something, make sure you look at the post date. Try to use newer material when you're learning to make sure you don't pick up on older and outdated methods that are actually bad things to do now.

    There are plenty of scripts in the repository as well, which you can look over as examples and use as starting points for building your own scripts:

    https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter

    I recommend lurking here and in the PowerShell forum. Simply reading threads over the course of a few months will get you familiarized with many different ideas and concepts. Once you're comfortable with the basics, you can then start trying to answer beginner level questions that are asked. You'll find that the PowerShell forum I've linked to above generally has simpler questions and is a better forum for beginners. The questions that are asked here are often more complex and will involve other scripting languages that you shouldn't waste your time on.

    Lastly, make sure that you're open to suggestion and criticism along the way. Sometimes people forget that text on the intarwebs does not have any tone and take offense at things that are never intended to be offensive.

    Welcome to the scripting world, and good luck with your journey.


    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 2:40 PM
  • I struggled with PowerShell initially.  The training that FINALLY got me understanding it is here:

    https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/en-us/training-courses/getting-started-with-powershell-3-0-jump-start-8276

    It's a very nice pace - and the presenters really know how to teach.  Repeat the commands as they do them (preferably on a VM!), and if you don't get it, go through that video again. 

    I also managed to solidify those fundamentals with a book called PowerShell in a Month of Lunches.  An even slower pace than the videos (and hey, that's not a bad thing when you're picking up something brand new) and some excellent examples in there too.

    Thursday, September 3, 2015 5:29 AM