In reading over Windows guru Brien Posey's recent article "Preparing for the Next Wave of Microsoft Certification Exams," I was reminded of how much administrative capability Microsoft has built into PowerShell. This is the company's top-of-the-lne command language, using which it has also created thousands of so-called "cmdlets" for administrators to use with Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, and platforms such as Exchange, SharePoint, Lync Server, and so forth.
That explains why Posey has this to say in his story: "...one of the big areas that you can expect to be covered on almost all of the Microsoft certification exams is PowerShell." He also goes on to observe that "When you also consider that Microsoft has created thousands of new PowerShell cmdlets, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the exams will probably be very PowerShell heavy. Of course this doesn’t just apply to Windows Server 2012. All of the new Microsoft server products can be managed through PowerShell."
Given this tip on a new technology to master to help prepare candidates for the current crop of MS certifications, I wanted to offer pointers to come good PowerShell books as well:
To find more good book candidates for this topic area, please run this Amazon search, which plumbs the subject matter and ranks books by their average customer reviews. There's a wealth of great stuff here, so now that you know you need to dig into PowerShell to prepare for most of the new MCSE and MCSA exams from Microsoft, why not avail yourself of one or more of these references?