On the heels of his PowerShell 4 Foundations course being released, we reached out to Garth Schulte to get the scoop on the 22-video course that dives into managing Windows environments with PowerShell. Topics that Garth covers with his training include extending the shell, workflows, scripting, and more. Here’s what Garth had to say, plus his advice about how to get the most out of his training!
Q: Why should companies train their IT professionals in this technology? What value does it bring? PowerShell is huge! It’s quickly becoming the most desired skill set employers are looking for in IT professionals as it brings so much value to teams in terms of efficiency through infrastructure management and automation. Plus, Microsoft has been baking PowerShell into everything, operating systems, server software, client software, the cloud, and even their certification exams.
Q: From a student-perspective, what did you keep in mind when creating this course? Creating a course with a good balance of concept and demonstration. Learning the concepts, followed by seeing them in action on a real network, gives students a balanced learning experience.
Q: Any out-of-the-box tips for students to get the most out of your course? Use the virtual NuggetLab (look to the right of the course page) we provide to play on the same network used in the course with no worries about setting up or messing up your (or your employer’s!) environments.
Q: What’s one real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course? You’ll walk away from this course feeling like superman/woman, with the power to perform common administrative tasks with very little effort, and without ever leaving your workstation.
Q: What was your favorite Nugget to create? Both of the Desired State Configuration Nuggets (videos 20 & 21). This incredible technology is already blowing the lid off of configuration management, and it was a blast to show how it all works!
Q: What’s the ONE thing you hope learners take away from this training? I hope they see how serious Microsoft is about making PowerShell the only tool you’ll need to manage and automate EVERYTHING in your environments, and how incredibly easy it is learn. You don’t need be a programming wizard to master PowerShell, but you’ll certainly feel like a wizard once you have.