New Skills

New Training: Working with the OS in PowerShell

by Team Nuggets
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Published on March 2, 2021

In this 6-video skill, CBT Nuggets trainer Knox Hutchinson teaches you how to interact with your computer by using PowerShell. Learn how to navigate the file system, create and remove files and directories, work with PSDrives, and more. Watch this new Server training.

Watch the full course: Programming Foundations with PowerShell 7

This training includes:

  • 6 videos

  • 40 minutes of training

You’ll learn these topics in this skill:

  • Working with Your Computer

  • Navigating the File System

  • Working with Files and Directories

  • Working with Environment Variables

  • Digging Deep with CIM

  • Summarizing OS Automation

FAT vs. FAT32 vs NTFS File Systems

Often, when users are new to creating and partitioning Windows drives, they will find they are asked to select between FAT, FAT32, and NTFS for the file structure. Often users select the recommended NTFS; however, they are unclear why this may be the best choice. To address the differences in FAT, FAT32 and NTFS, it's important to understand where each came from.

FAT and FAT32 are file structures that have been around a long time with the Windows operating system. FAT was a very popular disk formatting architecture around the time of the original MS-DOS, however, it got replaced by FAT32 when addressing needed to move from 16bit to 32 bit. Along the way, FAT gained a reputation for losing files, exhibiting poor performance, and other challenges. Fast forward to modern times, NTFS is a security-first file architecture designed with built-in security features, supports 64-bit architecture, and provides higher reliability due to the inherent redundancy built into NTFS.

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