Powershell and general concepts

With the introduction of server 2012 came a sort of new
technology called powershell which requires people to lean a DOS like language to
operate a server. The benefits of this technology are huge in terms of efficiency.
You can now install the server operating system without all the weight that is
caused by a gui, this version is called server core and in terms of processing efficiency
its amazing. However for most people its difficult to learn because it’s a basically
a completely new language and you have to actually learn it, you cant just drag
and drop or click your way through a gui. Its kind of like that hot mysterious
girl in the corner that you know has all sorts of stuff to say but you have no
idea how to talk to her,  at least to me.
There are a lot of complaints about the learning curve however I kind of enjoy
it. That said I am im that guy that spends his free time learning about art
history and reading enlightenment philosophy. This is also for me kind of like
spending time getting to know a girl without regards to whether or not I get
sleep with her. Sorry for being crass but I don’t really know how else to
describe this besides from the perspective of a dude that’s spent ample amounts
of time in bars being a person drunk guy that was interested in learning about
other people’s lives. I did recently acquired a book called powershell deep
dives that should be somewhat helpful in learning about this stuff.

I first learned about how difficult the server 2012 exams
where after attending a class at a book camp called CED solutions that I attended
in 2008. Thank goodness I still had some credit with them, I had thought about
attending this class earlier in the software cycle but I had heard that they
were bankrupt so I just assumed they wouldn’t be able to refund or recirculate
the money that I spend in 2008 where I had hoped to get an an Enterprise Admin
cert but dropped out earlier because the material was over my head and I was
content with the MCITP level of certification.
I also acquired a book called MCSA Windows Server 2012 Complete Study
Guide. A 1kish paged book that’s become something like a bible to me.  So now that’s out the way I have a posted note
of sorts posted on the monitor with ideas for posts that involve layering
information from several sources in order to obtain a more clear picture of specific
types of technology. I found that simply using one resource or knowledge bank
is not enough to get a clear enough picture of something to be able to describe
it with any sort of fluidity. Powershell obviously being one of these
technologies however I haven’t quite decided how ill write about it given that Microsoft
is no longer giving out softwear with their training materials so screen shots
are mostly out unless I start doing there labs which have a time limit so anything
overly complicated like building a large AD users base and showing how
powershell can add a data to a field for each user in an OU is out. This is an
awesome feature of powershell that actually saves time over using the gui. If you
used the gui to do something like this it would be take forever.  

The start of something

At this point I have no qualifications to speak of that
would speak to my ability to function as a technical writer.  However as a person that is seeking to renew
my Microsoft technical certifications I can speak to the experiences of a
person that studied to obtain MCIPT Enterprise Desktop Administrator
certifications with minimal previous experience with being an actual desktop
admin.  I obtained my certifications in
2008 then promptly took a position that had very little to do with actually
supporting a desktop computer and more to do with implementing processes/designing
applications/providing reporting in order to help grow a new business for a
large corporation. While this was certainly a thrilling opportunity it provided
little practical experience in working with servers and desktop in a administrative
fashion.  So the reality of this journey
is that I’m basically starting almost from scratch, well with the knowledge I gained
approximately 8 years ago.  While I could
complain about the increase in difficulty of the newer exams combined with the
fact that I’m not exactly fresh with my IT skills I actually appreciate what
Microsoft does with these exams.  I do think
it is important for a community to get together every few years and refresh their
abilities by coming out of their respective hobbit holes and being forced to
interact with the world outside of their day to day lives.  Computing has and always will be about a continual
sense of evolution, a dedication to self-improvement and a dedication to lifelong
studying as a result of the previous equation’s concerning defining what
technology is. Thus I think in spite of the fact that our respective exams and
material as grown immensely in degrees of difficulty I think its good for everyone
to stretch themselves and break free from comfort zones. Every field should be
so lucky as to get challenged to breakout of their robotic day to day operations
to  get to discover how their field has
grown by leaps and bounds.

So with this blog I’m planning to describe technologies as I’m
learning them in hopes it will prepare me not only to pass a test but to become
a more fluent operator/appreciator of modern technology products. At this point
I am not employed and I haven’t been employed for quite a while, at least in
the field of technology. I’m hoping to eventually get back into the field but
even if I don’t quite make it back into the field the journey is still worth it
to this humble student.

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