I was wondering if people have a general list of scripting resources for Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2.

I've been able to hash scripts together to get them to work for what I need but I want to learn more about it.

I'd appreciate any good online resources or book recommendations for a novice/beginner. I'm interested in VB and PowerShell mostly as I've ran and made batch files for years.

Thanks in advance!
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There'a a sticky here with some VBScript resources in there:
http://itninja.com/question/installshield-wrapped-msi-package-(myob)---newbie50

and there are lots of Powershell resources out there too - Google brings back a whole host of them:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=23407
http://powershell.com/cs/blogs/ebook/

etc etc.... Though I must admit, I've been writing VBScripts, VB/C#.Net for a while, and Powershell still takes some getting used to.....[:)]
Answered 07/01/2011 by: captain_planet
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Thanks Cap!

I was looking more for a "oh yeah this book/online link is the best resource ever". I have some Google books/links saved and was going through them, but I figured I'd ask the experts :)

So if Powershell is such a hog, would my time be better spent learning and getting familiar with VB first? Or as we're moving to Windows 7 in less than 6 months, should Powershell be my focus?

Thanks for the info!
Answered 07/01/2011 by: grch
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I was also looking for a resource for this issue.
Answered 07/01/2011 by: etravers
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should Powershell be my focus?

From a Windows Installer perspective, it doesn't currently support native powershell scripts. I mean, we can do a registry search on the Powershell ProgId to find it's exe location, and then pass in the powershell script as a parameter I guess. But Windows Installer does support native VBScripts , which is why I still use VBScripts much more than Powershell at the moment.

However, from what I see, Poweshell and cmdlets are going to be the future of administrative scripting tasks so I'd certainly spend a couple of days knocking up some example scripts and understanding how they work. Not sure how easy it'll be to pick up if you've not done any coding/scripting before, because Powershell's based on .Net.....
Answered 07/04/2011 by: captain_planet
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