In case you hadn’t noticed already, there are many people who are ready, eager and waiting to help you with your next PowerShell problem. The list of PowerShell enthusiasts is long and growing steadily, and they’re responsiveness to questions is incredible. So responsive in fact that it seems like there is a competition to see who can answer questions first!
Leverage that community!
If you have questions, post them somewhere. If you have scripts that you can’t quite work out, share them and get the community to help. If you think you can work it out but just want a few pointers, search the community and find if the answers you seek have already been posted somewhere. There’s really no reason to wait. If you’re stumped, ask for help and you’ll get it.
Here’s an updated (thanks to Hal for pointing out some important ones that I missed) list of just a few places you can go if you have questions:
- PowerShell Newsgroup – a very active newsgroup for discussions about anything related to PowerShell
- PowerGUI Community – the place to go to share PowerGUI PowerPacks or to ask questions about PowerGUI and Quest AD cmdlets
- PowerShell Community – a non-profit PowerShell Community site with forums for anything related to PowerShell, a script repository, and much more
- PowerShell Blog Search – a custom Google search of many PowerShell blogs; created and maintained by Brandon Shell (PowerShell MVP)
- The PowerScripting Podcast – a semi-weekly podcast about everything PowerShell; Jonathan Walz and Hal Rottenburg are the hosts, and this is a great source of current PowerShell information, interviews, tips and tricks, etc.
- PowerShell IRC channel (#PowerShell on irc.freenode.net) – an IRC chat room with many PowerShell savvy people hanging out, discussing PowerShell, ready to answer your questions right then and there.
If you’re looking for help on PowerShell, please use the community. You’ll be thankful you did!