Powershell Tutorial #1 – Using Variables

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Powershell Tutorial #1 – Using Variables

Welcome to the first powershell tutorial on Think Tree IT. This will be a 5 part tutorial. By the end of it all, you will be able to comfortable use many commands and create your own scripts. For this first blog post, we will explain how Powershell variables work.

With PowerShell you can create named objects known as variables. Variable names can contain a underscore character, letters, and also numbers. When a variable is used in PowerShell, it is always specified using the $ character before the variable name.


Assigning a Value

Its best to think of a variable like a container that stores information. It can contain a number, a letter, and many other data types. We assign a value to a variable using equal symbol(=).

$Variable = 1

$Variable = 20.133

$Variable = $true

$Variable = "Hello there"

Output Variable

To output the stored value of a powershell variable, simply type out the variable. powershell variable

Combining Variables

You can add, subtract, divide, and many more actions with variables.


Powershell Variable Test

  1. Try creating 2 variables, name them anything you want, then divide them and display the results.
  2. Create 2 variables. Let the first variable contain the world “Hello” and the second variable “World”. Combine them together so the output is “Hello World”.
  3. Create a variable named $Computer with your computer name or IP Address. Then run “Test-Connection $Computer”


Question 1: Pretty straight-forward, I just divided 100 by 20 and printed the $Results of 5.

Question 2: Same as above, except I added ” ” to add a space between the 2 words.

Question 3: I introduced a CMDlet in this one. It’s a powershell alternative to running ping 192.168.x.x

Feel free to leave a comment below with any suggestions or questions.

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