Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell

Course Overviewremove_circle_outline

Learn how with Windows PowerShell 4.0, you can remotely manage multiple Windows based servers and automate day to day management and administration tasks.

This 5-day course is built on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 and while it is specifically focused on Windows PowerShell v4.0, is also relevant in v2.0 and v3.0 Windows PowerShell environments.

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to use Windows PowerShell 4.0 for administering and automating administration of Windows based servers. It focuses on primary Windows PowerShell command-line features and techniques, and will provide pre-requisite skills supporting a broad range of Microsoft products, including Windows Server, Windows Client, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, SQL Server, System Center, and more. In keeping with that goal, this course will not focus on any one of those products, although Windows Server (which is the common platform for all of those) will serve as the example for the techniques being taught.

In this course you will learn to execute and monitor scripts more efficiently through more robust session connectivity, workflow capabilities, enhanced job scheduling, and Windows PowerShell Web Access. Learn Windows PowerShell with greater ease through improved cmdlet discovery and simplified, consistent syntax across all cmdlets. Write Windows PowerShell scripts quicker and more intuitively through the new Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) that enables script sharing, which connects IT pros to a larger Windows PowerShell user community. Learn all this and more in this On Demand Microsoft Official Course in Windows PowerShell 4.0.

Target Audienceadd_circle_outline

This course is intended for IT Professionals already experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration or already experienced in administering and supporting Application servers and services including applications like Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL. It is broadly intended for students who want to use Windows PowerShell to automate administrative tasks from the command line, using any Microsoft or independent software vendor (ISV) product that supports Windows PowerShell manageability.

This course is not intended to be a scripting or programming course, and includes only basic coverage of scripting and programming topics. Students are not expected to have prior scripting or programming experience, and are not expected to have prior Windows PowerShell experience.

Upon Course Completionadd_circle_outline
  • After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the basic concepts behind Windows PowerShell
  • Work with the Pipeline
  • Understand How the Pipeline Works
  • Use PSProviders and PSDrives
  • Format Output
  • Use WMI and CIM
  • Prepare for Scripting
  • Moving From a Command to a Script to a Module
  • Administer Remote Computers
  • Put the various Windows PowerShell components together
  • Use Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs
  • Use Advanced PowerShell Techniques and Profiles
Course Outlineadd_circle_outline

Module 1: Getting Started with Windows PowerShell

  • Overview and Background
  • Finding and Learning Commands
  • Running Commands
  • Lab: Configuring Windows PowerShell
  • Lab: Finding and Running Basic Commands

Module 2: Working with the Pipeline

  • Understanding the Pipeline
  • Selecting, Sorting, and Measuring Objects
  • Converting, Exporting, and Importing Objects
  • Filtering Objects Out of the Pipeline
  • Enumerating Objects in the Pipeline
  • Lab: Using the Pipeline
  • Lab: Converting, Exporting, and Importing Objects
  • Lab: Filtering Objects
  • Lab: Enumerating Objects

Module 3: Understanding How the Pipeline Works

  • Passing Data in the Pipeline By Value
  • Passing Data in the Pipeline By Property Name
  • Lab: Working with Pipeline Parameter Binding

Module 4: Using PSProviders and PSDrive

  • Understanding PSProviders
  • Using PSDrives
  • Lab: Using PSProviders and PSDrives

Module 5: Formatting Output

  • Using Basic Formatting
  • Using Advanced Formatting
  • Redirecting Formatted Output
  • Lab: Formatting Output

Module 6: Querying Management Information by using WMI and CIM

  • Understanding WMI/CIM
  • Querying Data with WMI/CIM
  • Making Changes by using WMI/CIM
  • Lab: Working with WMI and CIM

Module 7: Preparing for Scripting

  • Using Variables
  • Scripting Security
  • Lab: Working with Security in Windows PowerShell

Module 8: Moving from a Command to Script to Module

  • Moving from Command to Script**
  • Moving from Script to Function to Module
  • Implementing Basic Error Handling
  • Using Basic Scripting Constructs
  • Exploring Other Scripting Features
  • Lab: Moving from Command to Script
  • Lab: Moving from Script to Function to Module
  • Lab: Implementing Basic Error Handling
  • Lab: Creating an Advanced Function

Module 9: Administering Remote Computers

  • Using Basic Remoting
  • Using Advanced Remoting Techniques
  • Using Remoting Sessions
  • Lab : Using Basic Remoting
  • Lab : Using Remoting Sessions

Module 10: Putting it All Together

  • Provisioning a New Server Core Instance
  • Lab: Provisioning a New Server Core Installation

Module 11: Using Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs:

  • Using Background Jobs
  • Using Scheduled Jobs
  • Lab: Using Background Jobs
  • Lab: Using Scheduled Jobs

Module 12: Using Profiles and Advanced PowerShell Techniques

  • Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques
  • Creating Profile Scripts
  • Working with Alternative Credentials
  • Lab: Practicing Advanced Techniques

Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Previous Windows Server and Windows Client management knowledge and hands on experience.
  • Experience installing and configuring Windows Server into existing enterprise environments, or as standalone installations.
  • Knowledge and experience of network adapter configuration, basic Active Directory user administration, and basic disk configuration.
  • Knowledge and hands on experience specifically with Windows Server 2012/Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8/Windows 8.1 would be of benefit but is not essential.
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