10961 Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell

This 5-day instructor-led course provides participants with the fundamental knowledge and skills to use Windows PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows servers. This course provides participants the skills to identify and build the command they require to perform a specific task.

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10961 Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell

This 5-day instructor-led course provides participants with the fundamental knowledge and skills to use Windows PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows servers.

Overview

This 5-day instructor-led course provides participants with the fundamental knowledge and skills to use Windows PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows servers. This course provides participants the skills to identify and build the command they require to perform a specific task. In addition, participants learn how to build scripts to accomplish advanced tasks such as automating repetitive tasks and generating reports. This course provides prerequisite skills supporting a broad range of Microsoft products, including Windows Server, Windows Client, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft 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 products, will serve as the example for the techniques this course teaches.

Prerequisites

Participants who wish to take up this course should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Experience with Windows networking technologies and implementation
  • Experience with Windows Server administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Experience with Windows Client administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Participants who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills through practical experience as a Windows system administrator. No prerequisite courses are required.

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for IT Professional who are already experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration, and who want to learn more about using Windows PowerShell for administration. No prior experience with any version of Windows PowerShell, or any scripting language, is assumed. This course is also suitable for IT Professionals already experienced in server administration, including Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, SQL Server, System Center, and others.

Course Outline

  • Overview and background of Windows PowerShell
  • Understanding command syntax
  • Finding commands

Lab: Configuring Windows PowerShell
Lab: Finding and running basic commands

  • Active Directory administration cmdlets
  • Network configuration cmdlets
  • Other server administration cmdlets

Lab: Windows Administration

  • Understanding the pipeline
  • Selecting, sorting, and measuring objects
  • Filtering objects out of the pipeline
  • Enumerating objects in the pipeline
  • Sending pipeline data as output

Lab: Using the pipeline
Lab: Filtering objects
Lab: Enumerating objects
Lab: Sending output to a file

  • Passing the pipeline data
  • Advanced considerations for pipeline data

Lab: Working with pipeline parameter binding

  • Using PSProviders
  • Using PSDrives

Lab: Using PSProviders and PSDrives

  • Understanding WMI and CIM
  • Querying data with WMI and CIM
  • Making changes by using WMI/CIM

Lab: Working with WMI and CIM

  • Using Variables
  • Manipulating variables
  • Manipulating arrays and hash tables

Lab: Working with variables

  • Introduction to scripting
  • Scripting constructs
  • Importing data from files

Lab: Basic scripting

  • Accepting user input
  • Overview of scripting documentation
  • Troubleshooting and error handling
  • Functions and modules

Lab: Accepting data from users
Lab: Implementing functions and modules

  • Using basic Windows PowerShell remoting
  • Using advanced Windows PowerShell remoting techniques
  • Using PSSessions

Lab: Using basic remoting
Lab: Using PSSessions

  • Using background jobs
  • Using scheduled jobs

Lab: Using background jobs and scheduled jobs

  • Creating profile scripts
  • Using advanced techniques

Lab: Practicing advanced techniques
Lab: Practicing script development (optional)

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