MOC 10961 Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell®

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Course Duration

5 Days

What Students Receive

Each student will receive:
  • A printed courseware manual with samples and hands-on exercises for use during and after class
  • Sample course files and solutions
  • Access to a complete, online Windows Server environment both during and after class to practice your new skills
  • A course completion certificate upon successful completion of the course

Course Description

With Windows PowerShell 4.0, you can remotely manage multiple Windows based servers and automate day to day management and administration tasks. This Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell Training class 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 five day 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 five day 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 five-day Microsoft Official Course in Windows PowerShell 4.0.

Course Objectives

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 Audience

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.

Course Prerequisites

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.

Course Syllabus

  1. Getting Started with Windows PowerShell
    • Overview and Background
    • Finding and Learning Commands
    • Running Commands
    • Lab: Configuring Windows PowerShell
      • Configure the Windows PowerShell Console Application
      • Configure the Windows PowerShell ISE Application
    • Lab: Finding and Running Basic Commands
      • Finding Commands
      • Finding and Running Commands
      • Using "About" Files
  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
      • Selecting and Sorting Data
    • Lab: Converting, Exporting, and Importing Objects
      • Converting Objects
      • Importing and Exporting Objects
    • Lab: Filtering Objects
      • Filtering Objects
    • Lab: Enumerating Objects
      • Enumerating Objects
  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
      • Predicting Pipeline Behavior
  4. Using PSProviders and PSDrives
    • Using PSProviders
    • Using PSDrives
    • Lab: Using PSProviders and PSDrives
      • Create a New Folder
      • Create a New PSDrive
      • Create a New Registry Key
      • Create a New Registry Setting
      • Modify a WS-Management Setting
  5. Formatting Output
    • Using Basic Formatting
    • Using Advanced Formatting
    • Redirecting Formatted Output
    • Lab: Formatting Output
      • Formatting Command Output
      • Reproducing Specified Output
  6. Querying Management Information by Using WMI and CIM
    • Understanding WMI and CIM
    • Querying Data with WMI and CIM
    • Making Changes by Using WMI and CIM
    • Lab: Working with WMI and CIM
      • Querying Information by Using WMI
      • Querying Information by Using CIM
      • Invoking Methods
  7. Preparing for Scripting
    • Using Variables
    • Scripting Security
    • Lab: Working with Security in Windows PowerShell
      • Configure Security
  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
      • Test the Command
      • Parameterize Changing Values
      • Add Verbose Output
      • Add Comment-Based Help
    • Lab: Moving From Script to Function to Module
      • Convert the Script to a Function
      • Save the Script as a Script Module
      • Add Debugging Breakpoints
    • Lab: Implementing Basic Error Handling
      • Add Error Handling to a Function
      • Add Error Handling to a New Function
    • Lab: Creating an Advanced Function
      • Test an Existing Command
      • Create a Parameterized Function
      • Handle Multiple Targets
      • Add Error Handling
  9. Administering Remote Computers
    • Using Basic Remoting
    • Using Advanced Remoting Techniques
    • Using Remoting Sessions
    • Lab: Using Basic Remoting
      • Enable Remoting on the Local Computer
      • Performing One-to-One Remoting
      • Performing One-to-Many Remoting
    • Lab: Using Remoting Sessions
      • Using Implicit Remoting
      • Multicomputer Management
  10. Putting it All Together
    • Provisioning a New Server Core Instance
    • Lab: Provisioning a New Server Core Installation
      • Create a Parameterized Script
      • Get the Dynamic IP Address of the New Server Core Computer
      • Create a DHCP Reservation for the Server Core Instance
      • Modify the Local TrustedHosts List
      • Add a Role to the Server Core Instance
      • Add the Server Core Instance to the Domain
      • Test the Completed Script
  11. Using Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs
    • Using Background Jobs
    • Using Scheduled Jobs
    • Lab: Using Background Jobs
      • Starting Jobs
      • Managing Jobs
    • Lab: Using Scheduled Jobs
      • Creating a Scheduled Job
  12. Using Profiles and Advanced PowerShell Techniques
    • Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques
    • Creating Profile Scripts
    • Working With Alternative Credentials
    • Lab: Practicing Advanced Techniques
      • Using Advanced Techniques
      • Using Alternative Credentials
      • Create a Profile Script