Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell (10961BC)


Duration: 5 days

This five day course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to use Windows PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows servers. This Course provides students the skills to identify and build the command they require to perform a specific task. In addition, students learn how to build scripts to accomplish advanced tasks such as automating repetitive tasks and generating reports. This course provide prerequisite skills supporting many different Microsoft products. This includes 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.

This course is intended for IT Professionals already experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration Who want to learn about using Windos PowerShell for adminisration. No prior experience with any version of Windos PowerShell, or any scripting language is assumed. This course is also suitable for IT Professionals already experienced in server administration, including: Exchange Server, SharePoint, SQL server, System Center, and others br />
After completing this course, students will be able to:

Describe the functionality of Windows PowerShell and use it to run and find basic commands
Identify and run cmdlets for server administration
Work with Windows PowerShell pipeline.
Describe the techniques Windows PowerShell pipeline uses
Use PSProviders and PSDrives to work with other forms of storage
Query system information by using WMI and CIM
Work with variables, arrays, and hash tables
Write basic scripts in Windows PowerShell
Administer Remote Computers
Use Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs
Use Advanced Windows PowerShell Techniques


Before attending this course, students must have:

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

What’s included?

  • Authorized Courseware
  • Intensive Hands on Skills Development with an Experienced Subject Matter Expert
  • Hands-on practice on real Servers and extended lab support 1.800.482.3172
  • Examination Vouchers & Onsite Certification Testing- (excluding Adobe and PMP Boot Camps)
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

With several convenient training delivery methods offered, The Academy makes getting the training you need easy. Whether you prefer to learn in a classroom or an online live learning virtual environment, training videos hosted online, and private group classes hosted at your site. We offer expert instruction to individuals, government agencies, non-profits, and corporations. Our live classes, on-sites, and online training videos all feature certified instructors who teach a detailed curriculum and share their expertise and insights with trainees. No matter how you prefer to receive the training, you can count on The Academy for an engaging and effective learning experience.


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  • Live Online Classroom – Online Instructor Led
  • Self-Paced Video

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Module 1: Getting Started with Windows PowerShell
This module will introduce you to Windows PowerShell and provide an overview of the product’s functionality. The module shows you how to open and configure the shell for use and how to run commands within the shell. The module also introduces the built-in Help system in Windows PowerShell.


Overview and Background of Windows PowerShell
Understanding command syntax
Finding Commands

Lab: Configuring Windows PowerShell console
• Configure the Windows PowerShell Console Application
• Configure the Windows PowerShell ISE Application

Lab: Finding and Running Basic Commands

Finding Commands
Running Commands
Using “About” Files

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Open and configure Windows PowerShell
Find and run Windows PowerShell commands.
Run commands by using correct command and parameter syntax

Module 2: Working with the Pipeline
This module covers the Windows PowerShell pipeline along with a number of additional techniques and commands, including customizing command output, exporting and converting data, sorting objects, filtering objects, and enumerating objects allowing for the overall retrieval, manipulation, and displaying of data.


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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Describe the purpose of the Windows PowerShell pipeline
Manipulate objects in the pipeline
Convert, export, and import objects
Filter objects out of the pipeline
Enumerate objects in the pipeline

Module 3: Understanding How the Pipeline Works
This module explains the underlying details of how Windows PowerShell passes objects from command to command within the pipeline. Having seen it in action in the previous module will now get to see some of the theories under the hood. The emphasis will be on two specific techniques used by the shell and students will learn to explain the pipeline operation, predict command behavior, and allows them to construct more useful, predictable commands.


Passing Data in the Pipeline By Value
Passing Data in the Pipeline By Property Name

Lab: Working with Pipeline Parameter Binding

Predicting Pipeline Behavior

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Pass data by using the ByValue technique
Pass data by using the ByPropertyName technique

Module 4: Using PSProviders and PSDrives
This module explains the purpose and use of Windows PowerShell PSProviders and PSDrives and shows students how to use these useful components for administrative tasks. Students will also learn to use the –item commands to manipulate items within a PSDrive.


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
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Explain the purpose and use of PSProviders
Explain the purpose and use of PSDrives

Module 5: Formatting Output
This module demonstrates how to format command output and how to create custom output elements.


Using Basic Formatting
Using Advanced Formatting
Redirecting Formatted Output

Lab: Formatting Output

Formatting Command Output
Reproducing Specified Output

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Format command output by using basic formatting commands
Format command output by using advanced formatting options
Redirect formatted output

Module 6: Querying Management Information by Using WMI and CIM
This module explains Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Common Information Model (CIM), and shows students how to retrieve and in some cases modify management information about local and remote computers.


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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Explain the differences between WMI and CIM
Query management information by using WMI and CIM
Invoke methods by using WMI and CIM

Module 7: Preparing for Scripting
This module prepares students for writing scripts with Windows PowerShell, covering the Windows PowerShell security model and the use of variables.


Using Variables
Scripting Security

Lab: Working with Security in Windows PowerShell

Configure Security

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Create, use, and manage variables
Configure shell scripting security

Module 8: Moving From a Command to Script to Module
This module shows students how to take a command that runs well in the console and turn it into a parameterized, reusable script, and how to evolve that script into a standalone script module. Students will learn the foundations needed to create their own reusable tools.


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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Move from Command to Script
Move from Script to Function to Module
Implement basic error handling
Implement basic scripting constructs
Explain additional advanced Windows PowerShell scripting features

Module 9: Administering Remote Computers
This module explains Windows PowerShell remoting and shows students how to configure and use remoting to manage multiple 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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Describe remoting architecture and security, manually enable remoting, and use remoting for one-to-one and one-to-many connections
Pass local variables to remote computers
Create and manage persistent remoting sessions, and use implicit remoting

Module 10: Putting it All Together
This module offers students the opportunity to use everything they have learned so far. Students will discover, learn, and run commands that perform a complex, real-world administrative task.


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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Plan your Windows PowerShell Script
Configure Server Core computers using Windows PowerShell

Module 11: Using Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs
In this module, students will learn to create and manage 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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Create and manage Background Jobs
Create and manage Scheduled Jobs

Module 12: Using Profiles and Advanced PowerShell Techniques
This module covers a variety of additional advanced Windows PowerShell features and techniques including additional comparison operators, use of alternate credentials, creation of profile scripts, manipulation of strings, and date objects.


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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Manipulate data and objects by using advanced techniques and operators
Create and manage profile scripts
Connect to remote computers by using alternative credentials