PowerShell for Support Professionals Course Outline
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This 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 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.
This course is intended for IT Professionals 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.
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 prerequisites by obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills through practical experience as a Windows system administrator. No prerequisite courses are required.
At course completion
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.
Query system information by using WMI and CIM.
Work with variables, arrays, and hash tables.
Write basic scripts in Windows PowerShell.
Write advanced scripts in Windows PowerShell.
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 explains how to open and configure Windows PowerShell. It also explains how to run commands and use the built-in Help system in Windows PowerShell.
Windows PowerShell overview
Understand Windows PowerShell command syntax
Find commands and get help in Windows PowerShell
Lab : Configuring Windows PowerShell, and finding and running commands
Configuring the Windows PowerShell console application
Configuring the Windows PowerShell ISE application
Finding and running Windows PowerShell commands
Using About files
Module 2: Windows PowerShell for local systems administration
This module introduces you to the different types of cmdlets commonly used for system administration. While you can search for cmdlets each time you need to accomplish a task, it is more efficient to have at least a basic understanding of these cmdlets. This module also explains how to manage Windows 10 by using PowerShell..
Active Directory Domain Services administration cmdlets
Network configuration cmdlets
Server administration cmdlets
Windows PowerShell in Windows 10
Lab : Performing local system administration with PowerShell
Creating and managing Active Directory objects
Configuring network settings on Windows Server
Creating a website
Module 3: Working with the Windows PowerShell pipeline
This module introduces the pipeline feature of Windows PowerShell. The pipeline feature is included in several command-line shells such as the command prompt in the Windows operating system. However, the pipeline feature in Windows PowerShell provides more complex, flexible, and capable functionalities compared to other shells. This module provides you with the skills and knowledge that will help you use Windows PowerShell more effectively and efficiently.
Understand the pipeline
Select, sort, and measure objects
Filter objects out of the pipeline
Enumerate objects in the pipeline
Send and pass pipeline data as output
Lab : Using PowerShell pipeline
Selecting, sorting, and displaying data
Module 4: Using PSProviders and PSDrives
This module introduces the PSProviders and PSDrives adapters. A PSProvider is basically a Windows PowerShell adapter makes some form of storage resemble a hard drive. A PSDrive is an actual connection to a form of storage. You can use these two technologies to work with various forms of storage by using the same commands and techniques that you use to manage the file system.
Lab : Using PSProviders and PSDrives with PowerShell
Creating files and folders on a remote computer
Creating a registry key for your future scripts
Create a new Active Directory group
Module 5: Querying management information by using CIM and WMI
This module introduces you to two parallel technologies: Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Common Information Model (CIM). Both these technologies provide local and remote access to a repository of management information including access to robust information available from the operating system, computer hardware, and installed software.
Understand CIM and WMI
Query data by using CIM and WMI
Make changes by using CIM and WMI
Lab : Querying information by using WMI and CIM
Querying information by using WMI
Querying information by using CIM
Module 6: Working with variables, arrays, and hash tables
Variables are an essential component of scripts. You can use variables to accomplish complex tasks that you can't complete by using a single command. This module explains how to work with variables, arrays, and hash tables as steps in learning how to create Windows PowerShell scripts.
Manipulate arrays and hash tables
Lab : Using variables, arrays, and hash tables in PowerShell
Working with variable types
Using hash tables
Module 7: Windows PowerShell scripting
This module explains how to package a Windows PowerShell command in a script. Scripts allow you to perform repetitive tasks and more complex tasks than cannot be accomplished in a single command.
Introduction to scripting with Windows PowerShell
Import data from files
Accept user input
Troubleshooting and error handling
Functions and modules
Lab : Using scripts with PowerShell
Signing a script
Processing an array with a ForEach loop
Processing items by using If statements
Creating users based on a CSV file
Querying disk information from remote computers
Updating the script to use alternate credentials
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