Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell - 10961 Course 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.
The 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 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.
*** NOTE: This class also available in On-Demand, eLearning Format ***
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MOC On-Demand 10961: Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell
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
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.
At course completion
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
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
Module 1: Getting Started with Windows PowerShell
This module introduces students to Windows PowerShell, its purpose and history. The module will also cover the basics of using the shell, including the help system, command syntax, command discovery explaining the use of the two built-in host applications.
Overview and Background
Finding and Learning Commands
Lab : Configuring Windows PowerShell
Lab : Finding and Running Basic Commands
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
Lab : Converting, Exporting, and Importing Objects
Lab : Filtering Objects
Lab : Enumerating Objects
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 theory 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 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
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.
Lab : Using PSProviders and 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
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
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.
Lab : Working with Security in Windows PowerShell
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
Lab : Moving From Script to Function to Module
Lab : Implementing Basic Error Handling
Lab : Creating an Advanced Function
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
Lab : Using Remoting Sessions
Module 10: Putting it All Together
This module offers students an 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
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
Lab : Using 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
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