Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell
In five days, learn vital skills for administering and automating Windows servers with PowerShell 3.0. The class has a strong focus on PowerShell command-line features and techniques.
You will also learn prerequisite skills for other Microsoft products. (e.g. Windows Server, Windows Client, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, SQL Server, System Center, etc.)
Who Should Attend
No prior scripting, programming, or Windows PowerShell experience required. This course includes only basic coverage of scripting and programming topics.
- IT professionals with Windows Server and/or Client administration experience.
- IT professionals administering and supporting Application servers and services (e.g. Exchange, SharePoint, SQL).
- Students who want to use Windows PowerShell to automate tasks from the command line.
Module 1: Getting Started with Windows PowerShell
This will introduce you to Windows PowerShell and its history. Also covers the basics of using the shell and explains the use of the two built-in host applications.
- Overview and Background
- Finding and Learning Commands
- Running Commands
Module 2: Working with the Pipeline
You will learn the basics of the Windows PowerShell pipeline. Includes techniques for customizing output, exporting/converting data, sorting objects, filtering objects, and enumerating objects.
- Understanding the Pipeline
- Selecting, Sorting, and Measuring Objects
- Converting, Exporting, and Importing Objects
- Filtering Objects Out of the Pipeline
- Enumerating Objects in the Pipeline
Module 3: Understanding How the Pipeline Works
Explains how Windows PowerShell passes objects from command to command within the pipeline. You will learn about pipeline operation, predict command behavior and construct useful, predictable commands.
- Passing Data in the Pipeline By Value
- Passing Data in the Pipeline By Property Name
Module 4: Using PSProviders and PSDrives
Shows you how to use Windows PowerShell PSProviders and PSDrives for administrative tasks. Students will also learn to use the -item* commands to manipulate items within a PSDrive.
- Using PSProviders
- Using PSDrives
Module 5: Formatting Output
Demonstrates how to format command output and how to create custom output elements.
- Using Basic Formatting
- Using Advanced Formatting
- Redirecting Formatted Output
Module 6: Querying Management Information by Using WMI and CIM
Explains Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Common Information Model (CIM). Learn how to retrieve and 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
Module 7: Preparing for Scripting
Learn how to write scripts with Windows PowerShell, including the security model and variables.
- Using Variables
- Scripting Security
Module 8: Moving From a Command to Script to Module
Take a command that runs well in the console and turn it into a parameterized, reusable script. Learn how to evolve that script into a standalone script module. You will also learn the foundations needed to create your 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
Module 9: Administering Remote Computers
Learn how to configure and use Windows PowerShell remoting to manage multiple remote computers.
- Using Basic Remoting
- Using Advanced Remoting Techniques
- Using Remoting Sessions
Module 10: Putting it All Together
Use everything you have learned so far. You will discover, learn, and run commands that perform a complex, real-world administrative task.
- Provisioning a New Server Core Instance
Module 11: Using Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs
Learn how to create and manage background jobs and scheduled jobs.
- Using Background Jobs
- Using Scheduled Jobs
Module 12: Using Profiles and Advanced PowerShell Techniques
Learn advanced Windows PowerShell features and techniques:
- Extra comparison operators
- Use of alternate credentials
- Creation of profile scripts
- Manipulation of strings and date objects
- Advanced PowerShell Techniques
- Creating Profile Scripts
- Working With Alternative Credentials
Lab: Configuring Windows PowerShell
Lab: Finding and Running Basic Commands
Lab: Using the Pipeline
Lab: Converting, Exporting, and Importing Objects
Lab: Filtering Objects
Lab: Enumerating Objects
Lab: Working with Pipeline Parameter Binding
Lab: Using PSProviders and PSDrives
Lab: Formatting Output
Lab: Working with WMI and CIM
Lab: Working with Security in Windows PowerShell
Lab: Moving From Command to Script
Lab: Moving From Script to Function to Module
Lab: Implementing Basic Error Handling
Lab: Creating an Advanced Function
Lab: Using Basic Remoting
Lab: Using Remoting Sessions
Lab: Provisioning a New Server Core Installation
Lab: Using Background Jobs
Lab: Using Scheduled Jobs
Lab: Practicing Advanced Techniques
What You'll Learn
- Basic concepts behind Windows PowerShell
- Understanding the Pipeline
- Work with the Pipeline
- 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
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