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Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell (MOC 10961)

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Module 1: Getting Started with Windows PowerShell

In this module students will learn a bit about PowerShell’s purpose and history, and will learn the basics of using the shell, including the help system, command syntax, command discovery and more.

Lessons
  • Overview and Background
  • Finding and Running Commands
Lab: Configuring Windows PowerShell
  • Configure the console application
  • Configure the ISE Application
  • Finding and Running Basic commands
Lab: Finding and Running Basic Commands
  • Configure the console application
  • Configure the ISE Application
  • Finding and Running Basic commands

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand Windows PowerShell basic concepts
  • Find and Run basic Windows PowerShell commands
Module 2: Working with the Pipeline

In this module students will learn to use PowerShell’s pipeline, along with a number of new commands, to start retrieving, manipulating, and displaying data. An emphasis is placed on proper syntax and form.

Lessons
  • Working with the Pipeline
  • Exporting, Importing and Converting Data
  • Filtering Objects Out of the Pipeline
  • Enumerating Objects in the Pipeline
Lab: Working with the Pipeline
  • Retrieve data, manipulate objects and customise the final display
  • Import, Export and convert data within Windows PowerShell
  • Filter Objects Out of the Pipeline
  • Examine Several Commands and Predict Their Output
  • Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline and perform specific tasks>>>
Lab: Exporting, Importing and Converting Data
  • Retrieve data, manipulate objects and customise the final display
  • Import, Export and convert data within Windows PowerShell
  • Filter Objects Out of the Pipeline
  • Examine Several Commands and Predict Their Output
  • Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline and perform specific tasks>>>
Lab: Filtering Objects Out of the Pipeline
  • Retrieve data, manipulate objects and customise the final display
  • Import, Export and convert data within Windows PowerShell
  • Filter Objects Out of the Pipeline
  • Examine Several Commands and Predict Their Output
  • Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline and perform specific tasks>>>
Lab: Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline
  • Retrieve data, manipulate objects and customise the final display
  • Import, Export and convert data within Windows PowerShell
  • Filter Objects Out of the Pipeline
  • Examine Several Commands and Predict Their Output
  • Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline and perform specific tasks>>>

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Work with the Pipeline
  • Export, Import and Convert data
  • Filter Objects out of the Pipeline
  • Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline
Module 3: Understanding How the Pipeline Works

In this module students will learn the underlying details of how commands are passed from one command to another in the pipeline. Having seen it in action, they’ll now get to see some of the theory under the hood. The emphasis will be in the ByValue and ByPropertyName techniques, with demonstrations that illustrate effective uses of each. Students will also learn techniques that can be used in lieu of pipeline binding, for when such binding is unavailable or ineffective.

Lessons
  • Passing Data in the Pipeline ByValue
  • Passing Data in the Pipeline ByPropertyName
Lab: Working with Pipeline Parameter Binding
  • Examine Several Commands and Predict Whether or Not They Will Work as Written
  • Construct new Commands that Utilize Pipeline Parameter Binding

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Pass Data in the Pipeline ByValue
  • Pass Data in the Pipeline ByPropertyName
Module 4: Using PSProviders and PSDrives

In this module students will learn about PSProviders and PSDrives, and learn to use –Item* commands to manipulate items within a PSDrive.

Lessons
  • Understanding PSProviders and PSDrives
  • Using PSDrives
Lab: PSProviders and PSDrives
  • Using PSProviders and PSDrives

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Use PSProviders and PSDrives
Module 5: Formatting Output

In this module students will learn to manipulate command output to create customized on-screen, text file, and hardcopy results

Lessons
  • Using Basic Formatting
  • Using Advanced Formatting
  • Redirecting Formatted Output
Lab: Formatting Output
  • Use Formatting cmdlets to customize those cmdlets output

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Use Basic Formatting
  • Use Advanced Formatting
  • Redirect Formatted Output
Module 6: Using WMI and CIM

In this module students will learn to use Windows Management Instrumentation / Common Information Model (WMI/CIM) to retrieve, and in some cases, modify management information about local and remote computers.

Lessons
  • Understanding WMI/CIM
  • Querying Data with WMI/CIM
  • Making Changes with WMI/CIM
Lab: Working with WMI and CIM
  • Locate and Query WMI Classes to retrieve Management Information

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand WMI/CIM
  • Query Data with WMI/CIM
  • Make Changes with WMI/CIM
Module 7: Prepare for Scripting

In this module students will learn about pre-requisite features to writing PowerShell scripts, including variables and PowerShell’s scripting security features.

Lessons
  • Using Variables
  • Scripting Security
  • Working with Alternate Credentials
Lab: Working with Security in PowerShell
  • Configure Execution Policy
  • Create and Use Alternate Credentials

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Use Variables
  • Script Security
  • Work with Alternate Credentials
Module 8: Moving From a Command to a Script to a Module

In this module students will learn to take a command that runs well in the console, and turn it into a reusable script. A number of important concepts, such as error handling, will be introduced – but not explored in extreme depth. Students will be taught enough to be “immediately effective” with these concepts, but not given an exhaustive education. The point is to get them started in an effective fashion using best practices, and to give them a basis for further independent exploration.

Lessons
  • Moving From Command to Script
  • Moving From Script to Function to Module
  • Implementing Basic Error Handling
  • Using Basic Scripting Constructs
  • Further Exploration in Scripting
Lab: Moving From Command to Script
  • Convert a Functioning command into a parameterized Script
  • Encapsulate a Script into a Function, Turn the script into a Module and add debugging
  • Add Basic Error Handling capabilities to a Script
  • Add a function to a Script
Lab: Implementing Basic Error Handling
  • Convert a Functioning command into a parameterized Script
  • Encapsulate a Script into a Function, Turn the script into a Module and add debugging
  • Add Basic Error Handling capabilities to a Script
  • Add a function to a Script
Lab: Adding Logic to a Script
  • Convert a Functioning command into a parameterized Script
  • Encapsulate a Script into a Function, Turn the script into a Module and add debugging
  • Add Basic Error Handling capabilities to a Script
  • Add a function to a Script
Lab: Moving From Script to Function to Module
  • Convert a Functioning command into a parameterized Script
  • Encapsulate a Script into a Function, Turn the script into a Module and add debugging
  • Add Basic Error Handling capabilities to a Script
  • Add a function to a Script

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
  • Use Basic Scripting Constructs
  • Understand Advanced functions and Scripting Constructs
Module 9: Administering Remote Computers

In this module students will learn how to configure and use PowerShell Remoting

Lessons
  • Using Basic Remoting
  • Using Remote Sessions
  • Using Remoting for Delegated Administration
Lab: Remoting for Delegated Administration
  • Enable Remoting
  • Remotely Manage Machines
  • Import a Module from a Remote Machines
  • Establish and Use Connections with several computers
  • Create and Register a Custom Session Configuration
  • Test the Custom Session Configuration
Lab: Working with Remoting
  • Enable Remoting
  • Remotely Manage Machines
  • Import a Module from a Remote Machines
  • Establish and Use Connections with several computers
  • Create and Register a Custom Session Configuration
  • Test the Custom Session Configuration
Lab: Working with PSSessions
  • Enable Remoting
  • Remotely Manage Machines
  • Import a Module from a Remote Machines
  • Establish and Use Connections with several computers
  • Create and Register a Custom Session Configuration
  • Test the Custom Session Configuration

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Use Basic Remoting
  • Use Remote Sessions
  • Use Remoting for Delegated Administration
Module 10: Putting it All Together

In this module students will utilize much of what they’ve learned to this point in a practical, from-scratch-exercise to configure a newly-installed Server Core computer.

Lessons
  • Planning the Script
Lab: Configuring a New Server Core Installation
  • Determine Server Cores IP Address
  • Add Server Core Computers IP Address to local TrustedHosts list
  • Add the Server Core Computer to a Domain and Configure a DHCP reservation
  • Add Specified Roles and features to the Server Core Computer

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.

Lessons
  • Using Background Jobs
  • Using Scheduled Jobs
Lab: Working with Background Jobs
  • Start Background Job
  • Manage Existing Jobs
  • Create, run and retrieve data using Scheduled Jobs
Lab: Working with Scheduled Jobs
  • Start Background Job
  • Manage Existing Jobs
  • Create, run and retrieve data using Scheduled Jobs
Module 12: Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques and Profiles

In this module students will learn several additional techniques and feature of Windows PowerShell.

Lessons
  • Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques
  • Creating Profile Scripts
Lab: Practicing Advanced Techniques
  • Practice Advanced Techniques
  • Create a Profile Script that defines several parameter defaults

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Use Advanced PowerShell Techniques
  • Create Profile Scripts