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Advanced Automated Administration with Windows PowerShell (MOC 10962)

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Module 1: Creating Advanced Functions

In this module students will learn how to parameterize a command into an advanced function. It is designed to teach several key principles in a single logical sequence, by using frequent hands-on exercises to reinforce new skills.

Lessons
  • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Creating a Script Module
  • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Producing Complex Function Output
  • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm
Lab: Converting a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Creating a Script Module
  • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Producing Complex Function Output
  • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm
Lab: Creating a Script Module
  • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Creating a Script Module
  • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Producing Complex Function Output
  • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm
Lab: Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Creating a Script Module
  • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Producing Complex Function Output
  • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm
Lab: Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Creating a Script Module
  • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Producing Complex Function Output
  • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm
Lab: Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Creating a Script Module
  • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Producing Complex Function Output
  • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm
Lab: Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm
  • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Creating a Script Module
  • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Producing Complex Function Output
  • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm
Lab: Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Creating a Script Module
  • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Producing Complex Function Output
  • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm
Lab: Producing Complex Function Output
  • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Creating a Script Module
  • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Producing Complex Function Output
  • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Convert a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Create a Script Module
  • Define Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Write Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Produce Complex Function Output
  • Document Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Support -Whatif and -Confirm
Module 2: Using Cmdlets and Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell

Windows PowerShell provides commands that accomplish many of the tasks that you will need in a production environment. Sometimes, a command is not available but the .NET Framework provides an alternate means of accomplishing a task. Because Windows PowerShell is built on the .NET Framework, it is able to access those alternate means. In this module, you will learn how to discover and run Windows PowerShell commands, and how to use .NET Framework components from inside Windows PowerShell. These two techniques will provide you with the most flexibility and capability for accomplishing tasks in a production environment.

Lessons
  • Running Windows PowerShell Commands
  • Using Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell
Lab: Using .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell
  • Using Static and Instance Members

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Run Windows PowerShell commands
  • Use Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell
Module 3: Writing Controller Scripts

In this module, students will learn how to combine tools – advanced functions that perform a specific task – and a controller script that provides a user interface or automates a business process

Lessons
  • Understanding Controller Scripts
  • Writing Controller Scripts that Show a User Interface
Lab: Writing Controller Scripts that Display a User Interface
  • Write Functions to be Used in the Controller Script
  • Write a Controller Script that Implements a Text-Based Menu

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand Controller Scripts
  • Write Controller Scripts that show a User Interface
Module 4: Handling Script Errors

In this module, students will learn how to perform basic error handling in scripts. The focus will be about how to add error handling to existing tools, primarily as a time-saving mechanism (instead of having students write new tools). A side benefit of this approach is that it will help build the skills that you must have to analyze and reuse existing code written by someone else.

Lessons
  • Understanding Error Handling
  • Handling Errors in a Script
Lab: Handling Errors in a Script
  • Handling Errors in a Script

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand Error Handling
  • Handle Errors in a Script
Module 5: Using XML Data Files

In this module, students will learn how to read, manipulate, and write data in XML files. XML files provide a robust, yet straightforward way to store both flat and hierarchical data. XML files are more flexible than CSV, more accessible for small amounts of data than SQL Server, and easier to code against that Excel automation.

Lessons
  • Reading, Manipulating and Writing Data in XML
Lab: Reading, Manipulating and Writing Data in XML
  • Test the Provided Tools
  • Update an XML Inventory Document

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Reading, Manipulating and Writing Data in XML
Module 6: Managing Server Configurations by Using Desired State Configuration

In this module, students will learn how to write Desired State Configuration (DSC) configuration files, deploy those files to servers, and monitor servers’ configurations.

Lessons
  • Understanding Desired State Configuration
  • Creating and Deploying a DSC Configuration
Lab: Creating and Deploying a DSC Configuration
  • Write, Run and Push a DSC Configuration

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand Desired State Configuration
  • Create and Deploy a DSC Configuration
Module 7: Analyzing and Debugging Scripts

In this module, students will learn how to use native Windows PowerShell features to analyze and debug existing scripts. These skills are also useful when students have to debug their own scripts.

Lessons
  • Debugging in Windows PowerShell
  • Analyzing and Debugging and Existing Script
Lab: Analyzing and Debugging and Existing Script
  • Analyzing and Debugging and Existing Script

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and Debug a script
Module 8: Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow

In this module, students will learn about the features of the Windows PowerShell Workflow technology.

Lessons
  • Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow