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Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell


Product Description

This course teaches you the fundamental knowledge and skills you need 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 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.

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

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the basic concepts behind Windows PowerShell
  • Work with the Pipeline
  • Understand How the Pipeline Works
  • 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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Audience: 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


  • 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.

Course Outline:
Module 1: Getting Started with Windows PowerShell

  • Overview and background
  • Find and run commands

Module 2: Working with the Pipeline

  • Export, import and conver data
  • Filter objects out of the Pipeline
  • Enumerate objects in the Pipeline

Module 3: Understanding how the Pipeline works

  • Pass data to the Pipline:
    • ByValue
    • ByPropertyName

Module 4: Using PSProviders and PSDrives

  • PSProviders and PSDrives
  • Use PSDrives

Module 5: Formatting Output

  • Basic formatting
  • Advanced formatting
  • Redirect formatted output

Module 6: Using WMI and CIM

  • Overview of WMI/CIM
  • Query data
  • Make changes

Module 7: Prepare for Scripting

  • Using Variables
  • Scripting Security
  • Working with Alternate Credentials

Module 8: Moving From a Command to a Script to a Module

  • Migration from command to script
  • Move from script to function to module
  • Implement basic error handling
  • Basic scripting constructs
  • Advanced scripting

Module 9: Administering Remote Computers

  • Basic remoting
  • Remote sessions
  • Use remoting for delegated administration

Module 10: Plan the Script and Putting it All Together

Module 11: Using Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs

Module 12: Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques and Profiles

  • Advanced PowerShell techniques
  • Create Profile Scripts


  • Configuring Windows PowerShell
  • Finding and Running Basic Commands
  • Working with the Pipeline
  • Exporting, Importing and Converting Data
  • Filtering Objects Out of the Pipeline
  • Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline
  • Working with Pipeline Parameter Binding
  • PSProviders and PSDrives
  • Formatting Output
  • Working with WMI and CIM
  • Working with Security in PowerShell
  • Moving From Command to Script
  • Moving From Script to Function to Module
  • Implementing Basic Error Handling
  • Adding Logic to a Script
  • Working with Remoting
  • Working with PSSessions
  • Remoting for Delegated Administration
  • Configuring a New Server Core Installation
  • Working with Background Jobs
  • Working with Scheduled Jobs
  • Practicing Advanced Techniques
Price (excl. tax)

1,490.- €