MOC 10962 - Advanced Automated Administration with Windows PowerShell

In this Advanced Automated Administration with Windows PowerShell training class students learn how to automate administrative tasks using Windows PowerShell 5.1. Students will learn core scripting skills such as creating advanced functions, writing controller scripts, and handling script errors. Students will learn how to works with Windows PowerShell Workflow, the REST API and XML and JSON formatted data files. Students will also learn how to use new administration tools such as Desired State Configuration (DSC) and Just Enough Administration (JEA) to configure and secure servers.

This course is intended for IT professionals who are experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration. Students should have a foundational knowledge of Windows PowerShell, which they can obtain by taking course 10961C: Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell.

Goals
  1. Learn to create advanced functions.
  2. Learn to use Microsoft .NET Framework and REST API in Windows PowerShell.
  3. Learn to write controller scripts.
  4. Learn to handle script errors.
  5. Learn to use XML, JSON, and custom formatted data.
  6. Learn to enhance server management with Desired State Configuration and Just Enough Administration.
  7. Learn to analyze and debug scripts.
  8. Learn to understand Windows PowerShell workflow.
Outline
  1. Creating advanced functions
    1. Converting a command into an advanced function
    2. Creating a script module
    3. Defining parameter attributes and input validation
    4. Writing functions that accept pipeline input
    5. Producing complex pipeline output
    6. Documenting functions by using comment-based help
    7. Supporting –WhatIf and -Confirm
    8. Lab: Converting a command into an advanced function
      1. Converting a command into an advanced function
    9. Lab: Creating a script module
      1. Creating a script module
    10. Lab: Defining parameter attributes and input validation
      1. Defining parameter attributes and input validation
    11. Lab: Writing functions that accept pipeline input
      1. Writing functions that accept pipeline input
    12. Lab: Producing complex pipeline output
      1. Producing complex pipeline output
    13. Lab: Documenting functions by using comment-based help
      1. Documenting functions by using comment-based help
    14. Lab: Supporting –WhatIf and -Confirm
      1. Supporting –WhatIf and -Confirm
  2. Using Microsoft .NET Framework and REST API in Windows PowerShell
    1. Using Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell
    2. Using REST API in Windows PowerShell
    3. Lab: Using Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell
      1. Using Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell
    4. Lab: Using REST API in Windows PowerShell
      1. Using REST API in Windows PowerShell
  3. Writing controller scripts
    1. Introducing controller scripts
    2. Writing controller scripts that display a user interface
    3. Writing controller scripts that produce reports
    4. Lab: Writing controller scripts
      1. Writing controller scripts that display a user interface
      2. Writing controller scripts that implement a text-based menu
    5. Lab: Writing controller scripts that produce HTML reports
      1. Writing functions to be used in the controller script
      2. Writing a controller script that produces HTML reports
  4. Handling script errors
    1. Understanding error handling
    2. Handling errors and timeouts in a script
    3. Lab: Handling errors in a script
      1. Handling errors in a script
  5. Using XML, JSON, and custom-formatted data
    1. Reading, manipulating, and writing XML-formatted data
    2. Reading, manipulating, and writing JSON-formatted data
    3. Reading and manipulating custom-formatted data
    4. Lab: Reading, manipulating, and writing XML-formatted data
      1. Testing the provided tools
      2. Updating an XML inventory document
  6. Enhancing server management with Desired State Configuration and Just Enough Administration
    1. Understanding Desired State Configuration
    2. Creating and deploying a DSC configuration
    3. Implementing Just Enough Administration
    4. Lab: Creating and deploying a DSC configuration
      1. Creating and deploying a DSC configuration
    5. Lab: Configuring and using JEA
      1. Configuring and using JEA
  7. Analyzing and debugging scripts
    1. Debugging in Windows PowerShell
    2. Analyzing and debugging an existing script
    3. Lab: Analyzing and debugging an existing script
      1. Analyzing and debugging an existing script
  8. Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow
    1. Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow
    2. Lab: Creating and running a Windows PowerShell Workflow
      1. Creating and running a Windows PowerShell Workflow
      2. After completing this module, students will be able to describe and implement the Workflow feature of Windows PowerShell.
Class Materials

Each student in our Live Online and our Onsite classes receives a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and all the class examples.

Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this PowerShell class:

  • Knowledge and experience working with Windows PowerShell or knowledge equivalent to the content covered in course 10961B: Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell.
  • Experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration or already experience in administering and supporting Application servers and services including applications like Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL.
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