MOC 10961 - Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell 5

MOC 10961 - Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell 5

Course Length: 5 days
Delivery Methods: Multiple delivery options
Course Benefits
  • Learn to describe the functionality of Windows PowerShell and use it to run and find basic commands.
  • Learn to identify and run cmdlets for server administration.
  • Learn to work with Windows PowerShell pipeline.
  • Learn to describe the techniques Windows PowerShell pipeline uses.
  • Learn to use PSProviders and PSDrives to work with other forms of storage.
  • Learn to query system information by using WMI and CIM.
  • Learn to work with variables, arrays, and hash tables.
  • Learn to write basic scripts in Windows PowerShell.
  • Learn to write advanced scripts in Windows PowerShell.
  • Learn to administer remote computers.
  • Learn to use background jobs and scheduled jobs.
  • Learn to use advanced Windows PowerShell techniques.
Available Delivery Methods
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Course Overview

This Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell 5.0 training class provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to use Windows PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows servers. This course provides students the skills to identify and build the command they require to perform a specific task. In addition, students learn how to build scripts to accomplish advanced tasks such as automating repetitive tasks and generating reports.

This course provides prerequisite skills supporting a broad range of Microsoft products, including Windows Server, Windows Client, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft 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 products, will serve as the example for the techniques this course teaches.

This course is intended for IT Professionals who are already experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration, and who want to learn more about using Windows PowerShell for administration. No prior experience with any version of Windows PowerShell, or any scripting language, is assumed. This course is also suitable for IT Professionals already experienced in server administration, including Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, SQL Server, System Center, and others.

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Webucator is a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions (CPLS). This class uses official Microsoft courseware and will be delivered by a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).

Course Outline
  1. Getting started with Windows PowerShell
    1. Overview and background of Windows PowerShell
    2. Understanding command syntax
    3. Finding commands
    4. Lab: Configuring Windows PowerShell
      1. Configuring the Windows PowerShell console
      2. Configuring the Windows PowerShell ISE application
    5. Lab: Finding and running basic commands
      1. Finding commands
      2. Running commands
      3. Using the About files
  2. Cmdlets for administration
    1. Active Directory administration cmdlets
    2. Network configuration cmdlets
    3. Other server administration cmdlets
    4. Lab: Windows Administration
      1. Creating and managing Active Directory objects
      2. Configuring network settings on Windows Server
      3. Creating a web site
  3. Working with the Windows PowerShell pipeline
    1. Understanding the pipeline
    2. Selecting, sorting, and measuring objects
    3. Filtering objects out of the pipeline
    4. Enumerating objects in the pipeline
    5. Sending pipeline data as output
    6. Lab: Using the pipeline
      1. Selecting, sorting, and displaying data
    7. Lab: Filtering objects
      1. Filtering objects
    8. Lab: Enumerating objects
      1. Enumerating objects
    9. Lab: Sending output to a file
      1. Exporting user information to a file
  4. Understanding how the pipeline works
    1. Passing the pipeline data
    2. Advanced considerations for pipeline data
    3. Lab: Working with pipeline parameter binding
      1. Predicting pipeline behaviour
  5. Using PSProviders and PSDrives
    1. Using PSProviders
    2. Using PSDrives
    3. Lab: Using PSProviders and PSDrives
      1. Creating files and folders on a remote computer
      2. Creating a registry key for your future scripts
      3. Create a new Active Directory group
  6. Querying system information by using WMI and CIM
    1. Understanding WMI and CIM
    2. Querying data by using WMI and CIM
    3. Making changes with WMI/CIM
    4. Lab: Working with WMI and CIM
      1. Querying information by using WMI
      2. Querying information by using CIM
      3. Invoking methods
  7. Working with variables, arrays, and hash tables
    1. Using variables.
    2. Manipulating variables.
    3. Manipulating arrays and hash tables.
    4. Lab: Working with variables
      1. Working with variable types
      2. Using arrays
      3. Using hash tables
  8. Basic scripting
    1. Introduction to scripting
    2. Scripting constructs
    3. Importing data from files
    4. Lab: Basic scripting
      1. Setting a script
      2. Processing an array with a ForEach loop
      3. Processing items by using If statements
      4. Creating a random password
      5. Creating users based on a CSV file
  9. Advanced scripting
    1. Accepting user input
    2. Overview of script documentation
    3. Troubleshooting and error handling
    4. Functions and modules
    5. Lab: Accepting data from users
      1. Querying disk information from remote computers
      2. Updating the script to use alternate credentials
      3. Documenting a script
    6. Lab: Implementing functions and modules
      1. Creating a logging function
      2. Adding error handling to a script
      3. Converting a function to a module
  10. Administering Remote Computers
    1. Using basic Windows PowerShell remoting
    2. Using advanced Windows PowerShell remoting techniques
    3. Using PSSessions
    4. Lab: Using basic remoting
      1. Enabling remoting on the local computer
      2. Performing one-to-one remoting
      3. Performing one-to-many remoting
    5. Lab: Using PSSessions
      1. Using implicit remoting
      2. Managing multiple computers
  11. Using background jobs and scheduled jobs
    1. Using background jobs
    2. Using scheduled jobs
    3. Lab: Using background jobs and scheduled jobs
      1. Starting and managing jobs
      2. Creating a scheduled job
  12. Using advanced Windows PowerShell techniques
    1. Creating profile scripts
    2. Using advanced techniques
    3. Lab: Practicing advanced techniques
      1. Creating a profile script
      2. Verifying the validity of an IP address
      3. Reporting disk information
      4. Configuring NTFS permissions
      5. Creating user accounts with passwords from a CSV file
Class Materials

Each student will receive 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:

  • Experience with Windows networking technologies and implementation.
  • Experience with Windows Server administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Experience with Windows Client administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Students who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills through practical experience as a Windows system administrator. No prerequisite courses are required.
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