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MS-10961 - Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell

This five day course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills 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 prerequisite skills supporting many different Microsoft products. This includes 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 five day course you will learn to execute and monitor scripts more efficiently through more robust session connectivity, workflow capabilities, improved 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 v4.0

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Before attending this course, students must have:
  • 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 and Windows 8 would be of benefit but is not essential.

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Getting Started with Windows PowerShell

Overview and Background
Finding and Learning Commands
Running Commands

Module 2: Working with the Pipeline

Understanding the Pipeline
Selecting, Sorting, and Measuring Objects
Converting, Exporting, and Importing Objects
Filtering Objects Out of the Pipeline
Enumerating Objects in the Pipeline

Module 3: Understanding How the Pipeline Works

Passing Data in the Pipeline ByValue
Passing Data in the Pipeline ByPropertyName

Module 4: Using PSProviders and PSDrives

Using PSProviders
Using PSDrives

Module 5: Formatting Output

Using Basic Formatting
Using Advanced Formatting
Redirecting Formatted Output

Module 6: Querying Management Information by Using WMI and CIM

Understanding WMI and CIM
Querying Data with WMI and CIM
Making Changes by Using WMI and CIM

Module 7: Prepare for Scripting

Using Variables
Scripting Security

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

Moving From Command to Script
Moving From Script to Function to Module
Implementing Basic Error Handling
Using Basic Scripting Constructs
Exploring Other Scripting Features

Module 9: Administering Remote Computers

Using Basic Remoting
Using Advanced Remoting Techniques
Using Remoting Sessions

Module 10: Putting it All Together

Provisioning a New Server Core Instance

Module 11: Using Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs

Using Background Jobs
Using Scheduled Jobs

Module 12: Using Profiles and Advanced PowerShell Techniques

Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques
Creating Profile Scripts
Working With Alternative Credentials