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MS-10962 - Advanced Automated Administration with Windows PowerShell

This three-day course is a follow on course from the 10961B: Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell course. It 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.

Expand and build upon the knowledge already acquired in course 10961B and focus on building more scalable and usable Windows PowerShell scripts for use in your organization by building your own Windows PowerShell tools. Learn about areas such as the creation of advanced functions, script modules, advanced parameters attributes and controller scripts. Also learn how to make your scripts more robust by learning about handling script errors and the analysis and debugging Windows PowerShell scripts. The course will also cover the use of Windows PowerShell cmdlets with .NET Framework as well as teaching how to configure your Windows Servers using Desired State Configuration and providing an understanding of Windows PowerShell workflow.

The detailed hands on labs and in depth content and learning will help remove manual tasks that you may currently have to perform as an Administrator, allowing you to make your own Windows PowerShell tools for automated, repeated, accurate management and provisioning of your Windows Server infrastructure.

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Before attending this course, students must have:
  • 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 have experience in administering and supporting Application servers and services including applications like Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL.

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Creating Advanced Functions

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

Module 2: Using Cmdlets and Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell

Running Windows PowerShell Commands
Using Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell

Module 3: Writing Controller Scripts

Understanding Controller Scripts
Writing Controller Scripts that Show a User Interface

Module 4: Handling Script Errors

Understanding Error Handling
Handling Errors in a Script

Module 5: Using XML Data Files

Reading, Manipulating and Writing Data in XML

Module 6: Managing Server Configurations by Using Desired State Configuration

Understanding Desired State Configuration
Creating and Deploying a DSC Configuration

Module 7: Analyzing and Debugging Scripts

Debugging in Windows PowerShell
Analyzing and Debugging and Existing Script

Module 8: Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow

Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow