MS-10961 - Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell

This course 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.

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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: Cmdlets for administration

Active Directory administration cmdlets
Network configuration cmdlets
Other server administration cmdlets

Module 3: Working with the Windows PowerShell pipeline

Understanding the pipeline
Selecting, sorting, and measuring objects
Filtering objects out of the pipeline
Enumerating objects in the pipeline
Sending pipeline data as output

Module 4: Understanding how the pipeline works

Passing the pipeline data
Advanced considerations for pipeline data

Module 5: Using PSProviders and PSDrives

Using PSProviders
Using PSDrives

Module 6: Querying system information by using WMI and CIM

Understanding WMI and CIM
Querying data by using WMI and CIM
Making changes with WMI/CIM

Module 7: Working with variables, arrays, and hash tables

Using variables.
Manipulating variables.
Manipulating arrays and hash tables

Module 8: Basic scripting

Introduction to scripting
Scripting constructs
Importing data from files

Module 9: Advanced scripting

Accepting user input
Overview of script documentation
Troubleshooting and error handling
Functions and modules

Module 10: Administering Remote Computers

Using basic Windows PowerShell remoting
Using advanced Windows PowerShell remoting techniques
Using PSSessions

Module 11: Using background jobs and scheduled jobs

Using background jobs
Using scheduled jobs

Module 12: Using advanced Windows PowerShell techniques

Creating profile scripts
Using advanced techniques