MS-10962 - Advanced Automated Administration with Windows PowerShell

This is a three-day course that will teach students 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 Desired State Configuration (DSC) and Just Enough Administration (JEA) to configure and secure servers.

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In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge:
  • Experience with Windows networking technologies and implementation.
  • Experience with Windows Server administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Experience with Windows Client administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Experience with using Windows PowerShell to run commands and to create basic non-modularized scripts.

Students who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills through practical experience as a Windows System Administrator. Course 10961: Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell is strongly recommended to obtain prerequisite skills in Windows PowerShell.

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 accept pipeline input
Producing complex pipeline output
Documenting functions by using comment-based help
Supporting –WhatIf and -Confirm

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

Using Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell
Using REST API in Windows PowerShell

Module 3: Writing controller scripts

Introducing controller scripts
Writing controller scripts that display a user interface
Writing controller scripts that produce reports

Module 4: Handling script errors

Understanding error handling
Handling errors and timeouts in a script

Module 5: Using XML, JSON, and custom-formatted data

Reading, manipulating, and writing XML-formatted data
Reading, manipulating, and writing JSON-formatted data
Reading and manipulating custom-formatted data

Module 6: Enhancing server management with Desired State Configuration and Just Enough Administration

Understanding Desired State Configuration
Creating and deploying a DSC configuration
Implementing Just Enough Administration

Module 7: Analyzing and debugging scripts

Debugging in Windows PowerShell
Analyzing and debugging an existing script

Module 8: Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow

Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow