10961:Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell Training

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Yes, this class can be tailored to meet your specific training needs.
Yes, we provide Microsoft Windows Server consulting services.
Yes, group discounts are provided.

Course Description

 
Learn how with Windows PowerShell 3.0, you can remotely manage multiple Windows based servers and automate day to day management and administration tasks. This five day course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to use Windows PowerShell 3.0 for administering and automating administration of Windows based servers. It focuses on primary Windows PowerShell command-line features and techniques, and will provide pre-requisite skills supporting a broad range of Microsoft products, including 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, enhanced 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 Offical Course in Windows PowerShell 3.0.
Course Length: 5 Days
Course Tuition: $2090 (US)

Prerequisites

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.

Course Outline

 

Module 1: Getting Started with Windows PowerShell
In this module students will learn a bit about PowerShell’s purpose and history, and will learn the basics of using the shell, including the help system, command syntax, command discovery and more.

Lessons

    Overview and Background
    Finding and Running Commands

Lab: Configuring Windows PowerShell

    Configure the console application
    Configure the ISE Application

Lab: Finding and Running Basic Commands

    Finding and Running Basic commands

After completing this module, students will be able to:

    Understand Windows PowerShell basic concepts
    Find and Run basic Windows PowerShell commands

Module 2: Working with the Pipeline
In this module students will learn to use PowerShell’s pipeline, along with a number of new commands, to start retrieving, manipulating, and displaying data. An emphasis is placed on proper syntax and form.

Lessons

    Working with the Pipeline
    Exporting, Importing and Converting Data
    Filtering Objects Out of the Pipeline
    Enumerating Objects in the Pipeline

Lab: Working with the Pipeline

    Retrieve data, manipulate objects and customize the final display

Lab: Exporting, Importing and Converting Data

    Import, Export and convert data within Windows PowerShell

Lab: Filtering Objects Out of the Pipeline

    Filter Objects Out of the Pipeline
    Examine Several Commands and Predict Their Output

Lab: Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline

    Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline and perform specific tasks>>>

After completing this module, students will be able to:

    Work with the Pipeline
    Export, Import and Convert data
    Filter Objects out of the Pipeline
    Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline

Module 3: Understanding How the Pipeline Works
In this module students will learn the underlying details of how commands are passed from one command to another in the pipeline. Having seen it in action, they’ll now get to see some of the theory under the hood. The emphasis will be in the ByValue and ByPropertyName techniques, with demonstrations that illustrate effective uses of each. Students will also learn techniques that can be used in lieu of pipeline binding, for when such binding is unavailable or ineffective.

Lessons

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

Lab: Working with Pipeline Parameter Binding

    Examine Several Commands and Predict Whether or Not They Will Work as Written
    Construct new Commands that Utilize Pipeline Parameter Binding

After completing this module, students will be able to:

    Pass Data in the Pipeline ByValue
    Pass Data in the Pipeline ByPropertyName

Module 4: Using PSProviders and PSDrives
In this module students will learn about PSProviders and PSDrives, and learn to use –Item* commands to manipulate items within a PSDrive.

Lessons

    Understanding PSProviders and PSDrives
    Using PSDrives

Lab: PSProviders and PSDrives

    Using PSProviders and PSDrives

After completing this module, students will be able to:

    Use PSProviders and PSDrives

Module 5: Formatting Output
In this module students will learn to manipulate command output to create customized on-screen, text file, and hardcopy results

Lessons

    Using Basic Formatting
    Using Advanced Formatting
    Redirecting Formatted Output

Lab: Formatting Output

    Use Formatting cmdlets to customize those cmdlets output

After completing this module, students will be able to:

    Use Basic Formatting
    Use Advanced Formatting
    Redirect Formatted Output

Module 6: Using WMI and CIM
In this module students will learn to use Windows Management Instrumentation / Common Information Model (WMI/CIM) to retrieve, and in some cases, modify management information about local and remote computers.

Lessons

    Understanding WMI/CIM
    Querying Data with WMI/CIM
    Making Changes with WMI/CIM

Lab: Working with WMI and CIM

    Locate and Query WMI Classes to retrieve Management Information

After completing this module, students will be able to:

    Understand WMI/CIM
    Query Data with WMI/CIM
    Make Changes with WMI/CIM

Module 7: Prepare for Scripting
In this module students will learn about pre-requisite features to writing PowerShell scripts, including variables and PowerShell’s scripting security features.

Lessons

    Using Variables
    Scripting Security
    Working with Alternate Credentials

Lab: Working with Security in PowerShell

    Configure Execution Policy
    Create and Use Alternate Credentials

After completing this module, students will be able to:

    Use Variables
    Script Security
    Work with Alternate Credentials

Module 8: Moving From a Command to a Script to a Module
In this module students will learn to take a command that runs well in the console, and turn it into a reusable script. A number of important concepts, such as error handling, will be introduced – but not explored in extreme depth. Students will be taught enough to be “immediately effective” with these concepts, but not given an exhaustive education. The point is to get them started in an effective fashion using best practices, and to give them a basis for further independent exploration.

Lessons

    Moving From Command to Script
    Moving From Script to Function to Module
    Implementing Basic Error Handling
    Using Basic Scripting Constructs
    Further Exploration in Scripting

Lab: Moving From Command to Script

    Convert a Functioning command into a parameterized Script

Lab: Moving From Script to Function to Module

    Encapsulate a Script into a Function, Turn the script into a Module and add debugging

Lab: Implementing Basic Error Handling

    Add Basic Error Handling capabilities to a Script

Lab: Adding Logic to a Script

    Add a function to a Script

After completing this module, students will be able to:

    Move From Command to Script
    Move From Script to Function to Module
    Implement Basic Error Handling
    Use Basic Scripting Constructs
    Understand Advanced functions and Scripting Constructs

Module 9: Administering Remote Computers
In this module students will learn how to configure and use PowerShell Remoting

Lessons

    Using Basic Remoting
    Using Remote Sessions
    Using Remoting for Delegated Administration

Lab: Working with Remoting
Enable Remoting

    Remotely Manage Machines

Lab: Working with PSSessions

    Import a Module from a Remote Machines
    Establish and Use Connections with several computers

Lab: Remoting for Delegated Administration

    Create and Register a Custom Session Configuration
    Test the Custom Session Configuration

After completing this module, students will be able to:

    Use Basic Remoting
    Use Remote Sessions
    Use Remoting for Delegated Administration

Module 10: Putting it All Together
In this module students will utilize much of what they’ve learned to this point in a practical, from-scratch-exercise to configure a newly-installed Server Core computer.

Lessons

    Planning the Script

Lab: Configuring a New Server Core Installation

    Determine Server Cores IP Address
    Add Server Core Computers IP Address to local TrustedHosts list
    Add the Server Core Computer to a Domain and Configure a DHCP reservation
    Add Specified Roles and features to the Server Core Computer

After completing this module, students will be able to:

    Plan your Windows PowerShell Script
    Configure Server Core computers using Windows PowerShell

Module 11: Using Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs
In this module students will learn to create and manage background jobs and scheduled jobs.

Lessons

    Using Background Jobs
    Using Scheduled Jobs

Lab: Working with Background Jobs

    Start Background Job
    Manage Existing Jobs

Lab: Working with Scheduled Jobs

    Create, run and retrieve data using Scheduled Jobs

Module 12: Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques and Profiles
In this module students will learn several additional techniques and feature of Windows PowerShell.

Lessons

    Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques
    Creating Profile Scripts

Lab: Practicing Advanced Techniques

    Practice Advanced Techniques
    Create a Profile Script that defines several parameter defaults

After completing this module, students will be able to:

    Use Advanced PowerShell Techniques
    Create Profile Scripts

 

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