OD10961 - Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell

Self-paced (3 months access)

Learn how with Windows PowerShell 4.0, you can remotely manage multiple Windows based servers and automate day to day management and administration tasks.

The course 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

This On-Demand Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC)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 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.

This On-Demand Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC)courseyou 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.

This module covers the Windows PowerShell pipeline along with a number of additional techniques and commands, including customising command output, exporting and converting data, sorting objects, filtering objects, and enumerating objects allowing for the overall retrieval, manipulation and displaying of data.

This module explains the purpose and use of Windows PowerShell PSProviders and PSDrives, and shows students how to use these useful components for administrative tasks. Students will also learn to use the -item* commands to manipulate items within a PSDrive.

This module explains Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Common Information Model (CIM), and shows students how to retrieve and in some cases modify management information about local and remote computers.

This module shows students how to take a command that runs well in the console and turn it into a parameterised, reusable script, and how to evolve that script into a standalone script module. Students will learn the foundations needed to create their own reusable tools.

This module offers students an opportunity to use everything they have learned so far. Students will discover, learn, and run commands that perform a complex, real-world administrative task.

This module introduces students to Windows PowerShell, its purpose and history. The module will also cover the basics of using the shell, including the help system, command syntax, command discovery explaining the use of the two built-in host applications.
Lessons

  • Overview and Background
  • Finding and Learning Commands
  • Running Commands
Lab : Configuring Windows PowerShell
Lab : Finding and Running Basic Commands
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Open and configure Windows PowerShell
  • Discover, learn, and run Windows PowerShell commands
  • Run commands by using correct command and parameter syntax

This module explains the underlying details of how Windows PowerShell passes objects from command to command within the pipeline. Having seen it in action in the previous module will now get to see some of the theory under the hood. The emphasis will be on two specific techniques used by the shell and students will learn to explain the pipeline operation, predict command behavior and allows them construct more useful, predictable commands.
Lessons

  • Passing Data in the Pipeline By Value
  • Passing Data in the Pipeline By Property Name
Lab : Working with Pipeline Parameter Binding
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Pass data by using the ByValue technique
  • Pass data by using the ByPropertyName technique

This module demonstrates how to format command output and how to create custom output elements.
Lessons

  • Using Basic Formatting
  • Using Advanced Formatting
  • Redirecting Formatted Output
Lab : Formatting Output
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Format command output by using basic formatting commands
  • Format command output by using advanced formatting options
  • Redirect formatted output

This module prepares students for writing scripts with Windows PowerShell, covering the Windows PowerShell security model and the use of variables.
Lessons

  • Using Variables
  • Scripting Security
Lab : Working with Security in Windows PowerShell
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Create, use, and manage variables
  • Configure shell scripting security

This module explains Windows PowerShell remoting, and shows students how to configure and use remoting to manage multiple remote computers.
Lessons

  • Using Basic Remoting
  • Using Advanced Remoting Techniques
  • Using Remoting Sessions
Lab : Using Basic Remoting
Lab : Using Remoting Sessions
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe remoting architecture and security, manually enable remoting, and use remoting for one-to-one and one-to-many connections
  • Pass local variables to remote computers
  • Create and manage persistent remoting sessions, and use implicit remoting

In this module students will learn to create and manage background jobs and scheduled jobs.
Lessons

  • Using Background Jobs
  • Using Scheduled Jobs
Lab : Using Background Jobs
Lab : Using Scheduled Jobs
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Create and manage Background Jobs
  • Create and manage Scheduled Jobs

This module covers a variety of additional advanced Windows PowerShell features and techniques including additional comparison operators, use of alternate credentials, creation of profile scripts, manipulation of strings and date objects.
Lessons

  • Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques
  • Creating Profile Scripts
  • Working With Alternative Credentials
Lab : Practicing Advanced Techniques
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Manipulate data and objects by using advanced techniques and operators
  • Create and manage profile scripts
  • Connect to remote computers by using alternative credentials

This Microsoft 10961 training course is intended for IT Professionals already experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration or already experienced in administering and supporting Application servers and services including applications like Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL. It is broadly intended for students who want to use Windows PowerShell to automate administrative tasks from the command line, using any Microsoft or independent software vendor (ISV) product that supports Windows PowerShell manageability.

This course is not intended to be a scripting or programming course, and includes only basic coverage of scripting and programming topics. Students are not expected to have prior scripting or programming experience, and are not expected to have prior Windows PowerShell experience.

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

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts behind Windows PowerShell
  • Work with the Pipeline
  • Understand How the Pipeline Works
  • Use PSProviders and PSDrives
  • Format Output
  • Use WMI and CIM
  • Prepare for Scripting
  • Moving From a Command to a Script to a Module
  • Administer Remote Computers
  • Put the various Windows PowerShell components together
  • Use Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs
  • Use Advanced PowerShell Techniques and Profiles
Microsoft Official Courses
On-Demand


Free with SATVs

MOC On-Demand: $1,089 (or 2-day SATVs)

for 90 days access, includes videos, online labs, knowledge checks and assessments.


MOC On-Demand plus Digital MOC ebook: $1,430  (or 5-day SATVs)

for 90 days access, includes videos, online labs, knowledge checks, assessments plus unrestricted access to the accompanying MOC eBook

Special Offer! Use your SATVs and get 5 days free access to our tech lab, with one-on-one instructor support through our flexible mentored learning option.

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Students must redeem their OD course from Microsoft within 7 Days. SATV Payment will otherwise not be accepted, and an invoice will be raised.

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