10961 Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell
9/13/2021 - 9/17/2021
10/18/2021 - 10/22/2021
11/29/2021 - 12/3/2021


COURSE COST: $2495.00

COURSE TIMES: 9:00am - 4:30pm

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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.


This course is intended for IT Professionals who are already experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration, and who want to learn more about using Windows PowerShell for administration. No prior experience with any version of Windows PowerShell, or any scripting language, is assumed. This course is also suitable for IT Professionals already experienced in server administration, including Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, SQL Server, System Center, and others.

Experience with Windows networking technologies and implementation.
Experience with Windows Server administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Experience with Windows Client administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting
Students who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills through practical experience as a Windows system administrator. No prerequisite courses are required


*Course Cost listed does not include the cost of the courseware. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact us (learn@vtec.org or 207-775-0244). This course is subject to minimum enrollment to run. If the mimimum enrollment is not met than this class can run as an virtual instructor led course.


Module 1: Getting Started with Windows PowerShell
Overview and background of Windows PowerShell
Understanding command syntax
Finding commands
Lab : Configuring Windows PowerShell
Lab : Finding and running basic commands

Module 2: Cmdlets for administration
Active Directory administration cmdlets
Network configuration cmdlets
Other server administration cmdlets
Lab : Windows Administration
Creating and managing Active Directory objects
Configuring network settings on Windows Server
Creating a web site

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
Lab : Using the pipeline
Lab : Filtering objects
Lab : Enumerating objects
Lab : Sending output to a file

Module 4: Understanding how the pipeline works
Passing the pipeline data
Advanced considerations for pipeline data
Lab : Working with pipeline parameter binding
Predicting pipeline behaviour

Module 5: Using PSProviders and PSDrives
Using PSProviders
Using PSDrives
Lab : Using PSProviders and PSDrives
Creating files and folders on a remote computer
Creating a registry key for your future scripts
Create a new Active Directory group

Module 6: Querying Management Information by Using WMI and CIM
Understanding WMI and CIM
Querying Data with WMI and CIM
Making Changes by Using WMI and CIM
Lab : Working with WMI and CIM
Querying information by using WMI
Querying information by using CIM
Invoking methods

Module 7: Working with variables, arrays, and hash tables
Using Variables
Manipulating variables.
Manipulating arrays and hash tables.
Lab : Working with variables
Working with variable types
Using arrays
Using hash tables

Module 8: Basic scripting
Introduction to scripting
Scripting constructs
Importing data from files
Lab : Basic scripting
Setting a script
Processing an array with a ForEach loop
Processing items by using If statements
Creating a random password
Creating users based on a CSV file

Module 9: Advanced scripting
Accepting user input
Overview of script documentation
Troubleshooting and error handling
Functions and modules
Lab : Accepting data from users
Querying disk information from remote computers
Updating the script to use alternate credentials
Documenting a script
Lab : Implementing functions and modules
Creating a logging function
Adding error handling to a script
Converting a function to a module

Module 10: Administering Remote Computers
Using basic Windows PowerShell remoting
Using advanced Windows PowerShell remoting techniques
Using PSSessions
Lab : Using basic remoting
Enabling remoting on the local computer
Performing one-to-one remoting
Performing one-to-many remoting
Lab : Using PSSessions
Using implicit remoting
Managing multiple computers

Module 11: Using background jobs and scheduled jobs
Using background jobs
Using scheduled jobs
Lab : Using background jobs and scheduled jobs
Starting and managing jobs
Creating a scheduled job

Module 12: Using advanced Windows PowerShell techniques
Creating profile scripts
Using advanced techniques
Lab : Practicing advanced techniques
Creating a profile script
Verifying the validity of an IP address
Reporting disk information
Configuring NTFS permissions
Creating user accounts with passwords from a CSV file
Lab : Practicing script development (optional)

After completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the functionality of Windows PowerShell and use it to run and find basic commands.
Identify and run cmdlets for server administration.
Work with Windows PowerShell pipeline.
Describe the techniques Windows PowerShell pipeline uses.
Use PSProviders and PSDrives to work with other forms of storage.
Query system information by using WMI and CIM.
Work with variables, arrays, and hash tables.
Write basic scripts in Windows PowerShell.
Write advanced scripts in Windows PowerShell.
Administer remote computers.
Use background jobs and scheduled jobs.
Use advanced Windows PowerShell techniques.