About this course
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 five day 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.
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 Official Course in Windows PowerShell 4.0.
This 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
At course completion
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
- 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/Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8/Windows 8.1 would be of benefit but is not essential.
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.
- Overview and Background
- Finding and Running Commands
Lab: Configuring Windows PowerShell
Lab: Finding and Running Basic Commands
- Understand Windows PowerShell basic concepts
- Find and Run basic Windows PowerShell commands
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.
- 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
Lab: Exporting, Importing and Converting Data
Lab: Filtering Objects Out of the Pipeline
Lab: Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline
- Work with the Pipeline
- Export, Import and Convert data
- Filter Objects out of the Pipeline
- Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline
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.
- Passing Data in the Pipeline ByValue
- Passing Data in the Pipeline ByPropertyName
Lab: Working with Pipeline Parameter Binding
- Pass Data in the Pipeline ByValue
- Pass Data in the Pipeline ByPropertyName
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.
- Understanding PSProviders and PSDrives
- Using PSDrives
Lab: PSProviders and PSDrives
- Use PSProviders and PSDrives
In this module students will learn to manipulate command output to create customized on-screen, text file, and hardcopy results
- Using Basic Formatting
- Using Advanced Formatting
- Redirecting Formatted Output
Lab: Formatting Output
- Use Basic Formatting
- Use Advanced Formatting
- Redirect Formatted Output
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.
- Understanding WMI/CIM
- Querying Data with WMI/CIM
- Making Changes with WMI/CIM
Lab: Working with WMI and CIM
- Understand WMI/CIM
- Query Data with WMI/CIM
- Make Changes with WMI/CIM
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.
- Using Variables
- Scripting Security
- Working with Alternate Credentials
Lab: Working with Security in PowerShell
- Use Variables
- Script Security
- Work with Alternate Credentials
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.
- 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
Lab: Moving From Script to Function to Module
Lab: Implementing Basic Error Handling
Lab: Adding Logic to a Script
- 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
Administering Remote Computers
In this module students will learn how to configure and use PowerShell Remoting
- Using Basic Remoting
- Using Remote Sessions
- Using Remoting for Delegated Administration
Lab: Working with Remoting
Lab: Working with PSSessions
Lab: Remoting for Delegated Administration
- Use Basic Remoting
- Use Remote Sessions
- Use Remoting for Delegated Administration
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.
- Planning the Script
Lab: Configuring a New Server Core Installation
- Plan your Windows PowerShell Script
- Configure Server Core computers using Windows PowerShell
Using Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs
In this module students will learn to create and manage background jobs and scheduled jobs.
- Using Background Jobs
- Using Scheduled Jobs
Lab: Working with Background Jobs
Lab: Working with Scheduled Jobs
Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques and Profiles
In this module students will learn several additional techniques and feature of Windows PowerShell.
- Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques
- Creating Profile Scripts
Lab: Practicing Advanced Techniques
- Use Advanced PowerShell Techniques
- Create Profile Scripts