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Advanced Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell

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  • Overview

    Learn how to automate and streamline day to day management and administration tasks and functions in your Windows Server Infrastructure.

    This three-day course is a follow on course from the 10961B: Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell course. It is built on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 and while it is specifically focussed on Windows PowerShell v4.0, is also relevant in v2.0 and v3.0 Windows PowerShell environments.

    Expand and build upon the knowledge already acquired in course 10961B and focus on building more scalable and usable Windows PowerShell scripts for use in your organization by building your own Windows PowerShell tools. Learn about areas such as the creation of advanced functions, script modules, advanced parameters attributes and controller scripts. Also learn how to make your scripts more robust by learning about handling script errors and the analysis and debugging Windows PowerShell scripts. The course will also cover the use of Windows PowerShell cmdlets with .NET Framework as well as teaching how to configure your Windows Servers using Desired State Configuration and providing an understanding of Windows PowerShell workflow.

    The detailed hands on labs and in depth content and learning will help remove manual tasks that you may currently have to perform as an Administrator, allowing you to make your own Windows PowerShell tools for automated, repeated, accurate management and provisioning of your Windows Server infrastructure.

  • Who Should Take This Course

    AUDIENCE

    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 such as Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL. System, Infrastructure and Application Administrators working in a Windows or Windows hybrid environment will all find this course relevant to their day to day jobs and future career and skills development.

    The course is also intended for IT Professionals who want to build upon existing Windows PowerShell knowledge and skill to learn how to build their own tools for broader general use in their organization, using any Microsoft or independent software vendor (ISV) product that supports Windows PowerShell manageability.
    At Course Completion
    After completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Create Advanced Functions
    • Use Cmdlets and Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell
    • Write Controller Scripts
    • Handle Script Errors
    • Use XML Data Files
    • Manage Server Configurations by Using Desired State Configuration
    • Analyze and Debugging Scripts
    • Understand Windows PowerShell Workflow

    PREREQUISITES

    Before attending this course, students must have:

    Knowledge and experience working with Windows PowerShell or knowledge equivalent to the content covered in course “Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell”.

    Experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration or already experience in administering and supporting Application servers and services including applications like Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL.

  • Schedule
  • Course Outline

    Module 1: Creating Advanced Functions
    In this module students will learn how to parameterize a command into an advanced function. It is designed to teach several key principles in a single logical sequence, by using frequent hands-on exercises to reinforce new skills.

    Lessons:

    • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function
    • Creating a Script Module
    • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
    • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects
    • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
    • Producing Complex Function Output
    • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help
    • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm

    Lab : Converting a Command into an Advanced Function

    • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function

    Lab : Creating a Script Module

    • Creating a Script Module

    Lab : Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation

    • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation

    Lab : Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects

    • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects

    Lab : Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input

    • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input

    Lab : Producing Complex Function Output

    • Producing Complex Function Output

    Lab : Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help

    • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help

    Lab : Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm

    • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Convert a Command into an Advanced Function
    • Create a Script Module
    • Define Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
    • Write Functions that use Multiple Objects
    • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
    • Produce Complex Function Output
    • Document Functions by using Content-Based Help
    • Support -Whatif and -Confirm

    Module 2: Using Cmdlets and Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShellWindows
    PowerShell provides commands that accomplish many of the tasks that you will need in a production environment. Sometimes, a command is not available but the .NET Framework provides an alternate means of accomplishing a task. Because Windows PowerShell is built on the .NET Framework, it is able to access those alternate means. In this module, you will learn how to discover and run Windows PowerShell commands, and how to use .NET Framework components from inside Windows PowerShell. These two techniques will provide you with the most flexibility and capability for accomplishing tasks in a production environment.

    Lessons:

    • Running Windows PowerShell Commands
    • Using Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell

    Lab : Using .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell

    • Using Static and Instance Members

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Run Windows PowerShell commands
    • Use Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell

    Module 3: Writing Controller Scripts
    In this module, students will learn how to combine tools – advanced functions that perform a specific task – and a controller script that provides a user interface or automates a business process

    Lessons:

    • Understanding Controller Scripts
    • Writing Controller Scripts that Show a User Interface

    Lab : Writing Controller Scripts that Display a User Interface

    • Write Functions to be Used in the Controller Script
    • Write a Controller Script that Implements a Text-Based Menu

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Understand Controller Scripts
    • Write Controller Scripts that show a User Interface

    Module 4: Handling Script Errors
    In this module, students will learn how to perform basic error handling in scripts. The focus will be about how to add error handling to existing tools, primarily as a time-saving mechanism (instead of having students write new tools). A side benefit of this approach is that it will help build the skills that you must have to analyze and reuse existing code written by someone else.

    Lessons:

    • Understanding Error Handling
    • Handling Errors in a Script

    Lab : Handling Errors in a Script

    • Handling Errors in a Script

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Understand Error Handling
    • Handle Errors in a Script

    Module 5: Using XML Data Files
    In this module, students will learn how to read, manipulate, and write data in XML files. XML files provide a robust, yet straightforward way to store both flat and hierarchical data. XML files are more flexible than CSV, more accessible for small amounts of data than SQL Server, and easier to code against that Excel automation.

    Lessons:

    • Reading, Manipulating and Writing Data in XML

    Lab : Reading, Manipulating and Writing Data in XML

    • Test the Provided Tools
    • Update an XML Inventory Document

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Reading, Manipulating and Writing Data in XML

    Module 6: Managing Server Configurations by Using Desired State Configuration
    In this module, students will learn how to write Desired State Configuration (DSC) configuration files, deploy those files to servers, and monitor servers’ configurations.

    Lessons:

    • Understanding Desired State Configuration
    • Creating and Deploying a DSC Configuration

    Lab : Creating and Deploying a DSC Configuration

    • Write, Run and Push a DSC Configuration

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Understand Desired State Configuration
    • Create and Deploy a DSC Configuration

    Module 7: Analyzing and Debugging Scripts
    In this module, students will learn how to use native Windows PowerShell features to analyze and debug existing scripts. These skills are also useful when students have to debug their own scripts.

    Lessons:

    • Debugging in Windows PowerShell
    • Analyzing and Debugging and Existing Script

    Lab : Analyzing and Debugging and Existing Scrip

    • Analyzing and Debugging and Existing Script

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Analyze and Debug a script

    Module 8: Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow
    In this module, students will learn about the features of the Windows PowerShell Workflow technology.

    Lessons:

    • Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow
  • FAQs
    Is there a discount available for current students?

    UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Online courses are excluded from this offer.

    What is the cancellation and refund policy?

    Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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