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Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell

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  • Overview

    Learn how with Windows PowerShell 3.0, you can remotely manage single or 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 prerequisite skills supporting many different Microsoft products. This includes 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, improved 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 v3.0

  • 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 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

    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.
  • Why You Should Take This Course

    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
  • Schedule
  • Course Outline

    Module 1: Getting Started with Windows PowerShell
    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

    • Configure the Windows PowerShell Console Application
    • Configure the Windows PowerShell ISE Application

    Lab : Finding and Running Basic Commands

    • Finding Commands
    • Finding and Running Commands
    • Using “About” Files

    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

    Module 2: Working with the Pipeline
    This module covers the Windows PowerShell pipeline along with a number of additional techniques and commands, including customizing command output, exporting and converting data, sorting objects, filtering objects, and enumerating objects allowing for the overall retrieval, manipulation and displaying of data.

    Lessons:

    • Understanding the Pipeline
    • Selecting, Sorting, and Measuring Objects
    • Converting, Exporting, and Importing Objects
    • Filtering Objects Out of the Pipeline
    • Enumerating Objects in the Pipeline

    Lab : Using the Pipeline

    • Selecting and Sorting Data

    Lab : Converting, Exporting, and Importing Objects

    • Converting Objects
    • Importing and Exporting Objects

    Lab : Filtering Objects

    • Filtering Objects

    Lab : Enumerating Objects

    • Enumerating Objects

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe the purpose of the Windows PowerShell pipeline
    • Manipulate objects in the pipeline
    • Convert, export, and import objects
    • Filter objects out of the pipeline
    • Enumerate objects in the pipeline

    Module 3: Understanding How the Pipeline Works
    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

    • Predicting Pipeline Behavior

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Pass data by using the ByValue technique
    • Pass data by using the ByPropertyName technique

    Module 4: Using PSProviders and PSDrives
    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.

    Lessons

    • Using PSProviders
    • Using PSDrives

    Lab : Using PSProviders and PSDrives

    • Create a New Folder
    • Create a New PSDrive
    • Create a New Registry Key
    • Create a New Registry Setting
    • Modify a WS-Management Setting

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Explain the purpose and use of PSProviders
    • Explain the purpose and use of PSDrives

    Module 5: Formatting Output
    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

    • Formatting Command Output
    • Reproducing Specified 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

    Module 6: Querying Management Information by Using WMI and CIM
    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.

    Lessons

    • 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

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Explain the differences between WMI and CIM
    • Query management information by using WMI and CIM
    • Invoke methods by using WMI and CIM

    Module 7: Preparing for Scripting
    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

    • Configure Security

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Create, use, and manage variables
    • Configure shell scripting security

    Module 8: Moving From a Command to Script to Module
    This module shows students how to take a command that runs well in the console and turn it into a parameterized, 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.

    Lessons:

    • Moving From Command to Script
    • Moving From Script to Function to Module
    • Implementing Basic Error Handling
    • Using Basic Scripting Constructs
    • Exploring Other Scripting Features

    Lab : Moving From Command to Script

    • Test the Command
    • Parameterize Changing Values
    • Add Verbose Output
    • Add Comment-Based Help

    Lab : Moving From Script to Function to Module

    • Convert the Script to a Function
    • Save the Script as a Script Module
    • Add Debugging Breakpoints

    Lab : Implementing Basic Error Handling

    • Add Error Handling to a Function
    • Add Error Handling to a New Function

    Lab : Creating an Advanced Function

    • Test an Existing Command
    • Create a Parameterized Function
    • Handle Multiple Targets
    • Add Error Handling

    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
    • Implement basic scripting constructs
    • Explain additional advanced Windows PowerShell scripting features

    Module 9: Administering Remote Computers
    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

    • Enable Remoting on the Local Computer
    • Performing One-to-One Remoting
    • Performing One-to-Many Remoting

    Lab : Using Remoting Sessions

    • Using Implicit Remoting
    • Multicomputer Management

    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

    Module 10: Putting it All Together
    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.

    Lessons:

    • Provisioning a New Server Core Instance

    Lab : Provisioning a New Server Core Installation

    • Create a Parameterized Script
    • Get the Dynamic IP Address of the New Server Core Computer
    • Create a DHCP Reservation for the Server Core Instance
    • Modify the Local TrustedHosts List
    • Add a Role to the Server Core Instance
    • Add the Server Core Instance to the Domain
    • Test the Completed Script

    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 : Using Background Jobs

    • Starting Jobs
    • Managing Jobs

    Lab : Using Scheduled Jobs

    • Creating a Scheduled Job

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Create and manage Background Jobs
    • Create and manage Scheduled Jobs

    Module 12: Using Profiles and Advanced PowerShell Techniques
    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

    • Using Advanced Techniques
    • Using Alternative Credentials
    • Create a Profile Script

    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
  • 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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