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Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell (AZ-040)
Learn to use PowerShell to administer and automate administration of Windows servers.
This course provides you with the fundamental knowledge and skills to use PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows servers. You will learn the skills to identify and build the command they require to perform a specific task. In addition, you will 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 Azure, and Microsoft 365. 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.
Successful completion of this course will increase your knowledge and ability 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
Module 1: Getting Started with Windows PowerShellIn 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.Lessons• Overview and Background• Finding and Running CommandsLab : Configuring Windows PowerShell• Configure the console application• Configure the ISE ApplicationLab : Finding and Running Basic Commands• Finding and Running Basic commandsModule 2: Working with the PipelineIn 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.Lessons• Working with the Pipeline• Exporting, Importing and Converting Data• Filtering Objects Out of the Pipeline• Enumerating Objects in the PipelineLab : Working with the Pipeline• Retrieve data, manipulate objects and customise the final displayLab : Exporting, Importing and Converting Data• Import, Export and convert data within Windows PowerShellLab : Filtering Objects Out of the Pipeline• Filter Objects Out of the Pipeline• Examine Several Commands and Predict Their OutputLab : Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline• Enumerate Objects in the Pipeline and perform specific tasks>>>Module 3: Understanding How the Pipeline WorksIn 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.Lessons• Passing Data in the Pipeline ByValue• Passing Data in the Pipeline ByPropertyNameLab : Working with Pipeline Parameter Binding• Examine Several Commands and Predict Whether or Not They Will Work as Written• Construct new Commands that Utilize Pipeline Parameter BindingModule 4: Using PSProviders and PSDrivesIn this module students will learn about PSProviders and PSDrives, and learn to use –Item* commands to manipulate items within a PSDrive.Lessons• Understanding PSProviders and PSDrives• Using PSDrivesLab : PSProviders and PSDrives• Using PSProviders and PSDrivesModule 5: Formatting OutputIn this module students will learn to manipulate command output to create customized on-screen, text file, and hardcopy resultsLessons• Using Basic Formatting• Using Advanced Formatting• Redirecting Formatted OutputLab : Formatting Output• Use Formatting cmdlets to customize those cmdlets outputModule 6: Using WMI and CIMIn 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.Lessons• Understanding WMI/CIM• Querying Data with WMI/CIM• Making Changes with WMI/CIMLab : Working with WMI and CIM• Locate and Query WMI Classes to retrieve Management InformationModule 7: Prepare for ScriptingIn this module students will learn about pre-requisite features to writing PowerShell scripts, including variables and PowerShell’s scripting security features.Lessons• Using Variables• Scripting Security• Working with Alternate CredentialsLab : Working with Security in PowerShell• Configure Execution Policy• Create and Use Alternate Credentials
Module 8: Moving From a Command to a Script to a ModuleIn 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.Lessons• Moving From Command to Script• Moving From Script to Function to Module• Implementing Basic Error Handling• Using Basic Scripting Constructs• Further Exploration in ScriptingLab : Moving From Command to Script• Convert a Functioning command into a parameterized ScriptLab : Moving From Script to Function to Module• Encapsulate a Script into a Function, Turn the script into a Module and add debuggingLab : Implementing Basic Error Handling• Add Basic Error Handling capabilities to a ScriptLab : Adding Logic to a Script• Add a function to a ScriptModule 9: Administering Remote ComputersIn this module students will learn how to configure and use PowerShell RemotingLessons• Using Basic Remoting• Using Remote Sessions• Using Remoting for Delegated AdministrationLab : Working with Remoting• Enable Remoting• Remotely Manage MachinesLab : Working with PSSessions• Import a Module from a Remote Machines• Establish and Use Connections with several computersLab : Remoting for Delegated Administration• Create and Register a Custom Session Configuration•Test the Custom Session ConfigurationModule 10: Putting it All TogetherIn 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.Lessons• Planning the ScriptLab : Configuring a New Server Core Installation• Determine Server Cores IP Address• Add Server Core Computers IP Address to local TrustedHosts list• Add the Server Core Computer to a Domain and Configure a DHCP reservation•Add Specified Roles and features to the Server Core ComputerModule 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 JobsLab : Working with Background Jobs•Start Background Job•Manage Existing JobsLab : Working with Scheduled Jobs•Create, run and retrieve data using Scheduled JobsModule 12: Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques and ProfilesIn this module students will learn several additional techniques and feature of Windows PowerShell.Lessons•Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques•Creating Profile ScriptsLab : Practicing Advanced Techniques•Practice Advanced Techniques•Create a Profile Script that defines several parameter defaultsView outline in Word
MCSA: Windows Server
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.
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