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Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell (M10961)

Learn to remotely manage your Windows-based servers with PowerShell 5.1.

GK# 6457 Vendor# M10961

$2695 - $2995 CAD

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Course Overview


In this training course, you will gain the fundamental knowledge and skills to use Windows PowerShell for automating the administration of your Windows-based servers. You will focus on primary Windows PowerShell command line features and techniques. Learn to execute and monitor scripts more efficiently with more robust session connectivity, workflow capabilities, improved job scheduling, and Windows PowerShell Web Access.

This course incorporates materials from the Official Microsoft Learning Product M10961: Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell, and is taught by official Microsoft instructors.


The course covered a lot of material that I wasn’t expecting to get from a more introductory class on PowerShell. I am much more prepared now to build and troubleshoot scripts in PowerShell than I was from months of teaching myself how to script.

Jonathan B.
Systems Engineer

This course has a 95% overall satisfaction rate in our post-course survey.


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What You'll Learn

  • Basic concepts behind Windows PowerShell
  • Work with the Windows PowerShell Pipeline
  • Use PSProviders and PSDrives to work with other forms of storage
  • Format output
  • Use Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Common Information Model (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


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Windows PowerShell

  • Overview and Background
  • Finding and Running Commands


Cmdlets for administration

  • Active Directory administration cmdlets
  • Network configuration cmdlets
  • Other server administration cmdlets


Working with the Windows PowerShell Pipeline

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


How the Pipeline Works

  • Passing the Pipeline Data
  • Advanced Considerations for Pipeline Data


Using PSProviders and PSDrives

  • PSProviders and PSDrives


Querying System Information Using WMI and CIM

  • Querying Data with WMI/CIM
  • Making Changes with WMI/CIM 


Working with Variables, Arrays, and Hash Tables

  • Using Variables
  • Manipulating Arrays and Hash Tables


Basic Scripting

  • Introduction to Scripting
  • Scripting Constructs
  • Importing Data from Files


Advanced Scripting

  • Accepting User Input
  • Overview of Script Documentation
  • Troubleshooting and Error Handling
  • Functions and Modules


Administering Remote Computers

  • Using Basic Windows PowerShell Remoting
  • Using PSSessions
  • Using Advanced Remoting Techniques


Using Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs

  • Using Background Jobs
  • Using Scheduled Jobs


Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques and Profiles

  • Using Advanced PowerShell Techniques
  • Creating Profile Scripts


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Configure Windows PowerShell

  • Configure the Console Application
  • Configure the ISE Application


Find and Run Basic Commands

  • Finding commands
  • Running commands
  • Using the About files


Windows Administration

  • Creating and managing Active Directory objects
  • Configuring network settings on Windows Server
  • Creating a web site


Use the Pipeline

  • Select and Sort Data


Filtering Objects


Enumerating Objects


Sending Output to a File

  • Exporting user information to a file


Work with Pipeline Parameter Binding

  • Predict Pipeline Behavior


Use PSProviders and PSDrives

  • Create a new folder on a remote computer
  • Create a registry key for future scripts
  • Create a new Active Directory group
  • Work with WMI and CIM
  • Locate and query information with WMI and CIM


Working with Variables

  • Working with variable types
  • Using arrays
  • Using hash tables
  • Using hash tables


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


Accepting Data from Users

  • Querying disk information from remote computers
  • Updating the script to use alternate credentials
  • Documenting a script


Implementing Functions and Modules

  • Creating a logging function
  • Adding error handling to a script
  • Converting a function to a module


Using Basic Remoting

  • Enabling remoting on the local computer
  • Performing one-to-one remoting
  • Performing one-to-many remoting


Using PSSessions

  • Using implicit remoting
  • Managing multiple computers

Using Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs

  • Starting and managing jobs
  • Creating a scheduled job

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



Students who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills through practical experience as a Windows system administrator.

  • Experience with Windows networking technologies and implementation.
  • Experience with Windows Server and Windows Client administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

Who Should Attend

  • IT Professionals already experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration or already experienced in administering and supporting application servers and services, including Exchange, SharePoint, SQL, etc.
  • 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

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Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 5 day

Virtual Classroom Live

Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 5 day

Blended Live

Experience the best of instructor-led training and the flexibility of on-demand learning.

Live Duration: 6 sessions
On-Demand: 3 months

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