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    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.

    Audience Profile

    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


    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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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


    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/Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8/Windows 8.1 would be of benefit but is not essential.


    Online Event


    Live Online Training

    Get the same training you expect in the classroom without leaving your office or home. These are NOT recorded classes. They are LIVE sessions with an expert instructor. We use the latest in video conferencing technologies and audio so you can confidently participate in any class just like being right there in person. We guarantee the effectiveness of our online training delivery approach that we will give you your money back if you are not totally satisfied.  Ask us for a demo.

    Online class requirements:

    • Moderate to fast Internet
    • A phone or computer headset is required in order to hear the instructor/moderator). You can use Computer Audio (VoIP) or you can dial in from a regular phone.  For convenience, we recommend a hands-free headset or phone.
    • Training software must be installed on your computer (trial versions are acceptable)
    • RECOMMENDED: Dual Monitors or computers. For optimal online learning experience, we recommend participants have dual monitors or two computers. Your online classroom credentials allow you to join multiple times from multiple computers. Participants should use one monitor or computer to view the instructor’s shared screen and another monitor or computer to work with the software.

    What happens when you enroll in an online class

    When you register for an online class, you will receive a welcome email followed by login access to the Citrix GoToTraining virtual classroom. A workbook (printed copy or eBook) will be sent to you prior to the start of class.

    Online Training Advantages

    Convenience: You don’t have to travel and can attend from your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection. Our online classes are conducted using GoToTraining, a more robust version of the popular GoToMeeting screen sharing and conferencing platform. To accommodate multiple time zones, courses are typically scheduled from 10am – 5pm Eastern with a one-hour lunch break at 12:30 – 1:30 pm Eastern and a 10-minute break in the morning and afternoon. When conducting custom online course for your group, class times can be modified to accommodate your timezone.

    Interactive Learning: Our online training is fully interactive. You can speak and chat with the instructor and classmates at any time. Various interactive techniques are used in every class. Our small class sizes (typically 4 – 8 students), allow our instructors to focus on individual performance and issues and to work closely with you to meet your unique needs. Classes are designed to be a hands-on learning experience, providing opportunities for you to try your new skills while the instructor is available for review, questions, and feedback. You have the option to give the instructor permission to view your computer to provide one-on-one assistance when needed.

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