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Microsoft 10961 – Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell

  • Length 5 days
  • Price $4290 inc GST
  • Version C
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Why study this course

This 5 day course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to use Windows PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows servers. This course provides students the skills to identify and build the command they require to perform a specific task. In addition, students 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 Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft 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 products, will serve as the example for the techniques this course teaches.

Please note: This course is due to retire on 30 December 2021.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the functionality of Windows PowerShell and use it to run and find basic commands.

  • Identify and run cmdlets for server administration.

  • Work with Windows PowerShell pipeline.

  • Describe the techniques Windows PowerShell pipeline uses.

  • Use PSProviders and PSDrives to work with other forms of storage.

  • Query system information by using WMI and CIM.

  • Work with variables, arrays, and hash tables.

  • Write basic scripts in Windows PowerShell.

  • Write advanced scripts in Windows PowerShell.

  • Administer remote computers.

  • Use background jobs and scheduled jobs.

  • Use advanced Windows PowerShell techniques.

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Who is the course for?

This course is intended for IT Professionals who are already experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration, and who want to learn more about using Windows PowerShell for administration. Candidates for this training course will benefit from some exposure to PowerShell or a scripting language.

This course is also suitable for IT Professionals already experienced in server administration, including Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, SQL Server, System Center, and others.

We can also deliver and customise this training course for larger groups – saving your organisation time, money and resources. For more information, please contact us on 1800 853 276.

Course subjects

Module 1: Getting started with Windows PowerShellThis module will introduce you to Windows PowerShell and provide an overview of the product’s functionality. The module shows you how to open and configure the shell for use and how to run commands within the shell. The module also introduces the built-in Help system in Windows PowerShell.


  • Overview and background of Windows PowerShell

  • Understanding command syntax

  • Finding commands

Lab : Configuring Windows PowerShell

  • Configuring the Windows PowerShell console

  • Configuring the Windows PowerShell ISE application

  • Lab : Finding and running basic commands

  • Finding commands

  • Running commands

  • Using the About files

Module 2: Cmdlets for administrationThis module introduces you to the cmdlets commonly used for administration. While you can search for cmdlets each time you need to accomplish a task, it is more efficient to have at least a basic understanding of the cmdlets available for system administration.


  • Active Directory administration cmdlets

  • Network configuration cmdlets

  • Other server administration cmdlets

Lab : Windows Administration

  • Creating and managing Active Directory objects

  • Configuring network settings on Windows Server

  • Creating a web site

Module 3: Working with the Windows PowerShell pipelineThis module introduces the pipeline feature of Windows PowerShell. Although the pipeline feature is included in several command-line shells such as the command prompt in the Windows operating system, the pipeline feature in Windows PowerShell provides more complex, more flexible, and more capable functionalities compared to other shells. This module provides you with the skills and knowledge that will help you use the shell more effectively and efficiently.


  • Understanding the pipeline

  • Selecting, sorting, and measuring objects

  • Filtering objects out of the pipeline

  • Enumerating objects in the pipeline

  • Sending pipeline data as output

Lab : Using the pipeline

  • Selecting, sorting, and displaying data

Lab : Filtering objects

  • Filtering objects

Lab : Enumerating objects

  • Enumerating objects

Lab : Sending output to a file

  • Exporting user information to a file

Module 4: Understanding how the pipeline worksThis module shows you how Windows PowerShell passes objects from one command to another in the pipeline. The shell provides two techniques that you can use. Knowing how these techniques work, and which one will be used in a given scenario, lets you construct more useful and complex command lines.


  • Passing the pipeline data

  • Advanced considerations for pipeline data

Lab : Working with pipeline parameter binding

  • Predicting pipeline behaviour

Module 5: Using PSProviders and PSDrivesThis module introduces the PSProviders and PSDrives adapters. A PSProvider is basically a Windows PowerShell adapter that makes some form of storage resemble a disk drive. A PSDrive is an actual connection to a form of storage. You can use these two adapters to work with various forms of storage by using the same commands and techniques that you use to manage the file system.


  • Using PSProviders

  • Using PSDrives

Lab : Using PSProviders and PSDrives

  • Creating files and folders on a remote computer

  • Creating a registry key for your future scripts

  • Create a new Active Directory group

Module 6: Querying system information by using WMI and CIMThis module introduces you to two parallel technologies: Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Common Information Model (CIM). Both these technologies provide local and remote access to a repository of management information including access to robust information available from the operating system, computer hardware, and installed software.


  • Understanding WMI and CIM

  • Querying data by using WMI and CIM

  • Making changes with WMI/CIM

Lab : Working with WMI and CIM

  • Querying information by using WMI

  • Querying information by using CIM

  • Invoking methods

Module 7: Working with variables, arrays, and hash tablesThis module provides you the skills and knowledge required to use variables, arrays, and hash tables in Windows PowerShell.


  • Using variables.

  • Manipulating variables.

  • Manipulating arrays and hash tables.

  • Lab : Working with variables

  • Working with variable types

  • Using arrays

  • Using hash tables

Module 8: Basic scriptingThis module shows you how to package a Windows PowerShell command in a script. Scripts allow you to perform repetitive tasks and more complex tasks than cannot be accomplished in a single command.


  • Introduction to scripting

  • Scripting constructs

  • Importing data from files

Lab : 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

Module 9: Advanced scriptingThis module introduces you to more advanced techniques that you can use in scripts. These techniques includes gathering user input, reading input from files, documenting scripts with help information and error handling.


  • Accepting user input

  • Overview of script documentation

  • Troubleshooting and error handling

  • Functions and modules

Lab : Accepting data from users

  • Querying disk information from remote computers

  • Updating the script to use alternate credentials

  • Documenting a script

Lab : Implementing functions and modules

  • Creating a logging function

  • Adding error handling to a script

  • Converting a function to a module

Module 10: Administering Remote ComputersThis module introduces you to the Windows PowerShell remoting technology that enables you to connect to one or more remote computers and instruct them to run commands on your behalf.


  • Using basic Windows PowerShell remoting

  • Using advanced Windows PowerShell remoting techniques

  • Using PSSessions

  • Lab : Using basic remoting

  • Enabling remoting on the local computer

  • Performing one-to-one remoting

  • Performing one-to-many remoting

Lab : Using PSSessions

  • Using implicit remoting

  • Managing multiple computers

Module 11: Using background jobs and scheduled jobsThis module provides information about the job features of Windows PowerShell. Jobs are an extension point in Windows PowerShell, and there are many different kinds of jobs. Each kind of job can work slightly differently, and has different capabilities.


  • Using background jobs

  • Using scheduled jobs

Lab : Using background jobs and scheduled jobs

  • Starting and managing jobs

  • Creating a scheduled job

Module 12: Using advanced Windows PowerShell techniquesThis module covers several advanced Windows PowerShell techniques and features. Many of these techniques and features extend functionality that you have learned about in previous modules. Some of these techniques are new and provide additional capabilities.


  • Creating profile scripts

  • Using advanced techniques

Lab : 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

Lab : Practicing script development (optional)TBATBATBA


Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Experience with Windows networking technologies and implementation.

  • Experience with Windows Server administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

  • Experience with Windows Client administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

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

  • No prerequisite courses are required.

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