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Advanced Automated Administration with Windows PowerShell Training

Course ID: MSL-10962
Duration: 3 Days

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Description

This course that will teach students how to automate administrative tasks using Windows PowerShell 5.1. Students will learn core scripting skills such as creating advanced functions, writing controller scripts, and handling script errors. Students will learn how to works with Windows PowerShell Workflow, the REST API and XML and JSON formatted data files, Students will also learn how to use new administration tools such Desired State Configuration (DSC) and Just Enough Administration (JEA) to configure and secure servers.

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Learning Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Create advanced functions.
  • Use Microsoft .NET Framework and REST API in Windows PowerShell.
  • Write controller scripts.
  • Handle script errors. Use XML, JSON, and custom formatted data.
  • Enhance server management with Desired State Configuration and Just Enough Administration.
  • Analyze and debug scripts Understand Windows PowerShell workflow.

Audience

This course is intended for IT professionals who are experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration. Students should have a foundational knowledge of Windows PowerShell, which they can obtain by taking course 10961C: Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell. In addition, this course provides scripting guidance for developers who support development environments and deployment processes.

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have:

•Knowledge and experience working with Windows PowerShell or knowledge equivalent to the content covered in course 10961B: Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell

•Experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration or already experience in administering and supporting Application servers and services including applications like Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL.

Course Outline

Module 1: Creating Advanced Functions

In this module students will learn how to parameterize a command into an advanced function. It is designed to teach several key principles in a single logical sequence, by using frequent hands-on exercises to reinforce new skills.

Lessons

  • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Creating a Script Module
  • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Producing Complex Function Output
  • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm

Lab : Converting a Command into an Advanced Function

  • Converting a Command into an Advanced Function

Lab : Creating a Script Module

  • Creating a Script Module

Lab : Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation

  • Defining Parameter Attributes and Input Validation

Lab : Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects

  • Writing Functions that use Multiple Objects

Lab : Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input

  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input

Lab : Producing Complex Function Output

  • Producing Complex Function Output

Lab : Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help

  • Documenting Functions by using Content-Based Help

Lab : Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm

  • Supporting -Whatif and -Confirm

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Convert a Command into an Advanced Function
  • Create a Script Module
  • Define Parameter Attributes and Input Validation
  • Write Functions that use Multiple Objects
  • Writing Functions that Accept Pipeline Input
  • Produce Complex Function Output
  • Document Functions by using Content-Based Help
  • Support -Whatif and -Confirm

Module 2: Using Cmdlets and Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell

Windows PowerShell provides commands that accomplish many of the tasks that you will need in a production environment. Sometimes, a command is not available but the .NET Framework provides an alternate means of accomplishing a task. Because Windows PowerShell is built on the .NET Framework, it is able to access those alternate means. In this module, you will learn how to discover and run Windows PowerShell commands, and how to use .NET Framework components from inside Windows PowerShell. These two techniques will provide you with the most flexibility and capability for accomplishing tasks in a production environment.

Lessons

  • Running Windows PowerShell Commands
  • Using Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell

Lab : Using .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell

  • Using Static and Instance Members

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Run Windows PowerShell commands
  • Use Microsoft .NET Framework in Windows PowerShell

Module 3: Writing Controller Scripts

In this module, students will learn how to combine tools – advanced functions that perform a specific task – and a controller script that provides a user interface or automates a business process

Lessons

  • Understanding Controller Scripts
  • Writing Controller Scripts that Show a User Interface

Lab : Writing Controller Scripts that Display a User Interface

  • Write Functions to be Used in the Controller Script
  • Write a Controller Script that Implements a Text-Based Menu

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand Controller Scripts
  • Write Controller Scripts that show a User Interface

Module 4: Handling Script Errors

In this module, students will learn how to perform basic error handling in scripts. The focus will be about how to add error handling to existing tools, primarily as a time-saving mechanism (instead of having students write new tools). A side benefit of this approach is that it will help build the skills that you must have to analyze and reuse existing code written by someone else.

Lessons

  • Understanding Error Handling
  • Handling Errors in a Script

Lab : Handling Errors in a Script

  • Handling Errors in a Script

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand Error Handling
  • Handle Errors in a Script

Module 5: Using XML Data Files

In this module, students will learn how to read, manipulate, and write data in XML files. XML files provide a robust, yet straightforward way to store both flat and hierarchical data. XML files are more flexible than CSV, more accessible for small amounts of data than SQL Server, and easier to code against that Excel automation.

Lessons

  • Reading, Manipulating and Writing Data in XML

Lab : Reading, Manipulating and Writing Data in XML

  • Test the Provided Tools
  • Update an XML Inventory Document

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Reading, Manipulating and Writing Data in XML

Module 6: Managing Server Configurations by Using Desired State Configuration

In this module, students will learn how to write Desired State Configuration (DSC) configuration files, deploy those files to servers, and monitor servers’ configurations.

Lessons

  • Understanding Desired State Configuration
  • Creating and Deploying a DSC Configuration

Lab : Creating and Deploying a DSC Configuration

  • Write, Run and Push a DSC Configuration

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand Desired State Configuration
  • Create and Deploy a DSC Configuration

Module 7: Analyzing and Debugging Scripts

In this module, students will learn how to use native Windows PowerShell features to analyze and debug existing scripts. These skills are also useful when students have to debug their own scripts.

Lessons

  • Debugging in Windows PowerShell
  • Analyzing and Debugging and Existing Script

Lab : Analyzing and Debugging and Existing Script

  • Analyzing and Debugging and Existing Script

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and Debug a script

Module 8: Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow

In this module, students will learn about the features of the Windows PowerShell Workflow technology.

Lessons

  • Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understanding Windows PowerShell Workflow

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