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Automating Administration With Windows PowerShell (M10961)

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Duration: 5 Days*

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Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell (M10961C) Overview

During this Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell training course, delegates will learn how to administer and automate administration of Windows Servers using PowerShell. This is a tool used in task automation and configuration management, based on the .NET framework. Delegates will gain understanding of constructing scripts to execute advanced tasks like the automation of repetitive tasks and the production of reports.


This Microsoft Windows Training course, whilst predominantly useful for teaching delegates how to perform tasks related to PowerShell, also provides delegates with skills to support the use of many other Microsoft products, such as Windows Server, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Windows Client. Subsequently, this course will incorporate technical examples of the use of PowerShell with regards to these products, but will primarily focus on Windows Server, as this acts as a common platform for the other Microsoft products.


The Knowledge Academy is a Microsoft Silver Partner, and therefore is fully accredited.

Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell (M10961C) Outline

Module 1: Getting started with 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 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 pipeline

  • 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 works

  • Passing the pipeline data

  • Advanced considerations for pipeline data

Lab: Working with pipeline parameter binding

  • Predicting pipeline behaviour


Module 5: Using PSProviders and PSDrives

  • 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 CIM

  • 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 tables

  • 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 scripting

  • 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 scripting

  • 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 Computers

  • 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 jobs

  • 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 techniques

  • 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

Who should attend?

This course is ideally suited to IT professionals with prior knowledge and experience of Windows Server and Windows Client administration, who wish to advance their understanding of Windows PowerShell. Additionally, the course can be attended by IT professionals who are already proficient in server administration using Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, System Center and more.



  • Candidates must have experience of:

  • Windows networking technologies and implementation

  • Windows Server administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting

  • Windows Client administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting

  • It is possible for delegates who attend this training course to achieve these requirements by gaining equivalent knowledge and skills through practical experience as a Windows System Administrator 

Please arrive at the venue at 8:45am.
We are able to provide support via phone & email prior to attending, during and after the course.
Delegate pack consisting of course notes and exercises, Manual, Experienced Instructor, and Refreshments
This course is 5 days
Once your booking has been placed and confirmed, you will receive an email which contains your course location, course overview, pre-course reading material (if required), course agenda and payment receipts
Once your booking has been placed and confirmed, you will receive an email which contains your course location, course overview, pre-course reading material (if required), course agenda and payment receipts

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