Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell (10961)



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.


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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • Getting Started with Windows PowerShell
  • Working with the Pipeline
  • Understanding How the Pipeline Works
  • Using PSProviders and PSDrives
  • Formatting Output
  • Querying Management Information by Using WMI and CIM
  • Preparing for Scripting
  • Moving From a Command to Script to Module
  • Administering Remote Computers
  • Putting it All Together
  • Using Background Jobs and Scheduled Jobs
  • Using Profiles and Advanced PowerShell Techniques


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