6434 Automating Windows Server 2008 Administration with Windows PowerShell


Course Description

 Students learn skills to utilize Windows PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows Server 2008. The course focuses on cmdlets, script structure and flow control, language syntax, and implementation details of scripting.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for Windows administrators interested in automating Windows Server 2008 administration tasks, as well as those people looking for a full-featured interactive command-line environment for Windows operating systems. Windows end users or developers who need to understand what is involved in Windows administration or command-line environments may also find this course helpful.

Prerequisite(s) Recommended

 6430 Planning for Windows Server 2008 Servers

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Install and launch Windows PowerShell
  • Work with basic objects in Windows PowerShell, including using cmdlets, data types, variables, and fundamental object-based information models
  • Implement sequences of operations by putting them together into a pipeline
  • Control the formatting of the resultant set of objects that are emitted at the end of a pipeline
  • Implement sequences of operations by putting them together into a script
  • Implement flow control within scripts and define functions and filters to help modularize complex scripts
  • Manipulate files and registry values
  • Manage disk storage volumes, shadow copies, shared folders, and Terminal Server using WMI in Windows PowerShell
  • Administer and maintain Active Directory directory services using Windows PowerShell
  • Maintain Group Policy using Windows PowerShell
  • Maintain Web services and applications using Windows PowerShell

Course Outline

Course Outline

1 – Introduction to Microsoft Windows PowerShell

  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell
  • Installing Windows PowerShell in Windows Server 2008
  • Lab : Implementing Windows PowerShell

2 – Overview of Microsoft Windows PowerShell

  • Overview of Objects
  • Working with Cmdlets
  • Tab Expansion, Aliases, and History
  • Using Variables and Types
  • Lab : Working with Windows PowerShell Cmdlets, Aliases, Objects, and Variables

3 – Building Pipelines for Assembly-Line Style Processing

  • Using Pipelines
  • Using Arrays
  • Filtering and Iterating Through the Pipeline
  • Reordering Objects in a Pipeline
  • Lab : Implementing Pipelines in Windows PowerShell

4 – Managing Processes and Formatting Cmdlet Output

  • Managing Windows Processes with Microsoft Windows PowerShell
  • Formatting Cmdlet Output
  • Lab : Output Formatting and Process Control with Windows PowerShell

5 – Introduction to Scripting with Microsoft Windows PowerShell

  • Writing Windows PowerShell Scripts
  • Script Parameters
  • Security in Windows PowerShell
  • Customizing Windows PowerShell with Profiles
  • Lab : Implementing Scripts in Windows PowerShell

6 – Implementing Flow Control and Functions

  • Controlling the Flow of Execution Within Scripts
  • Iteration Flow Control
  • Developing and Using Functions
  • Lab : Implementing Functions and Flow Control in Windows PowerShell

7 – Working with Files, the Registry, and Certificate Stores

  • Using Data Stores
  • Using Providers
  • Filtering and Selecting with Regular Expressions
  • Implementing Event Log Management
  • Persisting Objects in Files
  • Lab : Working with Files, the Registry, and Certificate Stores

8 – Managing the Windows Operating System Using Microsoft Windows PowerShell and WMI

  • Introduction to WMI and WMI Objects
  • Managing Disks and Disk Volumes Using Windows PowerShell with WMI
  • Managing Shadow Copies Using Windows PowerShell with WMI
  • Managing Shared Folders with Windows PowerShell
  • Managing Terminal Services with WMI
  • Managing IIS 7.0 with WMI
  • Lab : Managing the Windows Operating System with Windows PowerShell and WMI

9 – Administering Active Directory with Microsoft Windows PowerShell

  • Administering Domains and Forests Using .NET Objects
  • Managing User Accounts and Groups Using ADSI
  • Managing Relationships Between Users and Groups
  • Web Administration Using IIS 7.0
  • Lab : Administering Active Directory with Windows PowerShell

10 – Administering Group Policy in Microsoft Windows PowerShell Using COM

  • Managing GPOs Using the GPMC COM Interface
  • Managing Group Policy Objects
  • Reporting Group Policy
  • Lab : Administering Group Policy in Microsoft Windows PowerShell


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