Automating Windows Server 2008 Administration with Windows PowerShell

Course:  PSADM
Duration:  3 Days
Level:  II
Course Summary

This course provides students with the knowledge and 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 administrative tasks using COM, WMI, and .NET foundations.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Introduction to Microsoft Windows PowerShell

  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell
  • Installing Windows PowerShell in Windows Server 2008
  • Customizing Windows PowerShell

Overview of Microsoft Windows PowerShell

  • Overview of Objects
  • Working with cmdlets
  • Tab Expansion, Aliases, and History
  • Using Variables and Types
  • Learning cmdlets and Defining Aliases
  • Holding the Output of a cmdlet
  • Relationship between information and operations that are bundled together into various classes of objects
  • Get-Command and Get-Help to obtain information about other cmdlets and their parameters.
  • Tab expansion, aliases, and history
  • Numeric and string operations using Windows PowerShell, including holding temporary values in variables

Building Pipelines for Assembly-Line Style Processing

  • Using Pipelines
  • Using Arrays
  • Filtering and Iterating Through the Pipeline
  • Reordering Objects in a Pipeline
  • Evaluating Process Properties Using the Get-Member cmdlet
  • Calculate Process Memory Usage
  • Associative Array Variables
  • Sorting and Selecting Elements from a Resultant Set of Data

Managing Processes and Formatting Cmdlet Output

  • Managing Windows Processes with Microsoft Windows PowerShell
  • Formatting cmdlet Output
  • Output Formatting and Process Control with Windows PowerShell
  • Implementing Basic Formatting Control
  • Formatting with the -f Operator
  • Implementing Advanced Formatting

Scripting with Microsoft Windows PowerShell

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

Implementing Flow Control and Functions

  • Controlling the Flow of Execution Within Scripts
  • Iteration Flow Control
  • Developing and Using Functions

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
  • Modifying Registry Entries
  • Generating Reports
  • Generating Reports on the Security Log
  • Comparing Files

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

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

Administering Group Policy in Microsoft Windows PowerShell Using COM

  • Managing GPOs Using the GPMC COM Interface
  • Managing Group Policy Objects
  • Reporting Group Policy
  • Backing Up and Restoring a GPO
What You Can Expect

At the end of 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, Terminal Services and IIS properties using WMI in Windows PowerShell
  • Administer and maintain Active Directory directory services and IIS 7.0 Web sites using Windows PowerShell
  • Maintain Group Policy using Windows PowerShell
Who Should Take This Course

This course is intended for Windows administrators interested in automating Windows Server 2008 administration tasks, as well as 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.

Training Style

Instructor led with 50% lecture and 50% lab.

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