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This 5-day course provides students with the knowledge and skills to utilize Windows PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows based servers.

Course Outline
This 5-day course provides students with the knowledge and skills to utilize Windows PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows based servers.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for IT Professionals already experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration, including Active Directory administration. No prior experience with any version of Windows PowerShell, or any scripting language, is assumed.  

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

€¢Explain how Windows PowerShell works.
€¢Use Windows PowerShell as an interactive, command-line shell.
€¢Use Core Windows PowerShell cmdlets for everyday purpose.
€¢Customize the output using Windows PowerShell Formatting Subsystem.
€¢Explain what Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is and how it can be used from Windows PowerShell.
€¢Manage Active Directory objects using Windows PowerShell cmdlets.
€¢Write basic Windows PowerShell scripts that execute batches of commands.
€¢Work with Windows PowerShell€(TM)s background jobs and remote administration functionality.
€¢Master the scripting language of Windows PowerShell.
€¢Use advanced techniques related to structured programming within Windows PowerShell.
€¢Automate Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration using Windows PowerShell.
€¢Identify the best practices for working with Windows PowerShell.

Module 1: Fundamentals for Using Windows PowerShell v2
This module provides background on Windows PowerShell v2 and where it fits into the Windows technology family. It also covers installation and configuration of Windows PowerShell. It familiarizes students with the interactive shell console, and shows how to operate and interpret the built-in help system. This module focuses on shell€(TM)s discoverability features, including the online help system and cmdlet inventory. Finally, this module describes how the Windows PowerShell pipeline works at a basic level.

€¢Windows PowerShell Technology Background and Overview
€¢Windows PowerShell as an Interactive Command-Line Shell
€¢Using the Windows PowerShell Pipeline

Lab : Using Windows PowerShell as an Interactive Command-Line Shell
€¢Searching for text files.
€¢Browsing the registry.
€¢Discovering additional commands and viewing help.
€¢Adding additional commands to your session.
€¢Formatting output.

Lab : Using the Windows PowerShell Pipeline
€¢Stopping and restarting a Windows service.
€¢Exploring objects returned by PowerShell commands.
€¢Processing PowerShell output.

After completing this module, students will be able to:
€¢Provide an overview of Windows PowerShell Technology.
€¢Use Windows PowerShell as an Interactive Command-Line Shell.
€¢Use Windows PowerShell Pipeline.

Module 2: Understanding and Using the Formatting System
This module explains how the PowerShell formatting subsystem works, and shows how to customize the output of cmdlets. It covers the rules that the shell follows for formatting objects by default, and explains how to use the four formatting cmdlets €" and their parameters €" to customize and control the output displayed on-screen or written to a file, printer, or other output destination.

€¢Understanding the Formatting System
€¢Using the Formatting System

Lab : Using the Formatting Subsystem
€¢Displaying calculated properties
€¢Displaying a limited number of columns
€¢Displaying all properties and values of objects
€¢Viewing objects via HTML
€¢Displaying a limited number of properties
€¢Displaying objects using different formatting
€¢Displaying a sorted list of objects

After completing this module, students will be able to:
€¢Explain the Formatting System.
€¢Use the Formatting System.

Module 3: Core Windows PowerShell Cmdlets
This module describes several core cmdlets that are used in many different administrative tasks. This module also covers the basics of filtering objects that are in the PowerShell pipeline. It explains advanced pipeline techniques including pipeline parameter binding and in-pipeline object manipulation.

€¢Core Cmdlets for Everyday Use
€¢Comparison Operators, Pipeline Filtering, and Object Enumeration
€¢Advanced Pipeline Techniques

Lab : Using the Core Cmdlets
€¢Sorting and selecting objects
€¢Retrieving a number of objects and saving to a file
€¢Comparing objects using XML
€¢Saving objects to a CSV file
€¢Measuring a collection of objects

Lab : Filtering and Enumerating Objects in the Pipeline
€¢Comparing numbers (integer objects)
€¢Comparing string objects
€¢Retrieving processes from a computer
€¢Retrieving services from a computer
€¢Iterating through a list of objects

Lab : Using Pipeline Parameter Binding
€¢Using advanced pipeline features
€¢Working with multiple computers
€¢Stopping a list of processes
€¢Binding properties to parameters

After completing this module, students will be able to:
€¢Identify Core Cmdlets for Everyday Use.
€¢Explain Comparison Operators, Pipeline Filtering, and Object Enumeration
€¢Apply Advanced Pipeline Techniques.

Module 4: Windows Management Instrumentation
This module explains what Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is, how it works, and how it can be used from within Windows PowerShell. It describes the structure and security of WMI, and how to query WMI information both from local and remote computers. It also explains how to invoke WMI methods to accomplish configuration changes and other tasks, and how to write commands that respond to WMI events triggered by the operating system.

€¢Windows Management Instrumentation Overview
€¢Using Windows Management Instrumentation

Lab : Using WMI in Windows PowerShell
€¢Building computer inventory
€¢Discovering the WMI classes and namespaces
€¢Generating a logical disk report for all computers
€¢Listing local users and groups

After completing this module, students will be able to:
€¢Give an overview of Windows Management Instrumentation.
€¢Use Windows Management Instrumentation.
€¢Apply advanced Windows Management Instrumentation techniques.

Module 5: Automating Active Directory Administration
This module introduces the concept of Active Directory administrative automation. It explains how to retrieve, create, modify, move, and remove objects in the Active Directory. It focuses on PowerShell-centric techniques rather than scripting, and heavily leverages on basic and advanced pipeline techniques covered in previous modules.

€¢Active Directory Automation Overview
€¢Managing Users and Groups
€¢Managing Computers and Other Directory Objects

Lab : Managing Users and Groups
€¢Retrieving a filtered list of users from Active Directory
€¢Resetting user passwords and address information
€¢Disabling users that belong to a specific group

Lab : Managing Computers and Other Directory Objects
€¢Listing all computers that appear to be running a specific operating system according to Active Directory information
€¢Creating a report showing all Windows Server 2008 R2 servers
€¢Managing fine-grained password policies in Active Directory
€¢Discovering Organizational Units that are not protected against accidental deletion

After completing this module, students will be able to:
€¢Give an overview of Active Directory automation.
€¢Manage Users and Groups using Windows PowerShell.
€¢Manage Computers and Other Active Directory Objects using Windows PowerShell.

Module 6: Windows PowerShell Scripts
This module introduces basic Windows PowerShell scripts that execute a batch of shell commands in a single operation. It points out the security concerns associated with scripting, and how to configure and control the shell€(TM)s security settings that relate to scripting. It also explains how to write basic scripts that execute batches of commands, and how to parameterize scripts in order to make them more flexible in a variety of situations.

€¢Script Security
€¢Basic Scripts
€¢Parameterized Scripts

Lab : Writing Windows PowerShell Scripts
€¢Executing scripts
€¢Using positional script parameters
€¢Using named script parameters

After completing this module, students will be able to:
€¢Identify security concerns associated with scripting.
€¢Write basic scripts.
€¢Write parameterized scripts.

Module 7: Background Jobs and Remote Administration
This module explains how to work with Windows PowerShell€(TM)s background jobs and remote administration functionality. It shows how to create, monitor, and manage local background jobs, and receive results from completed jobs. It also covers how to configure Windows PowerShell remoting both locally and in a domain environment. This module describes how to create and manage session connections to remote computers, and explain how to use those session connections in one-to-one remote shell instances as well as one-to-many remote command invocation. Finally, it shows how to invoke remote commands as background jobs, and how to manage those jobs and receive results from them.

€¢Working with Background Jobs
€¢Using Windows PowerShell Remoting

Lab : Working with Background Jobs
€¢Using background jobs with WMI
€¢Using background jobs for local computers
€¢Receiving the results from a completed job
€¢Removing a completed job
€¢Waiting for a background job to complete
€¢Stopping a background job before it completes
€¢Working with the properties of a job

Lab : Using Windows PowerShell Remoting
€¢Interactive remoting
€¢Fan-out remoting
€¢Fan-out remoting using background jobs
€¢Saving information from background jobs

After completing this module, students will be able to:
€¢Work with Background Jobs.
€¢Use Windows PowerShell Remoting.

Module 8: Advanced Windows PowerShell Tips and Tricks
This module introduces several advanced Windows PowerShell techniques. While these techniques do not contribute directly to any particular business goal, they do enable more efficient use of the shell itself, which leads to more efficient administration and automation. It shows how to use profiles to consistently configure the shell environment, and how to use several techniques for effectively re-using and sharing existing modularized scripts. It also points out best practices and techniques related to script documentation.

€¢Using Profiles
€¢Re-Using Scripts and Functions
€¢Writing Comment-Based Help

Lab : Advanced PowerShell Tips and Tricks
€¢Writing a profile script
€¢Creating a script module
€¢Adding help information to a function

After completing this module, students will be able to:
€¢Use Profiles.
€¢Re-Use Scripts and Functions.
€¢Write Comment-Based Help.

Module 9: Automating Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration
This module gives an opportunity to complete several real-world administration tasks related to Windows Server 2008 R2. It provides minimal instruction in how to use the cmdlets and techniques required to accomplish the lab portion of this module; instead, it lets students rely on the skills they have learned in the preceding modules of this course.

€¢Windows Server 2008 R2 Modules Overview
€¢Server Manager Cmdlets Overview
€¢Group Policy Cmdlets Overview
€¢Troubleshooting Pack Overview
€¢Best Practices Analyzer Cmdlets Overview
€¢IIS Cmdlets Overview

Lab : Using the Server Manager Cmdlets
€¢Listing all currently installed features
€¢Comparing objects
€¢Installing a new server feature
€¢Exporting current configuration to XML

Lab : Using the Group Policy Cmdlets
€¢Listing all the Group Policy Objects in the domain
€¢Creating a text-based report
€¢Creating an HTML report
€¢Backing up all Group Policy Objects

Lab : Using the Troubleshooting Pack Cmdlets
€¢Importing the Troubleshooting Pack module
€¢Solving an end-user problem interactively
€¢Solving a problem using answer files

Lab : Using the Best Practice Analyzer Cmdlets
€¢Importing the Best Practice module
€¢Viewing existing models
€¢Running a Best Practices scan

Lab : Using the IIS Cmdlets
€¢Importing the IIS module
€¢Creating a new web site
€¢Backing up IIS
€¢Modifying web site bindings
€¢Using the IIS PSDrive
€¢Restoring an IIS Configuration

After completing this module, students will be able to:
€¢Give an overview of Windows Server 2008 Modules.
€¢Give an overview of Server Manager Cmdlets.
€¢Give an overview of Group Policy Cmdlets.
€¢Give an overview of Troubleshooting Pack.
€¢Give an overview of Best Practices Analyzer Cmdlets.
€¢Give an overview of IIS Cmdlets.

Module 10: Reviewing and Reusing Windows PowerShell Scripts
One of the core skills administrators need is the ability to take a script that someone else has written, review that script to understand what it does, and identify areas of that script that may need to be modified to run in their environment. Those skills are exactly what this module tries to build.

€¢Example Script Overview
€¢Understanding Scripts

After completing this module, students will be able to:
€¢Review a complete, real-world script.
€¢Develop an expectation of what a script will do by reviewing a script.
Module 11: Writing Your Own Windows PowerShell Scripts
This module explains the concepts and techniques related to structured scripting and programming within Windows PowerShell. It describes how to create, manage, and use variables. It introduces the complete €oescripting language€ of Windows PowerShell, which consists of several programming constructs. This module also covers advanced topics and techniques related to structured programming within Windows PowerShell. It explains how to trap and handle errors that occur during script execution, and also describes the proper techniques and practices for debugging a script that is not executing as expected. It shows how to modularize scripts into a variety of reusable functions, with the ultimate goal of producing a function that mimics the structure of a shell cmdlet.

€¢Variables, Arrays, Escaping, and More Operators
€¢What is Scope?
€¢Scripting Constructs
€¢Error Trapping and Handling
€¢Debugging Techniques

Lab : Using Variables and Arrays
€¢Creating variables and interact with them
€¢Understanding arrays and hashtables
€¢Using Single- and double-quoted strings and the backtick
€¢Using Arrays and array lists
€¢Using 'Contains', 'like', and 'equals' operators

Lab : Using Scripting Constructs
€¢Processing and validating input
€¢Working with For, While, ForEach, and Switch
€¢Exploiting the power of the one-liner

Lab : Error Trapping and Handling
€¢Retrieving error information
€¢Handling errors
€¢Integrating error handling

Lab : Debugging a Script
€¢Debugging from the Windows PowerShell console
€¢Debugging using the Windows PowerShell ISE

Lab : Modularization
€¢Generating an inventory audit report

After completing this module, students will be able to:
€¢Use Variables, Arrays, Escaping, and More Operators.
€¢Explain Scope.
€¢Use Scripting Constructs.
€¢Trap and handle errors.
€¢Apply Debugging Techniques.
€¢Use Modularization.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Before attending this course, students must have: -Experience with Windows networking technologies and implementation. -Experience with Windows Server administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting -Experience with Active Directory technologies and implementation, including Group Policy. -Experience with Windows Server 2008 Web application server technologies and implementation.

Certificates offered

Certificate of Completion

Cancellation Policy
10 business day cancellation policy. if the course is confirmed and the student cancels within 10 days of the course, then they get charged and apply a credit for future courses. If they cancel outside of 10 business days, then there are no charges at all.
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I realize that we are constantly dealing with technology, but I still think for a registration fee of almost $3,000, that a hardcover book should be included. I know that the option to print the book on a one-time basis exists.
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Reviewed by 2016
The instructor was very knowledgeable and answered all questions. Jarod did an excellent job presenting.
Reviewed by 2015
The room was cold. I had to sit next to the space heater. It would be good to tell future patrons to dress warmly AHEAD of time. No suprises.
Reviewed by 2015
He was great and offered his contact info for further questions.
Reviewed by 2015
Howard was a fantastic instructor and the course was exactly what I required.
Reviewed by 2014
The trainer was excellent - the course exceeded my expectations.
Reviewed by 2014
This course provides an excellent overview and a bit of practice on the various functions of SharePoint 2013. I was disappointed at the number of exceedingly long breaks given after each module. I would have preferred less break time and more content to the course. Having never taken a SharePoint course with another provider, I don't know if this is the norm with all providers of just this one in particular.
Reviewed by 2014
I ranked the "Use of Technology" low because for Users who were remote the VM's that were setup were a little wonky. Could be very slow at times and then sometimes they needed to be refreshed to work properly with the lab. In some instances we couldn't follow along as replication would not occur fast enough and we would have our lab cut short (for us remote Users).
Reviewed by 2014
The instructor was good at remembering to acknowledge the online students even though he was facing a classroom of students also.
Reviewed by 2014
Insructor was not so good with the live examples. Also the handouts was not so useful
Reviewed by 2013
The trainer was excellent, very knowledgeable and had a lot of valuable experience to share. The problem was that there were way too many workshops that took too long and interfered with getting the maximum benefit from the instructor and the course.
Reviewed by 2013
This was quite informative. It was a great opportunity to have ‘real life’ discussions with certified PMs. The instructor had excellent examples and was able to share his PM experiences with us with concrete examples. In addition, this was a great opportunity to network with private sector/public sector PMs and develop a better appreciation of PM on both sides of the fence. Cheers, CL
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I did not like the video format
Reviewed by 2013
As a remote attendee, it appeared the instructor paid attention to the "Attendee" and "Chat" windows only a few times throughout the day, so I was not confident that he would see if I sent a message or raised my hand during the course.
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The chairs were not very comfortable and the material contained spelling and grammatical error (a few but still)as well as repetition of words.
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Was a bit slow the last 1/2 day. Of course, for some, this was the last of a 4 day course (not just 2 days).
Reviewed by 2013
I really enjoyed the course and I learned a lot. The pace was excellent.
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Reviewed by 2013
The room was excellent on its own - less distraction and no noise around you. There was no direction to the room when I walked in and therefore was not sure if I was heading in the right direction. We were not provided with the direction that there was coffee and fridge on the 3rd floor, and the bathroom floor was dirty.
Reviewed by 2012
This course was great, very informative, had Lionel as instructor and he was also very good.
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Instructor was eager to assist but lacked subject matter expertise. Course time management was very poor. Content provided could have been delivered effectively in a one day course.
Reviewed by 2012
Good Course, good trainer. All questions addressed equally and in a timely professional manner.
Reviewed by 2011
The course content was interesting; however, the instructor didn't have enough knowledge about Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 Development and wasn't able to answer questions without google search. In the future CTE needs to make sure the instructors have real on-hands experience and are highly trained in the technologies they are supposed be teaching.
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