Programming & Development

AZ-040T00 Automating Administration with Windows Powershell


This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to use PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows servers. This course provides students the skills to identify and build the command they require to perform a specific task. In addition, students learn how to build scripts to accomplish advanced tasks such as automating repetitive tasks and generating reports. This course provides prerequisite skills supporting a broad range of Microsoft products, including Windows Server, Windows Client, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft 365. 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 products, will serve as the example for the techniques this course teaches.

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for IT Professionals who are already experienced in general Windows Server, Windows client, Azure, and Microsoft 365 administration, and who want to learn more about using Windows PowerShell for administration. No prior experience with any version of PowerShell or any scripting language is assumed. This course is also suitable for IT Professionals already experienced in server administration, including Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, and Microsoft SQL Server.

Course Objectives
Describe the functionality of Windows PowerShell and use it to run and find basic commands.
Identify and run cmdlets for local system administration.
Work with the Windows PowerShell pipeline.
Use PSProviders and PSDrives to work with other forms of storage.
Query system information by using WMI and CIM.
Work with variables, arrays, and hash tables.
Create basic scripts in Windows PowerShell.
Administer remote computers with Windows PowerShell.
Manage Azure resources with PowerShell.
Manage Microsoft 365 services with PowerShell.
Use background jobs and scheduled jobs.

Course Outline:

Windows PowerShell overview
Understand Windows PowerShell command syntax
Find commands and get help in Windows PowerShell
Active Directory Domain Services administration cmdlets
Network configuration cmdlets
Server administration cmdlets
Windows PowerShell in Windows 10
Understand the pipeline
Select, sort, and measure objects
Filter objects out of the pipeline
Enumerate objects in the pipeline
Send and pass pipeline data as output
Using PSProviders
Using PSDrives
Understand CIM and WMI
Query data by using CIM and WMI
Make changes by using CIM and WMI
Use variables
Manipulate variables
Manipulate arrays and hash tables
Introduction to scripting with Windows PowerShell
Script constructs
Import data from files
Accept user input
Troubleshooting and error handling
Functions and modules
Use basic Windows PowerShell remoting
Use advanced Windows PowerShell remoting techniques
Use PSSessions
Azure PowerShell
Introduce Azure Cloud Shell
Manage Azure VMs with PowerShell
Manage storage and subscriptions
Manage Microsoft 365 user accounts, licenses, and groups with PowerShell
Manage Exchange Online with PowerShell
Manage SharePoint Online with PowerShell
Manage Microsoft Teams with PowerShell
Use background jobs
Use scheduled jobs

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