M6434: Automating Windows Server 2008 Administration with Windows PowerShell

3 Day Course
Hands On
Official Microsoft Curriculum
Code M6434

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


Please note that this course is being replaced by M10325: Automating Administration with Windows Powershell 2.

This three-day instructor-led 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.


Course Objectives

After completing the course, you 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.

Target Audience

Who Should Attend?

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.

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Introduction to Microsoft Windows PowerShell (2 topics)

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

Overview of Microsoft Windows PowerShell (4 topics)

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

Building Pipelines for Assembly-Line Style Processing (4 topics)

  • Connecting the Pipeline
  • Using Arrays
  • Filtering and Iterating Through the Pipeline
  • Reordering Objects in a Pipeline

Managing Processes and Formatting Cmdlet Output (2 topics)

  • Controlling Tasks and Processes in Microsoft Windows PowerShell
  • Presenting Information with Specific Formatting

Implementing Scripts to Perform a Sequence of Operations (4 topics)

  • Writing Windows PowerShell Scripts
  • Security in Windows PowerShell
  • Scripting Life-Cycle Methodologies
  • Customizing Windows PowerShell with Profiles

Implementing Flow Control and Functions (3 topics)

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

Working with Files, the Registry, and Certificate Stores (5 topics)

  • Using Cmdlets to Access Data Stores
  • Using Providers to Access the Registry and Certificate Store
  • Filtering and Selecting with Regular Expressions
  • Implementing Event Log Management
  • Moving Objects In and Out of Files

Using Microsoft Windows PowerShell with WMI (5 topics)

  • Introduction to WMI Objects
  • Managing Disk Volumes Using Windows PowerShell with WMI
  • Managing Shadow Copies Using Windows PowerShell with WM
  • Managing Shared Folders with Windows PowerShell
  • Configuring Terminal Server Using Windows PowerShell with WMI

Administering Active Directory with Microsoft Windows PowerShell (3 topics)

  • Administering Domains and Forests Using .NET Objects
  • Managing User Accounts and Groups Using COM Objects
  • Managing Relationships Between Users and Groups

Administering Group Policy in Microsoft Windows PowerShell (4 topics)

  • Managing GPOs Using the GPMC COM Interface
  • Using XML with Group Policy
  • Managing Group Policy Settings
  • Reporting Group Policy

Managing Internet Information Services 7.0 (2 topics)

  • Comparing IIS 7.0 Windows PowerShell Management Interfaces
  • Administering IIS 7.0 with Windows PowerShell


In addition to having attended M6430 or possessing the equivalent knowledge, it is recommended that delegates have completed M2433: MS Visual Basic Scripting Edition and Microsoft Windows Script Host Essentials or possess equivalent knowledge of scripting and automation in Windows.

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course. If you are unsure please ask a training advisor .

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