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Windows PowerShell Scripting and Toolmaking

  • Tuition USD $2,995 GSA  $2,338.79
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  • Course Code 55039
  • Duration 5 days
  • Available Formats Virtual, Classroom

Covers advanced Windows PowerShell topics, with an emphasis on building reusable tools. Introduces workflow, reinforces best practices, and teaches a variety of script development and toolmaking techniques.

Skills Gained

  • Describe the correct patterns for building modularized tools in Windows PowerShell
  • Build highly modularized functions that comply with native PowerShell patterns
  • Build controller scripts that expose user interfaces and automate business processes
  • Manage data in a variety of formats
  • Write automated tests for tools
  • Debug tools

Who Can Benefit

This course is intended for administrators in a Microsoft-centric environment who want to build reusable units of automation, automate business processes, and enable less-technical colleagues to accomplish administrative tasks.

Prerequisites

  • Experience at basic Windows administration
  • Experience using Windows PowerShell to query and modify system information
  • Experience using Windows PowerShell to discover commands and their usage
  • Experience using WMI and/or CIM to query system information

Course Details

Outline


Module 1: Tool Design
This module explains how to design tools and units of automation that comply with native PowerShell usage patterns.
Lessons

  • Tools do one thing
  • Tools are flexible
  • Tools look native

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Design a tool
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the native shell patterns that a good tool design should exhibit

Module 2: Start with a Command
This module explains how to start the scripting process by beginning in the interactive shell console.
Lessons
  • Why start with a command?
  • Discovery and experimentation

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Start with a command
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the benefits of discovery and experimentation in the console
  • Discover and experiment with existing commands in the console

Module 3: Build a Basic Function and Module
This module explains how to build a basic function and module, using commands already experimented with in the shell.
Lessons
  • Start with a basic function
  • Create a script module
  • Check prerequisites
  • Run the new command

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Build a basic function and module
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Build a basic function
  • Create a script module
  • Run a command from a script module

Module 4: Adding CmdletBinding and Parameterizing
This module explains how to extend the functionality of a tool, parameterize input values, and use CmdletBinding.
Lessons
  • About CmdletBinding and common parameters
  • Accepting pipeline input
  • Mandatory-ness
  • Parameter validation
  • Parmeter aliases

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Adding CmdletBinding and Parameterizing
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the purpose of CmdletBinding and list common parameters
  • Parameterize a scripts input
  • Define parameters as mandatory
  • Define parameters as accepting pipeline input
  • Define parameter validation

Module 5: Emitting Objects as Output
This module explains how to create tools that produce custom objects as output.
Lessons
  • Assembling information
  • Constructing and emitting output
  • Quick tests

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Emitting objects as output
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the purpose of object-based output
  • Create and output custom objects from a function

Module 6: An Interlude: Changing Your Approach
This module explains how to re-think tool design, using concrete examples of how its often done wrong.
Lessons
  • Examining a script
  • Critiquing a script
  • Revising the script

Lab 1: No lab
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After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the native patterns that a good tool design should exhibit
  • Redesign a script to meet business requirements and conform to native patterns

Module 7: Using Verbose, Warning, and Informational Output
This module explains how to use additional output pipelines for better script behaviors.
Lessons
  • Knowing the six channels
  • Adding verbose and warning output
  • Doing more with verbose output
  • Informational output

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Using Verbose, Warning, and Informational Output
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the six output channels in the shell
  • Write commands that use verbose, warning, and informational output
  • Run commands with extra output enabled

Module 8: Comment-Based Help
This module explains how to add comment-based help to tools.
Lessons
  • Where to put your help
  • Getting started
  • Going further with comment-based help
  • Broken help

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Comment-based help
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the purpose and construction of comment-based help
  • Add comment-based help to a function
  • Identify causes of broken comment-based help

Module 9: Handling Errors
This module explains how to create tools that deal with anticipated errors.
Lessons
  • Understanding errors and exceptions
  • Bad handling
  • Two reasons for exception handling
  • Handling exceptions in our tool
  • Capturing the actual exception
  • Handling exceptions for non-commands
  • Going further with exception handling
  • Deprecated exception handling

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Handling errors
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the native patterns for handling errors in a command
  • Add error handling to a command
  • Run a command and observe error handling behaviors

Module 10: Basic Debugging
This module explains how to use native PowerShell script debugging tools.
Lessons
  • Two kinds of bugs
  • The ultimate goal of debugging
  • Developing assumptions
  • Write-Debug
  • Set-PSBreakpoint
  • The PowerShell ISE

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Basic debugging
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the tools used for debugging in PowerShell
  • Debug a broken script

Module 11: Going Deeper with Parameters
This module explains how to further define parameter attributes in a PowerShell command.
Lessons
  • Parameter positions
  • Validation
  • Multiple parameter sets
  • Value from remaining arguments
  • Help messages
  • Aliases
  • More CmdletBinding

Lab 1: No Lab
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After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the use of positional parameters
  • Describe additional parameter validation methods
  • Describe how to define multiple parameter sets
  • Describe other parameter definition options

Module 12: Writing Full Help
This module explains how to create external help for a command.
Lessons
  • External help
  • Using PlatyPs
  • Supporting online help
  • About topics
  • Making your help updatable

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Writing full help
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the advantages of external help
  • Create external help using PlatyPS and Markdown

Module 13: Unit Testing Your Code
This module explains how to use Pester to perform basic unit testing.
Lessons
  • Sketching out the test
  • Making something to test
  • Expanding the test
  • Going further with Pester

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Unit testing your code
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the purpose of unit testing
  • Write basic unit tests for PowerShell functions

Module 14: Extending Output Types
This module explains how to extend objects with additional capabilities.
Lessons
  • Understanding types
  • The Extensible Type System
  • Extending an object
  • Using Update-TypeData

Lab 1: No Lab
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After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the purpose of the ETS
  • Extend an existing object type

Module 15: Analyzing Your Script
This module explains how to use Script Analyzer to support best practices and prevent common problems.
Lessons
  • Performing a basic analysis
  • Analyzing the analysis

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Analyzing your script
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the use of Script Analyzer
  • Perform a basic script analysis

Module 16: Publishing Your Tools
This module explains how to publish tools to public and private repositories.
Lessons
  • Begin with a manifest
  • Publishing to PowerShell Gallery
  • Publishing to private repositories

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Publishing your tools
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the tool publishing process and requirements
  • Publish a tool to a repository

Module 17: Basic Controllers: Automation Scripts and Menus
This module explains how to create controller scripts that put tools to use.
Lessons
  • Building a menu
  • Using UIChoice
  • Writing a process controller

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Basic controllers
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the purpose of basic controller scripts
  • Write a simple controller script

Module 18: Proxy Functions
This module explains how to create and use proxy functions.
Lessons
  • A proxy example
  • Creating the proxy base
  • Modifying the proxy
  • Adding or removing parameters

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Proxy functions
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the purpose of proxy functions
  • Create a simple proxy function

Module 19: Working with XML Data
This module explains how to work with XML data in PowerShell.
Lessons
  • Simple: CliXML
  • Importing native XML
  • ConvertTo-XML
  • Creating native XML from scratch

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Working with XML
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the use of XML within PowerShell
  • Use XML data within a PowerShell function

Module 20: Working with JSON Data
This module explains how to using JSON data in PowerShell.
Lessons
  • Converting to JSON
  • Converting from JSON

Lab 1: Designing a Tool
  • Working with JSON data
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the use of JSON data within PowerShell
  • Use JSON data within a PowerShell function

Module 21: Working with SQL Server Data
This module explains how to use SQL Server from within a PowerShell script.
Lessons
  • SQL Server terminology and facts
  • Connecting to the server and database
  • Writing a query
  • Running a query
  • Invoke-SqlCmd
  • Thinking about tool design patterns

Lab 1: No Lab
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After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the use of SQL Server from within PowerShell
  • Write and run SQL Server queries
  • Design tools that use SQL Server for data storage

Module 22: Final Exam
This module provides a chance for students to use everything they have learned in this course within a practical example.
Lessons
  • Lab problem
  • Break down the problem
  • Do the design
  • Test the commands
  • Code the tool

Lab 1: Final Exam
  • Lab one

Lab 2: Final Exam
  • Lab two
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Create PowerShell tools, using native design patterns, from business requirements.

How do I get a Microsoft exam voucher?

Pearson Vue Exam vouchers can be requested and ordered with your course purchase or can be ordered separately by clicking here.

  • Vouchers are non-refundable and non-returnable. Vouchers expire 12 months from the date they are issued unless otherwise specified in the terms and conditions.
  • Voucher expiration dates cannot be extended. The exam must be taken by the expiration date printed on the voucher.

Do Microsoft courses come with post lab access?

Most Microsoft official courses will include post-lab access ranging from 30 to 180 calendar days after instructor led course delivery. A lab training key in class will be provided that can be leveraged to continue connecting to a remote lab environment for the individual course attendee.

Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?

Lunch is normally an hour-long after 3-3.5 hours of the class day.

What languages are used to deliver training?

Microsoft courses are conducted in English unless otherwise specified.

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