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55039-Windows PowerShell Scripting and Toolmaking


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  • Course Delivery: Virtual Classroom
  • Language: English

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This five-day instructor-led course is intended for IT Professionals who have a working knowledge of Windows PowerShell 3.0 techniques and technologies, and who want to build reusable tools by using Windows PowerShell 3.0. Students of this course may administer a wide variety of server and client products and technologies that offer Windows PowerShell integration, including Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Windows Active Directory Domain Services, Microsoft SharePoint Server, and more. This course focuses on the Windows PowerShell scripting language, and on the concepts and techniques needed to produce reusable, professional tools.

Course Objectives

Lesson objectives help students become comfortable with the course, and also provide a means to evaluate learning. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Design tools, including input requirements, output requirements, and functional requirements.
  • Write tools, including scripting, parameterizing commands, and providing verbose output.
  • Debug tools and provide error handling within tools.
  • Combine tools into script and manifest modules.
  • Create custom formatting views.
  • Create tools that are consistent in naming and operation with native Windows PowerShell tools


Topics Covered

Module 1: Preparing for Scripting
This module explains how to prepare the environment for scripting, and provides refresher and background information for scripting.  
  • Securing the Scripting Environment
  • Understanding Variables and Operators
  • Understanding Scripting Constructs and Scope

Module 2: Parameterizing a Command
This module explains how to start with an existing command and parameterize it to create a reusable tool.
  • Designing Parameters
  • Implementing Parameters
  • Lab : Parameterizing a Command
  • Identify changeable values
  • Declare parameters
  • Use parameters in place of changeable values
  • Test the script

Module 3: Creating a Script Module
This module explains how to turn a basic script into a script module that can be distributed, loaded, and unloaded in Windows PowerShell.
  • Designing Script Modules
  • Implementing Script Modules
  • Lab : Creating a Script Module
  • Creating a Script Module
  • Saving the script module
  • Adding a module-level variable
  • Controlling module member visibility
  • Testing the script module

Module 4: Handling Errors
This module explains how to trap and handle errors within a script module.
  • Designing Error Handling
  • Implementing Error Handling
  • Lab : Handling Errors
  • Using the Try…Catch Construct
  • Handling Command Errors
  • Handling Non-Command Errors
  • Logging Errors to a File
  • Displaying Warning Messages

Module 5: Writing Commands that Use Pipeline Input and Output
This module explains how to write commands that integrate with the Windows PowerShell pipeline. Students will create commands that produce pipeline output and that accept pipeline input.
  • Understanding Pipeline Parameter Binding
  • Implementing Pipeline Parameter Input
  • Implementing Pipeline Parameter Input
  • Lab : Writing Commands that Use Pipeline Inout and Output
  • Adding Pipeline Input Capability to Parameters
  • Working with Pipeline Input
  • Creating Custom Output Objects
  • Outputting Objects to the Pipeline

Module 6: Creating Hierarchical Command Output
This module explains how to create, and use, object-oriented output that includes object hierarchies.
  • Designing Complex Command Output
  • Implementing Complex Command Output
  • Using Object Hierarchies
  • Lab : Creating Hierarchical Command Output
  • Retrieving and Enumerating Data
  • Creating Child Objects
  • Creating the Parent Object
  • Displaying and Object Hierarchy
  • Persisting an Object Hierarchy

Module 7: Debugging Scripts
This module explains Windows PowerShell techniques used to debug scripts, and provides students with opportunities to practice debugging skills.
  • Designing Scripts for Debugging
  • Implementing Script Debugging
  • Lab : Debugging Scripts
  • Using Write-Debug
  • Using PSBreakpoints

Module 8: Customizing Default Formatting
This module explain how to create a custom formatting view that can be added to a script module.
  • Designing Formatting
  • Implementing Custom Formatting
  • Lab : Customizing Default Formatting
  • Adding a Custom Type Name to an Object
  • Creating a DefaultDisplayPropertySet Type Extension
  • Creating a Custom View
  • Adding Type Extensions and Views to Modules and Creating a Module Manifest

Module 9: Adding Advanced Parameter Attributes and Command Documentation
This module explains how to declare parameter aliases, help messages, and input validation. It also explains how to implement switch parameters, how to add support for the –WhatIf and –Confirm parameters, and how to add comment-based help to a command.
  • Implementing Advanced Parameter Attribtues
  • Implementing Help Documentation
  • Lab : Adding Advanced Parameter Attributes and Command Documentation
  • Defining Aliases and Help Messages
  • Defining Parameter Validation
  • Adding Comment-Based Help
  • Writing a Command that Uses –Confirm and –WhatIf

Module 10: Creating Controller Scripts
This module explains how to create scripts that implement complex business processes by running multiple tools in a specified sequence.
  • Designing Script Execution
  • Implementing a Controller Script
  • Lab : Creating Controller Scripts
  • Creating a Controller Script
  • Parameterizing a Controller Script
  • Testing a Controller Script
  • Debugging a Controller Script

Module 11: Creating HTML-Based Reports
This module explains how to write controller scripts that produce HTML-based management reports.  
  • Creating Basic HTML Reports
  • Creating Enhanced HTML Reports
  • Lab : Creating Reports by using HTML
  • Creating Reports by using HTML
  • Converting Objects into HTML Fragments
  • Combining HTML Fragments
  • Adding Basic Formatting
  • Creating Enhanced HTML Fragments
  • Applying Conditional Formatting

Module 12: Creating Basic Workflows
This modules explains the key differences between Windows PowerShell functions and workflows, and shows students how to create a basic workflow.
  • Understanding Workflows
  • Implementing Workflows
  • Lab : Creating Basic Workflows
  • Importing the PSWorkflow Module
  • Converting a Function to a Basic Worklfow
  • Parallelizing Commands

Module 13: Working with XML Data
This module explains how Windows PowerShell interprets, represents, and manipulates XML-based data.
  • Understanding XML
  • Implementing XML Manipulation
  • Lab : Working with XML Data
  • Loading XML
  • Manipulating XML as an Object Hierarchy
  • Selecting XML Elements by using XPath
  • Modifying XML
  • Saving XML

Module 14: Using Advanced Scripting Techniques
This module explains how to use advanced scripting techniques, including execution of external commands and graphical user interfaces.
  • Using External Functionality
  • Adding Graphical User Interface Elements

Module 15: Creating Proxy Functions
This module explains how to create proxy functions in Windows PowerShell.
  • Designing Proxy Functions
  • Implementing Proxy Functions
  • Lab : Creating Proxy Functions
  • Generating a Proxy Function Template
  • Modifying the Template
  • Using the Proxy Function
  • Bypassing a Proxy Function

Module 16: Building Tools in Windows PowerShell
This module is a “final exam” for the course, and offers students the opportunity to build a complete tool, from scratch, using many of the techniques that they have learned in the preceding days.
  • Designing the Tool
  • Implementing the Tool
  • Testing the Tool
  • Lab : Building Tools in Windows PowerShell
  • Designing the Tool
  • Implementing the Tool
  • Testing the Tool



Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Experience in administering Windows server and client computers
  • Experience in running interactive Windows PowerShell commands from the command prompt
  • Course 10961 is strongly recommended as a pre-requisite to this course

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