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Windows PowerShell Scripting and Toolmaking

training code: MS 55039 / ENG DL 5d / EN

level Advanced

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5,300.00 PLN 6,519.00 PLN with TAX

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.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • 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

Before attending this course, students must have:

  • 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
  • Training: English
  • Materials: English
  1. Module 1: Tool Design
    • Tools do one thing
    • Tools are flexible
    • Tools look native
  2. Module 2: Start with a Command
    • Why start with a command?
    • Discovery and experimentation
  3. Module 3: Build a Basic Function and Module
    • Start with a basic function
    • Create a script module
    • Check prerequisites
    • Run the new command
  4. Module 4: Adding CmdletBinding and Parameterizing
    • About CmdletBinding and common parameters
    • Accepting pipeline input
    • Mandatory-ness
    • Parameter validation
    • Parmeter aliases
  5. Module 5: Emitting Objects as Output
    • Assembling information
    • Constructing and emitting output
    • Quick tests
  6. Module 6: An Interlude: Changing Your Approach
    • Examining a script
    • Critiquing a script
    • Revising the script
  7. Module 7: Using Verbose, Warning, and Informational Output
    • Knowing the six channels
    • Adding verbose and warning output
    • Doing more with verbose output
    • Informational output
  8. Module 8: Comment-Based Help
    • Where to put your help
    • Getting started
    • Going further with comment-based help
    • Broken help
  9. Module 9: Handling Errors
    • 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
  10. Module 10: Basic Debugging
    • Two kinds of bugs
    • The ultimate goal of debugging
    • Developing assumptions
    • Write-Debug
    • Set-PSBreakpoint
    • The PowerShell ISE
  11. Module 11: Going Deeper with Parameters
    • Parameter positions
    • Validation
    • Multiple parameter sets
    • Value from remaining arguments
    • Help messages
    • Aliases
    • More CmdletBinding
  12. Module 12: Writing Full Help
    • External help
    • Using PlatyPs
    • Supporting online help
    • “About” topics
    • Making your help updatable
  13. Module 13: Unit Testing Your Code
    • Sketching out the test
    • Making something to test
    • Expanding the test
    • Going further with Pester
  14. Module 14: Extending Output Types
    • Understanding types
    • The Extensible Type System
    • Extending an object
    • Using Update-TypeData
  15. Module 15: Analyzing Your Script
    • Performing a basic analysis
    • Analyzing the analysis
  16. Module 16: Publishing Your Tools
    • Begin with a manifest
    • Publishing to PowerShell Gallery
    • Publishing to private repositories
  17. Module 17: Basic Controllers: Automation Scripts and Menus
    • Building a menu
    • Using UIChoice
    • Writing a process controller
  18. Module 18: Proxy Functions
    • A proxy example
    • Creating the proxy base
    • Modifying the proxy
    • Adding or removing parameters
  19. Module 19: Working with XML Data
    • Simple: CliXML
    • Importing native XML
    • ConvertTo-XML
    • Creating native XML from scratch
  20. Module 20: Working with JSON Data
    • Converting to JSON
    • Converting from JSON
  21. Module 21: Working with SQL Server Data
    • SQL Server terminology and facts
    • Connecting to the server and database
    • Writing a query
    • Running a query
    • Invoke-SqlCmd
    • Thinking about tool design patterns