Windows PowerShell Scripting and Toolmaking (A Version)

Windows PowerShell Scripting and Toolmaking (A Version) Courseware (55039A)

Build the tools that will allow you to better administer your Windows server and client products.

In this course, you will learn to build reusable tools by using Windows PowerShell. This course focuses on the Windows PowerShell scripting language and on the concepts and techniques needed to design tools, including and output requirements and functional requirements. You will learn functions to deal with anticipated errors using standard PowerShell patterns and practices. By course completion, you will be armed with the knowledge and skills to better 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.

What is the difference between this course and the B version of the course here?

The B version of the course is more comprehensive, but is not as conducive to in-class learning. Most trainers prefer to teach from this version and to distribute the B version to students for their own reading after class. Regardless of which version you buy, you can request that students get both versions at no extra charge.


  • 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

In this course, you will learn to build reusable tools by using Windows PowerShell 5.0/5.1.


 Preparing for Scripting

  • Securing the Scripting Environment
  • Understanding Variables and Operators
  • Understanding Scripting Constructs and Scope

2. Parameterizing a Command

  • Designing Parameters
  • Implementing Parameters

3. Creating a Script Module

  • Designing Script Modules
  • Implementing Script Modules

4. Handling Errors

  • Designing Error Handling
  • Implementing Error Handling

5. Writing Commands that Use Pipeline Input and Output

  • Understanding Pipeline Parameter Binding
  • Implementing Pipeline Parameter Input
  • Implementing Pipeline Parameter Input

6. Creating Hierarchical Command Output

  • Designing Complex Command Output
  • Implementing Complex Command Output
  • Using Object Hierarchies

7. Debugging Scripts

  • Designing Scripts for Debugging
  • Implementing Script Debugging

8. Customizing Default Formatting

  • Designing Formatting
  • Implementing Custom Formatting

9. Adding Advanced Parameter Attributes and Command Documentation

  • Implementing Advanced Parameter Attributes
  • Implementing Help Documentation

10. Creating Controller Scripts

  • Designing Script Execution
  • Implementing a Controller Script

11. Creating HTML-Based Reports

  • Creating Basic HTML Reports
  • Creating Enhanced HTML Reports

12. Creating Basic Workflows

  • Understanding Workflows
  • Implementing Workflows

13. Working with XML Data

  • Understanding XML
  • Implementing XML Manipulation

14. Using Advanced Scripting Techniques

  • Using External Functionality
  • Adding Graphical User Interface Elements

15. Creating Proxy Functions

  • Designing Proxy Functions
  • Implementing Proxy Functions

16. Building Tools in Windows PowerShell

  • Designing the Tool
  • Implementing the Tool
  • Testing the Tool

Required 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

Length: 5 days | $175.00 per copy
Labs providers: Skillable

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What is Included?
  • Student Manual
  • PowerPoint Presentation

    *Labs must be purchased from the lab provider.