Duration: 3 Days
Software Assurance Value:
This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to use PowerShell for System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) administration. In this course, students learn how to access the PowerShell cmdlets included with SCCM 2012 R2 and use them to perform configuration tasks for a primary site. Individual cmdlets will be used in working with objects such as Boundaries, Boundary Groups, Collections, Software Deployment, Patching, Compliance Settings, OSD Task Sequences, and many others. Basic scripting will also be covered so that students can learn how to put PowerShell to use when working with large sets of objects.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
This course is intended for IT professionals who need to manage the day-to-day environment of an SCCM 2012 SP1 or newer environment. Knowledge of the workings of a standalone primary SCCM site and basic PowerShell experience is recommended.
Module 1: Review of System Center Configuration Manager Concepts
This module explains the main capabilities of a System Center Configuration Manager hierarchy. In a brief review students will learn how the various objects work together to provide the functionality delivered with SCCM 2012 R2.
Lab: Reviewing a Primary Site Installation
Module 2: Managing Resources
This module explains how to use PowerShell cmdlets to work with resources. Topics include configuring discovery methods, creating and modifying Boundaries and Boundary Groups, and working with Collections. On-demand and scheduled collection membership evaluation settings will also be discussed.
Lab: Configuring Discovery, Collections and Boundaries
Module 3: Working with Clients
This module explains how to configure the software distribution functionality, create and modify software packages and applications, establish Global Conditions for use with Requirement Rules, and work with Distribution Points and Distribution Point Groups.
Lab: Utilizing PowerShell to Manage Clients
Module 4: Updating Systems with WSUS and SCCM
This module explains how to use PowerShell cmdlets to create and manage Configuration Items and Baselines, as well as VPN, Remote Connection, User Profile, and Wireless Configuration Items. Deployment of Baselines is also discussed.
Lab: Using Configuration Manager Cmdlets to Manage Software Updates
Module 5: How PowerShell Can Manage Compliance Settings
This module explains how to take advantage of the PowerShell cmdlets with SCCM to configure the Operating System Deployment function. It also describes how to configure Drivers and Driver Packages, Boot Images, Operating System Images and Task Sequences. Deployment of Task Sequences to Collections is also covered.
Lab: How PowerShell Can Manage Compliance
Module 6: Configuring Operating System Deployment Objects
This module explains how to use PowerShell to manage devices with a Configuration Manager client. Topics include installing the client software, invoking client actions, modifying client settings and changing the status of clients. The module also describes how to set a client device variable, deploy new settings to the client, and refresh client status results.
Lab: Operating System Deployment with Windows PowerShell
Module 7: Distributing Software
This module explains how to use the PowerShell cmdlets to create and configure the integration of SCCM and WSUS using a Software Update Point. It also describes how to create and modify Software Update Groups and Automatic Deployment Rules. Cmdlets are also used to manage Deployment Packages and their associated Deployments.
Lab: Using Cmdlets to Publish Content
Module 8: Working at the Site Level
This module explains how to manage site level configurations such as adding site system roles and creating Secondary sites. It also describes how to setup email notification for alerts and modify the hierarchy settings.
Lab: Modifying Site Settings
Module 9: Security and Monitoring
This module explains how to use cmdlets to implement role based administration through security roles and scopes. It also describes how Endpoint Protection policies can be configured and deployed. The module also explains various monitoring functions available through PowerShell such as Alerts, Status Filter Rules, Status Summarizers, Status Message Queries and Alert Subscriptions.
Lab: Implementing Security and Monitoring
Module 10: Using PowerShell Scripting to Automate SCCM Tasks
This module explains how to use constructs such as if, switch, for each, and for alongside cmdlets to create scripts that automate various Configuration Manager tasks.
Lab: Writing Scripts for Configuration Manager Activities