PowerShell for System Center Configuration Manager Administrators

Session Detail:    Classroom 3 Day

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 1802 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.


  • Basic Windows and Active Directory knowledge.
  • Conceptual knowledge of Configuration Manager objects and how they interact.
  • Basic experience performing configuration tasks in SCCM using the graphical console.
  • Experience working from a command prompt.
  • Basic knowledge of the fundamentals of Windows PowerShell.

Who Can Benefit

This course is intended for IT professionals who need to manage the day-to-day environment of an SCCM 1802 or newer environment. Knowledge of the workings of a standalone primary SCCM site and basic PowerShell experience is recommended.

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Review of System Center Configuration Manager Concepts

  • Lesson 1: The architecture of a System Center Configuration Manager 1802 Installation
  • Lesson 2: Managing Assets
  • Lesson 3: Content Delivery and Management
  • Lesson 4: Security, Monitoring, and Remote Management

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the key components of a System Center Configuration Manager installation
  • Explain the inventory and software usage monitoring functionality
  • Describe how the software distribution, software update, and operating system deployment features of SCCM deliver content to devices and users
  • Show how security roles and scopes allow for distributed administration
  • Obtain detailed information about system or component status, results from deployments and overall SCCM monitoring
  • Explain the remote management functionality

Module 2: Managing Resources

  • Lesson 1: Implementing Discovery
  • Lesson 2: Organizing Resources with Collections
  • Lesson 3: Working with Boundaries

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Obtain details on the discovery methods configured in your site and make modifications to those methods
  • Invoke an on-demand discovery cycle
  • Create and populate device and user collections
  • Gather details on collection memberships and force immediate collection membership evaluation
  • Manually create site boundaries and configure discovery to automate boundary creation
  • Create, populate and modify boundary groups

Module 3: Working with Clients

  • Lesson 1: Installing the Configuration Manager Client
  • Lesson 2: Managing Client Settings
  • Lesson 3: Managing Client Operations
  • Lesson 4: Monitoring Client Status

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure the client push installation method
  • Perform a client installation using a client push installation
  • Manage the default client settings
  • Create, modify and deploy custom client device and user settings
  • Notify clients of policy changes and manage client operations
  • Configure client status settings and refresh client status statistics

Module 4: Distributing Software

  • Lesson 1: Configure the Software Distribution Components
  • Lesson 2: Working with Distribution Points
  • Lesson 3: Creating Content for Distribution
  • Lesson 4: Deploying Software Applications

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure the software distribution component
  • Create and modify on-premises distribution points
  • Create software packages and programs
  • Create applications and deployment types
  • Transfer or refresh the content on distribution points
  • Implement new features of the application model of Configuration Manager 1802
  • Deploy software programs and applications
  • Configure a simulated application deployment

Module 5: Updating Systems with WSUS and SCCM

  • Lesson 1: Integrating Configuration Manager and WSUS
  • Lesson 2: Managing Updates through Software Update Groups
  • Lesson 3: Creating and Deploying Update Packages
  • Lesson 4: Working with Automatic Deployment Rules

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Link Windows Server Update Services and System Center Configuration Manager 1802 by creating a Software Update Point
  • Synchronize updates between WSUS and SCCM
  • Gather information on updates and organize them into software update groups
  • Create and manage software update deployments
  • Create automatic deployment rules

Module 6: How PowerShell Can Manage Compliance Settings

  • Lesson 1: Creating Compliance Settings Objects
  • Lesson 2: Deploying and Monitor the Baseline

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Create and modify configuration items
  • Create, populate and deploy configuration baselines
  • Establish a baseline compliance summarization schedule
  • Force an immediate baseline compliance summarization

Module 7: Configuring Operating System Deployment Objects

  • Lesson 1: Preparing the OSD Environment
  • Lesson 2: Working with Task Sequences

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Create and modify boot images
  • Import drivers into your site
  • Create and populate driver packages
  • Create operating system images and operating system installer images
  • Create, modify and deploy task sequences

Module 8: Working at the Site Level

  • Lesson 1: Modify the Site
  • Lesson 2: Adding Site System Roles
  • Lesson 3: Adding a Secondary Site

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Modify the properties of a primary site
  • Configure Wake On LAN
  • Modify site maintenance tasks
  • Configure email notification for alerts
  • Add additional site system roles
  • Deploy a secondary site

Module 9: Security and Monitoring

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Role-Based Administration
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Endpoint Protection
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Monitoring Options

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Copy and modify security roles
  • Create security scopes
  • Create administrative users
  • Add security roles and scopes to administrative users
  • Create an Endpoint Protection Point site system role
  • Create, modify and deploy antimalware policies
  • Start an on-demand anti-malware scan
  • Modify the scan results summarization schedule and force immediate summarization
  • Modify status summarizers
  • Create status filter rules
  • Create and manage in-console alerts and alert subscriptions
  • Create and manage status message queries

Module 10: Using PowerShell Scripting to Automate SCCM Tasks

  • Lesson 1: Review of Scripting Constructs
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to the Configuration Manager WMI Classes

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Write PowerShell scripts to automate SCCM tasks

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