Automate IT Tasks

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This project is part of the liveProject series Automate IT Tasks with PowerShell
basic PowerShell
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use CIM to access computer data • format text • methods for outputting data from Powershell
William Wade
1 week · 2-4 hours per week · BEGINNER
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You’re an IT professional who’s been hired by RetroToy, an online retailer that sells replacement parts to hobbyists who restore out-of-production toys and games. To help support RetroToy’s growing success, you’ve been tasked with reducing the company’s IT workload by eliminating manual tasks using automation. Using PowerShell’s Common Information Model (CIM) commands, you’ll capture information from different PCs. Then, you’ll format the data you’ve gathered into a user-friendly CSV format and output these values into a single source. With the CIM commands you’ll learn in this project, you’ll be automating tasks—like adding and removing Windows features, updating software, and setting up network drives—with ease.

This project is for Windows only.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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William Wade

William Wade is a freelance developer specializing in software automation. As the founder of Dirigo Software Solutions, he pursues his passion for helping businesses leverage technology to improve their productivity. He speaks to local IT user groups about PowerShell and automation.


This liveProject is for beginning IT professionals who are looking for ways to improve their PowerShell skills. To begin these liveProjects, you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Basic PowerShell
  • Basic Windows IT Administration (set up users, work with files, install software)

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn to make automating common IT tasks easier with PowerShell by capturing data from multiple PCs and outputting them in a user-friendly format to a single source.

  • Use the Common Information Model (CIM) to get information about a computer
  • Use PowerShell for remote access to computers (remoting)
  • Methods for outputting data from PowerShell


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