Automate IT Tasks

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This project is part of the liveProject series Automate IT Tasks with PowerShell
basic PowerShell
skills learned
handle errors • get data from external sources • PowerShell Gallery • Windows Task Scheduler
William Wade
1 week · 4-6 hours per week · BEGINNER
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Your manager at RetroToy, an online retailer that sells replacement parts to toy and game hobbyists, needs product data downloaded from a vendor’s API. As an IT professional for the company, this task falls to you. You’ll connect to the data using Invoke-RestMethod, which will automatically parse the JSON result as PSCustomObjects. You’ll handle errors with PowerShell’s Try/Catch/Finally statement, ensuring your code behaves as expected. You’ll also save yourself time and effort by taking advantage of PowerShell Gallery, a central repository for PowerShell content, to find and install a third-party script for logging errors. With Task Scheduler, you’ll automate your daily tasks, giving yourself the freedom to focus on more productive endeavors.

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 how to ensure your scripts run as expected by logging and handling errors, as well as how to automate your scripts and save time and effort by taking advantage of third-party PowerShell resources at your disposal.

  • Use Windows Task Scheduler to schedule running code without user interaction
  • Use the PowerShell Gallery to find third-party modules to use with your scripts
  • Access data on the web using Invoke-WebRequest
  • Handle errors in your code


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