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Learning Goal: I’m working on a information technology project and need support to help me learn.


4049.2.1 : Implements Automation Tools

The learner implements tools that automate manual processes for an organization.


In this task you will create PowerShell script. PowerShell enables administrators to perform administrative tasks on both local and remote systems. You will be expected to apply scripting standards and use exception and exit handling where appropriate. The completed product will prompt the user for input to complete various tasks until the user selects a prompt to exit the script.

For this task, you will use the Performance Assessment Lab Area accessed by the Performance Assessment Lab Area link to access the virtual lab environment to complete this task.


You are working as a server administrator at a consulting firm. Your client is a recent start-up company based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently their environment contains only 35 employees. They will be doubling their staff in the coming months, and you will need to start automating some processes that are commonly run. In the near future, they may be hiring an intern for the system administration. As such, you will need to comment throughout the script to identify the script processes. Please follow the task requirements below to help this company.


Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. The similarity report that is provided when you submit your task can be used as a guide.

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.

Tasks may not be submitted as cloud links, such as links to Google Docs, Google Slides, OneDrive, etc., unless specified in the task requirements. All other submissions must be file types that are uploaded and submitted as attachments (e.g., .docx, .pdf, .ppt).

A. Create a PowerShell script named prompts.ps1 within the Requirements1 folder. For the first line, create a comment and include your first and last name along with your student ID.

Note: The remainder of this task should be completed within the same script file, prompts.ps1.

B. Create a switch statement that continues to prompt a user by doing each of the following activities, until a user presses key 5:

1. Using a regular expression, list files within the Requirements1 folder, with the .log file extension and redirect the results to a new file called DailyLog.txt within the same directory without overwriting existing data. Each time the user selects this prompt, the current date should precede the listing. (User presses key 1.)

2. List the files inside the Requirements1 folder in tabular format, sorted in ascending alphabetical order. Direct the output into a new file called C916contents.txt found in your Requirements1 folder. (User presses key 2.)

3. List the current CPU and memory usage. (User presses key 3.)

4. List all the different running processes inside your system. Sort the output by virtual size used least to greatest, and display it in grid format. (User presses key 4.)

5. Exit the script execution. (User presses key 5.)

C. Apply scripting standards throughout your script, including the addition of comments that describe the behavior of each of parts B1B5.

D. Apply exception handling using try-catch for System.OutOfMemoryException.

E. Run your script and take a screenshot of the user results when each prompt (parts B3B4) is chosen. Save each screenshot within the Requirements1 folder. Compress all files (original and new) within the folder to a ZIP archive.

F. When you are ready to submit your final script, run the Get-FileHash cmdlet against the Requirements1 ZIP archive. Note that hash value and place it into the comment section when you submit your task.

File Restrictions

File name may contain only letters, numbers, spaces, and these symbols: ! – _ . * ‘ ( )
File size limit: 200 MB
File types allowed: doc, docx,