Friday Fun: PowerShell Anagrams

Maybe it’s my liberal arts background but I love words and word games. I have a constant pile of crosswords and enjoy tormenting my kids (and wife) with puns.  I am also fascinated with word hacks like palindromes and anagrams. An anagram is where you take a word like ‘pot’ and rearrange the letters to spell another word like ‘opt’ or ‘top’.  Short words are easy to do in your head.  So I thought why not get PowerShell to do some of the letter crunching for me.

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Your First Day with PowerShell

I’m happy to let everyone know that my latest Pluralsight course is now available. “Your First Day with PowerShell” is a short course targeted at the absolute PowerShell beginner.

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I wanted to be there as it were as you started your very first day learning and using PowerShell. My goal was to be with you virtually, and guide you through how you should spend your first hours with PowerShell. If you’ve decided to set out on the journey, I wanted to make sure you head off in the right direction and not on your own. You can check out a short overview clip here.

Clearly, you aren’t going to learn PowerShell in 90 minutes and you should watch this course in conjunction with some of the other PowerShell fundamentals courses. For those of you who have already watched the course, thank you. I’ve received plenty of nice comments.

Now I’d better get back to work on the next one!

Friday Fun: Listing WMI Namespaces

Welcome once again to the end of the week.  Hopefully you spent some time in PowerShell. If not, perhaps this tidbit will be intriguing enough to give it a try. I always try to put the “fun” in function and today I have one that will enumerate all the WMI namespaces, but using Get-CimInstance, or the “modern” way to work with WMI. You probably know about the root\Cimv2 namespace but there are many others and if you explore you might find some other namespaces and classes that are useful.

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PowerShell Summit 2017 Demo Files

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During the recent PowerShell+DevOps Global Summit I had two primary presentations, that is, traditional sessions with slides and demos. My other sessions were panels which means if you weren’t in the room you missed out on some great content and interaction.

Anyway….my main sessions were on creating class-based PowerShell tools and using Nano server in the datacenter. The former was a lightening fast 45 minute session where I tried to cram in as much as I could. The latter was a 90 minute walkthrough of building a variety of Nano server images to meet traditional datacenter roles. Again, there’s no substitute for attending.

But for those of you who couldn’t attend, all of my demo files are available on GitHub.

I realize not everyone has jumped on to GitHub yet. You don’t need a GitHub account to get these files. No need to fork or clone. All you have to do is click on the green “clone or download” button and download a zip file. Of course you are welcome to clone the repo if you’d like.

As far as recordings go, this was not a good year. My Nano server session was not recorded and I don’t know yet about the class-based tools session.

Thanks to everyone who attended my sessions. I hope you found them worth your time.

PowerShell+DevOps Summit Reflections

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I’ve recently returned from Bellevue, WA and the 5th annual PowerShell+DevOps Summit.  Each year our event has grown and this year I think we’ve crossed over into being the PowerShell-related event you should attend. I spoke with many attendees who couldn’t stress enough how much they were getting out of the conference. For some, the conference paid for itself within the first 30 minutes.  A significant barometer for me is the number of attendees who either paid for the conference out of their own pocket or burned vacation days to attend. Hopefully their employers will recognize the value and offer some assistance next year. And even though we had some nasty hiccups between flights, family emergencies and flaky recording equipment, I can’t think of a single person I met that wasn’t coming back next year.

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One of the primary benefits of attending this event, is the opportunity to hear directly from the PowerShell product team at Microsoft, including Technical Fellow Jeffrey Snover.

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This is your chance to communicate directly with key members of the team to voice your concerns, praise or questions. You also get a rare glimpse into what the team is working on and where we’re going with all of this.

But more than anything, I have started to recognize attendees of this event as a tribe. Complete with respected elders.

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And of course the community “feasting” is legendary.

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I hope that next year you’ll consider joining the tribe. There isn’t much of an initiation ceremony other than getting involved and no tattoo is required!

Next year’s event runs April 9-12. Astute observers will recognize this as the same dates this year, but we are moving to a Monday-Thursday format. We plan on a slight increase in the number of available seats but you should expect that next year will also be a sell-out event. You should keep an eye on https://powershell.org/summit/ as well as the #PSHSummit tag on Twitter.

If you attended this year, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the event and its value to you.