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.

NIC 2017 Slides and Demos

Nic2017-logoEarlier this month I had the pleasure of presenting at the Nordic Infrastructure Conference (NIC). This is still a relatively young conference as these things go, but you couldn’t tell based on my experiences.  Given the demise of TechEd Europe, conferences like this are filling the void, and doing a fantastic job.

The conference draws top speakers who really pack them in.

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I gave 2 PowerShell related sessions which from my perspective were well attended.

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My presentations were on PowerShell Web Access and how to do more with remoting.  The latter was titled “Secrets of PowerShell Remoting”, but really only secret in the sense that you may not have seen or heard of a few techniques or concepts.

If you’ve attended any of my conference sessions in the past you know I tend to minimize slides and maximize demo time. So even though I’m including a PDF of my slide material it probably won’t have much meaning.

You can download a zip file with my session material.

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The sessions were recorded and at some point should be available on the conference’s YouTube channel.

IT/Dev Connections 2016 Demos

I had a great time in Las Vegas a few weeks ago presenting at IT/Dev Connections. If you attended one of my sessions, thanks for taking the time. I hope found it time well spent. I tend to offer more demo-intensive presentations with minimal PowerPoint, which no one has complained about yet!

In some of my sessions I included a link to a zip file with the relevant demos and sample code but in case you missed it, or I didn’t provide a link during the event, here is a one-stop shop for all of my material. Continue reading

Download your Ignite schedule with PowerShell


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So I’m starting to get ready for Ignite next week. This year my attendance is down to a single day so I wanted to make sure I got the most out of it. I used the Scheduled Builder to pick some sessions to see on Tuesday.  Once that was done I thought I’d export the events to my calendar. However, I don’t use Microsoft Outlook or a Windows Phone. I couldn’t get the link to save an .ICS file or otherwise export my schedule. Then I remembered I know how to use PowerShell.

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