PowerShell and DevOps Summit 2016

Well another PowerShell Summit has come and gone. Although now we’re all grown up and are now the PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit. This year’s event was sold out and featured speakers from around the world as well as many people from Microsoft. In fact this is the only event where you can interact personally with members of the PowerShell and Windows Server product teams as well as get sneak peeks about what is coming. Even though most of the sessions were recorded and will eventually be made publicly available, not everything was recorded and of course you can’t capture the one-on-one nature of the event.

I enjoyed meeting old friends and making some new ones. I sat in on some very interesting sessions and have a number of new things to try out and play with if I ever get a bit of spare time.

I presented a 2 hour session that centered on how I rapidly build new PowerShell tools from existing commands. I received some terrific feedback and the session went well. I never know if what I’m presenting is what people are expecting or at the level they need but I think this session went well. The session was recorded and as far as I know eventually it will be posted online. I’ll share that information when it happens. In the meantime, I’ve assembled all of my demos into a zip file which you can download from here.

Next year’s event will be back in Bellevue, Washington most likely in April 2017. Don’t wait to register when you see it open.  A call for sessions will open up probably in the August-September time frame.

If you attended this year, I’d love to know what you thought, what you took away and what you think would make it an even more awesome event.

PowerShell Summit Europe 2015 Presentations

Last week I gave two presentations at the European edition of the PowerShell Summit held in beautiful Stockholm, Sweden. If you weren’t able to attend, you can still enjoy the sessions because everything was recorded. Session recordings for the entire conference can be found on PowerShell.org’s YouTube channel.

I thought I would post something here about my sessions including my demos and slides. One of my talks was on customizing the PowerShell ISE. I spend a lot of time in the ISE and have developed a lot of tricks and shortcuts to save myself time and frustration. My presentation explained how to create your own shortcuts and demonstrated a lot of my tips and tricks.

You can download a zip file of my material here.

My other presentation was about techniques and tips around logging in PowerShell. We often want to include a logging mechanism into our scripts and modules and there are a number of techniques you can use. Additionally, there may be a need for logging an entire PowerShell session. I talked about ways to accomplish that including a peak at some new PowerShell v5 features.

Demo files and slides can be downloaded here.

Hopefully the videos and material will be of some use to you, although I have to tell you that the real benefit of attending the Summit is the interaction with other attendees and speakers. It is the exchange of information between sessions that is extremely valuable and impossible to capture unless you attend.

Seats for the next North American event in Bellevue, WA will be limited so keep an eye on the calendar and act fast when tickets go on sale.

In the Neighborhood

globe As some of you may have heard, I will be presenting in Helsinki, Finland on June 9th as part of the MVP All Stars seminar. I’m very excited about the conference and am looking forward to spreading the word about PowerShell to a new group of IT professionals. But it is a long trip from home to Helsinki and I’d like to make the most of it.

I’d love to be able to run a 3-5 day training session for your organization on either side of my June 9th event, although preferably before. If your organization is in Scandinavia, Northern Europe or even the UK and have been thinking about some PowerShell training, now is a great opportunity. From PowerShell fundamentals to advanced scripting to DSC, I am confident there is plenty of value I can add to your group. But the time to plan is now. I will try to accommodate as many requests as I can, but this really is a first-come, first-served situation.

Click here to request more information.

On the Road in 2015

calendar As 2014 draws to a close it is time to start planning for 2015. Naturally it is still early but I wanted to share with you some of my plans for next year. As always I hope to get out as much as I can next year to talk about PowerShell and demonstrate how it can change your job and career. I’m hoping to get to as many public conferences and user group meetings as my budget can afford. I’ll post and tweet new events as they are confirmed but for now these are a few of my planned outings.

PowerShell Summit North America 2015
I will be presenting at the PowerShell Summit this April in Charlotte, NC. This event is like no other when it comes to PowerShell content. 3 days of intense, hard-core, PowerShell-all-the-time awesomeness. This event generally sells out and I believe 2015 will be no different. There will be a PowerShell Summit Europe next year as well which I’m hoping to sneak into. If you can’t make Charlotte, watch for announcements about 2016 and don’t wait!

Microsoft Ignite
The successor the Microsoft TechEd (and just about every other Microsoft conference), Microsoft Ignite, is practically a given. Especially because it is being held in one of my favorite cities, Chicago. Not sure where I’ll be but most likely you’ll be able to find me hanging around the Pluralsight and PowerShell booths.

MVP All-Stars
I’m very excited to be speaking in Helsinki, Finland on June 9, 2015 as part of the MVP All-Stars event. My session will be on PowerShell in the Enterprise. I’ll be talking about why you should be using and learning PowerShell and demonstrating how it can make your work easier and maybe even bring some fun back to it.

In addition to these in-person events you will also be able to find me throughout the year doing webinars for Petri.com. I’ll be announcing those as they are scheduled.

Finally, I am still open for private PowerShell training classes in 2015. If you organization has a group of IT Pros needing to get started with PowerShell, learn an advanced topic like DSC, or better understand how to use PowerShell in practice with something like Active Directory, please feel free to contact me.

Hoping you have a fantastic 2015 and that our paths will cross.

Why You Should Attend the PowerShell Summit

powershellorg-logo As you might be aware, registration is open for the PowerShell Summit North America 2015 to be help April 20-22, 2015 on the Microsoft campus in Charlotte, NC. You may be wondering why you should attend or even if you should attend. To begin, take a few minutes to read the Summit 2015 Education brochure.

Then let me add my thoughts on the subject.

First and foremost, if your day job involves PowerShell in any way and you are looking to learn more about PowerShell to do your job better or advance your career, then you should attend this conference. Given Microsoft’s move to larger conferences, finding hardcore PowerShell content is going to get harder and harder. The PowerShell Summit is intentionally small and intense. Sessions are rapid 45 minute presentations on topics that you won’t find covered at other conferences.

The speakers are all active and highly visible members of the PowerShell community. Probably many of the same people you follow on Twitter. Or if they aren’t speaking they will most likely be in attendance. This includes many PowerShell MVPs such as myself, Don Jones, Jim Christoper, Jason Helmick and Richard Siddaway. But wait…there’s more!

In addition, the PowerShell Summit includes presentations from members of the PowerShell team from Microsoft, including Jeffrey Snover. I’m not promising you’ll get an inside peek into anything new, but you will learn more about PowerShell that you ever thought possible. Even better, due to the intimate nature of the conference it is easy to chat with presenters, including members of the product team. In fact, it is encouraged.

I tell attendees that if you have a PowerShell question that doesn’t get answered at the Summit, assuming you ask it, it doesn’t have an answer. This is *the* place to get all of the practical, real-world and ready-to-use PowerShell knowledge you need to keep your boss happy.

Even if you feel you are just getting started with PowerShell, I would still encourage you to attend. There will be plenty of content to get you to the next level. And sometimes it helps to know where you can go with PowerShell, even if you aren’t ready yet.

If you are a seasoned PowerShell veteran, there’s always something new to learn. And access to the Microsoft team is priceless. Jeffrey Snover and the team are genuinely interested in how we are using PowerShell, what isn’t working and what do we still need. Your experience at the conference could help direct the future of PowerShell.

Registration is limited so you don’t want to wait to attend. Follow the registration link on the conference site to get started.

If you’ve attended a past Summit and found it useful, I hope you’ll post your experiences and reasons for attending in the comments. I hope to see you in Charlotte.