Ideas and Inspiration

brainideaI received an email the other day from someone who is looking to expand their professional identity and brand. Of course one way to accomplish that is by writing and publishing or sharing your work with others. But this begs the natural question, “How do you know what to write about?” Or as I have often been asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” Since my email pal put these questions to me I thought I’d take a few minutes today to share my thoughts (see what I’m doing?). Continue reading

Microsoft MVP Once Again

MVP-Logo-smallI never take these things for granted and try very hard throughout the year to provide service to the community. So I’m very happy to share the news that I have been renewed for my 10th year as a Microsoft MVP. My official community is Cloud and Datacenter Management, but I think deep down I’ll always be a PowerShell MVP.

I honestly enjoy the work I do and hope that you find it worthwhile. I will be continuing to contribute to the community through this blog, my articles at, my courses for Pluralsight as well as conferences and user group presentations. I look forward to the next year. With the upcoming release of Windows Server 2016 there will be many opportunities. I hope you’ll stick around.

Thank you.

This Year is for You

jdh-powershellIf you’ve been following my work for any length of time, you probably have a pretty good idea of what kind of guy I am, the things I am interested in and what matters to me. I’m assuming you’ve seen me at a conference, read one of my books or articles, or follow me on Twitter. In thinking about the new year I’ve decided to “double down” for 2016 and bet on you.

I have always taken an interest in the career and daily job duties of today’s IT Pro. I have always wanted to help you find ways to do your job better, more efficiently and hopefully with a bit more fun.  For Windows professionals this has meant learning more and more about technologies like PowerShell and concepts like DevOps. Even if the company you are at now has yet to embrace these tools, or recognize their value,  that’s not to say your next job won’t.

I can appreciate that learning the fundamentals for these tools can be difficult. And even after you have a basic understanding, how can you use them to make your job better? That’s what 2016 is all about for me.

I plan on continuing to write content for with an emphasis on a lot of new beginner content.  I will also be looking for additional outlets, so if you are a vendor looking to sponsor some content, or develop material that would benefit my community, I’d love to talk to you.

I intend to continue creating training material for Pluralsight. This has been a terrific company to work with and offer a growing catalog of learning resources that I know will help you out. Expect to see new PowerShell-related content from me.

Finally, I intend to get as much face time with all of you as I can. In some cases, it might be virtual.  I plan on presenting at several conferences this year. Right now I am booked for Techmentor in Las Vegas this March and the PowerShell Summit in April. For my Swedish friends I am scheduled to present a Masterclass on PowerShell v5 also in April.

I also hope to present to a number of PowerShell user groups. I have been talking with several groups already and will share more as things firm up.  I’m happy to present virtually, but of course would love to do in-person presentations. The drawback is that I don’t have an enormous travel budget being self-employed.  But, there are potential solutions. I’m not looking to make a profit from these types of appearance, just enough to offset my travel expenses.  I know some groups have budgets for this sort of thing. If you don’t, another possibility is to schedule some type of paid workshop ahead of your user group meeting. Ideally, enough people would attend the workshop to help offset travel expenses. If you are interested, and this also includes those of you who run SQL Saturday events, where I’d love to present, drop me a line.  I have some other ideas on this travel expense challenge that I am working on.

In short, this year I want to make about you. I want to help you learn how to do your job better, more efficiently and amaze your boss and co-workers.  I want to be practical and real-world as much as I can. And I want us to have fun.

Are you ready to get started?!

Blog RSS Changes

After fighting the last few weeks trying to get Feedburner to work, I’ve decided to revise a few things. First off,  the new RSS feed for my blog is The old link will remain active but eventually slowly die.  But what I really hope you’ll consider is signing up for my mailing list. Yeah, I know another mailing list and more spam.  Well, I don’t have time for any of that any more than you do. The email list will get daily RSS notices. That’s the primary purpose for the list. However, I might on occasion send out an email about something I’m up to which I think you will be interested in such as a new book, course or conference appearance.

I’m using MailChimp so it is easy for you to manage your preferences and opt out.  If you are interested the sign up form is simple. You will need to confirm your email address.

Finally, I probably don’t say it enough, but thank you for taking the time to read what I post here, buy my books, come to my conference sessions or watch my Pluralsight courses. Without you I’d just be an old man sitting in a room by himself all day.

PSBlogWeek Ebook and PDF Available

coverWe really appreciate the interest in our PowerShell Blog Week experiment. It was a lot of fun and it seems many of you got something useful out of it as well. I wouldn’t be too surprised if you don’t see another event later this year, most likely with even more contributors.

In the mean time, we thought you might like to have all of the #PSBlogWeek articles in one handy document. The original articles and links will remain in place, but this might come in handy for offline reading. You can download a PDF version of the file from here (right-click to save and download).

We’ve also produced the file in a few ebook reader formats which you are also welcome to download.




Again, thanks for your interest and support. Enjoy!