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

Change is in the air

Petri_162x87If you have read my blog for any length of time, or followed me, then you know that I have contributed a lot of content to a number of online resources over the years, often on a recurring basis. You may not realize it, but spreading out my workload over several sites can be quite demanding. After a lot of deliberation, I’ve decided to consolidate all of my online writing efforts with the Petri IT Knowledgebase.

The Petri IT Knowledgebase has been around since 1999 and has always been a source of high quality content for IT Pros.  For the longest time it had a domain name. But now you can find it at I will be publishing all of my online content exclusively at Petri where I will be a contributing editor. The site is being re-launched, lots of exciting things are in the works and I’m looking forward to being a part of it. At Petri, I will be primarily responsible for PowerShell related content. But you can expect to see me write about Active Directory, Group Policy, WMI, Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 (and later).

I will still be blogging here and I will continue to create courses at Pluralsight. You will still find me at conferences like TechEd (or whatever it gets renamed) and the PowerShell Summit. I’ll still be doing PowerShell-related consulting and training on my own as well. Naturally, all of my existing content “in the wild” will remain where it is.

In most regards, nothing really changes other than the fact that you only have one place to check for my latest work. I hope you’ll come along for a great ride.

Where’s Jeff?

I hope that 2011 was a good a year for you as it was for me. In 2012 I hope to keep up the pace. Here’s a brief look at where you can find me this year and a few of my projects. Of course, this blog is my primary content site. According to my WordPress stats I only published 42 articles in 2011 so I will have to do much better this year.

I still write the Prof. PowerShell column. As PowerShell v3.0 gets closer to release, you can expect to see more v3 content in these columns. I also will continue to contribute the the SMB IT Simplified web site. There is a wealth of great content here provided by the likes of Greg Shields, Don Jones and Jeremy Moskowitz. Late in 2011 I started contributing content to the Petri Knowledgebase. This site has been around for quite awhile and I believe has always had high quality content. I’m pleased to be offering my thoughts to the mix.

Publicly and in person, I hope to be at a few conferences this year such as Microsoft TechEd, TechMentor and The Experts Conference. I also hope to offer a few public PowerShell training classes. Thanks to every one who took the time to fill out my end of year traning survey. As those things fall into place, I’ll be posting about it here.

And in case you didn’t know, I am available for private training classes as well on just about any PowerShell related topic. Or perhaps you need someone to come in and offer some mentoring or advice on automating and improving efficiency. I’d love to help out and that type of work might not even entail any travel.

In addition, I am a Microsoft Certified Trainer (over 10 years now). If you have a training center, like New Horizons, and would like me to teach a course there, perhaps the 10325 Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell 2.0, give them my contact information and hopefully we can work something out.

The last place to look for me is on the book shelf. I am co-writing a PowerShell v3.0 book with Don Jones and Richard Siddaway for Manning Press. Because we don’t know when PowerShell v3.0 will ship and have yet to see the final bits, don’t expect to see the title until after RTM. But hopefully not too far after. There may even be another book project or two in the mix for 2012. Again, as these things come to fruition, I’ll post information here.

Finally, I continue to be as active as I can on Twitter. I am also on Google Plus. I tend to use Twitter for quick information and G+ for slightly longer material. Although you can expect to find a tweet linking back to Google Plus.

With the impending arrival of Windows 8 and PowerShell v3.0 there will be much to keep us all busy in 2012. I hope I can continue to be a part of your little corner of the IT world. If there are topics or ideas you’d like me to pursue in terms of writing or training projects, I hope you’ll let me know. If you have more private questions, use the contact me by email link off to the right.

New Petri Author

New Petri Author

I trust many of you are familiar with the Petri web site. This has long been a very valuable site for IT Pros. You can always find a wealth of reliable and practical information. Starting in December, I will be adding my voice to the mix. I will be contributing content that I hope you find valuable and worth your time. I expect my articles will be wide ranging, and not limited to Windows PowerShell. With the impending arrival of Windows 8 there will be much to write about. I hope you'll join me for the ride.

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Create New Computer with ADSI

In Windows PowerShell 2.0: TFM, I wrote a short chapter on managing directory services. This chapter was written before Microsoft released their Active Directory module so I discussed how to use the ADSI type adapter. Well it turns out we can’t slip anything past our astute readers. Continue reading