For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow

Snover-PowerShell-NukeBy now I’m assuming most of you have seen or heard the news that Jeffrey Snover has been promoted for the last time and is now a Technical Fellow at Microsoft. I want to add my congratulations and adulation to the thundering masses of PowerShell professionals. I always thought his previous position as a Distinguished Engineer was an amazing distinction but his new title opens up an entire new chapter in his life and most likely ours. Becoming a Technical Fellow puts Jeffrey Snover on par with icons such as Dave Cutler and Mark Russinovich. But what does this mean to you?

Well, the first thing I would say is that this is the ultimate validation of PowerShell’s place in Microsoft’s vision. Snover has been running all things Windows Server for a while now and still keeping his hand in the PowerShell world. So if you were one of those people (and I can’t believe they still exist) that PowerShell isn’t important, this is the last memo you’re going to get. If you are not using and learning PowerShell today, I don’t know how you will do your job tomorrow. Or perhaps more accurately that your career path will be limited.

Brilliant minds like Jeffrey Snover dropped a bomb on us almost 10 years ago and we’re still riding the shockwaves today. But instead of wanton destruction he, along with plenty of other brilliant minds on the PowerShell and Server teams, have created a landscape of opportunity and innovation. For that, thank you Jeffrey Snover and congratulations on a well-earned recognition.

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.

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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MVP #4


I’m happy to report that I am yet again a Microsoft MVP for Windows PowerShell, now for my 4th year in a row.

Dear Jeffrey Hicks,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2010 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in PowerShell technical communities during the past year.

The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say "Thank you for your technical leadership."

Toby Richards
General Manager
Community & Online Support

I hope I can continue to earn the community’s support and contribute to continued growth of the PowerShell community.

Thank you all.

Microsoft TechEd NOLA

Print I’m very excited about Microsoft TechEd next week in New Orleans, LA. I’ll be presenting Tuesday afternoon at 1:30PM. The official title is “Paradigm Shift: Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition to Windows PowerShell”. In more practical terms, I’ll be talking about the necessary mind shift in moving from VBScript to PowerShell. I’ll talk about what you have to get your head around to successfully make the transition and provide some practical examples to demonstrate how you might make these changes. As with many of my talks, you can expect a lot of demos.

Other than that, I’ll be in the Windows Server booth (TLC/Red/WSV) throughout the week.

Monday, June 7 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuesday, June 8 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 2:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday, June 9 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Thursday, June 10 12:15 PM – 3:00 PM

I hope you’ll come by and at least say Hi. Or feel free to pick my brain.  If you have books you’d like signed, I’m happy to do that as well. I’ll be pretty active with FourSquare and Twitter if none of these times work for you.

See you next week.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!