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.

You wanted it…PowerShell Summit Europe

For the longest time members of the PowerShell Community clamored for a European edition of the PowerShell Summit. This is an intense, 3 day conference on all things PowerShell, led by members of the PowerShell community as well as members of the PowerShell team from Microsoft. The conference is intentionally small so that you can get your questions answered and have an opportunity to mingle with PowerShell experts and users that you probably follow on Twitter.

PowerShell.org is taking a chance with a European summit to be held in Amsterdam Sept 29 through Oct 1. Seating is limited but still available. We are hoping for a sell-out event. Given the apparent direction Microsoft is heading with their technical conferences, the PowerShell Summit might be your best opportunity. I often tell people that if they are interested in PowerShell, the Summit is their best conference choice given the breadth and depth of content. Yes, there are other conferences like TechMentor and IT/Dev Connections, but the Summit is the only place you can get hard-core PowerShell information that often you can use right away as well as mingle with people like Don Jones, Richard Siddaway and Jeffrey Snover.

While I am not presenting, we wanted this to be a European event, I will be attending and am looking forward to meeting a lot of new PowerShell faces.

You can learn more about the conference, see an agenda and register at http://eventmgr.azurewebsites.net/event/home/PSEU14. I hope you can attend and help demonstrate the PowerShell matters everywhere.

Oh, and for North America, your next opportunity will be in Charlotte, NC April 20-22, 2015. Registration should open later this fall.

PowerShell Summit 2013 Kicks Off

I’m very excited to be in Redmond for a few days as part of the PowerShell Summit. I love catching up with old friends and making new ones all over PowerShell. If you couldn’t make it this year, and I know many of you will feel you are missing out, there’s always next year. We are making plans to accommodate more people in 2014.

I’ll also be trying to tweet and blog what I can over the next few days.