PowerShell in the Big O

omahaI am speaking at SQL Saturday #197 in Omaha, NE on Saturday, April 6th. But even better, I will be doing a full day pre-conference session on Friday. The title of my session is Prof. PowerShell: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love PowerShell. For those of you who don’t know, Omaha (ok, technically Bellevue I believe) is the home to the Strategic Air Command which was such a big part of the Cold War.

Here’s the abstract:

Windows PowerShell has as a special talent for simultaneously exciting and terrifying IT Pros. Many see it as just another scripting language or passing fad. Other’s see it as an essential technology for managing today’s Windows-based environments. Some IT Pros feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start and others dive right into the deep end, sometimes with mixed results. In this one day session, PowerShell MVP, author and Prof. PowerShell will dispel fears, myths and misconceptions surrounding this must-know management tool. If you’ve been dabbling in PowerShell, wondering what all the fuss is about, or simply want to get a jump start, this is the session for you. After this crash course on PowerShell 3.0 you’ll realize you had nothing to worry about begin to feel the PowerShell love.

This isn’t a formal training course, but bring your laptop with PowerShell 3.0 and feel free to follow along.

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This should be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to it. Omaha is a pretty easy city to fly into and very affordable. It is also an easy drive from Des Moines, Kansas City, Sioux Falls, and even Minneapolis. Even though this is a paid event, it is a great way to get a jump start on PowerShell 3.0. I hope you’ll join me. You can register here. And don’t worry, you’re precious bodily fluids will be safe.

On the Road Again

It’s that time of year again: conferences! I’ll be out and about a few places in the next few months and I hope our paths will cross. Here’s a short summary of where I’ll be speaking and when. If you are interested in having me speak for your group or perhaps you are interested in some private training or mentoring, please feel free to contact me.

First up is the PowerShell Deep Dive which is part of The Experts Conference April 29-May 2nd in always sunny and beautiful San Diego. I will be doing a session on integrating Microsoft Office into PowerShell. This will be an extension of some of the articles I’ve done recently for the Petri IT Knowledgebase on creating Word documents and Excel spreadsheets from PowerShell. I have discovered some new techniques that I’m excited to share.

On Saturday, May 12 I’ll be presenting several sessions at the SQL Saturday event in Rochester, NY. I’ll be doing sessions on background jobs, jobs and tasks in PowerShell 3.0 and one on PowerShell 3.0 workflows. I’m looking forward to this event because it is in my own backyard and the SQL Saturday folks are a new group for me. Should be a lot of fun.

Finally, I will be at TechEd in Orlando the week of June 11th. I have a session that I’m co-presenting with Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz. We’ll be talking about Group Policy Reporting and Analysis with Windows PowerShell. The focus is on what sort of things you want to look for in Group Policy that might give you problems and how you can find this information using PowerShell. I think Jeremy and I are going to have a lot of fun with this. The rest of the time at TechEd you’ll most likely find me wandering the expo hall or hanging out with the Scripting Guys. If more formal events are scheduled for me I’ll be sure to post the information and tweet about it. You do follow me on Twitter, right?

As far as I know there is still time to register for all of these events. I hope you’ll find time to sit in on one of my talks or at least come up and say hi.