Convert Transcript to Script

During my PowerShell scripting best practices at Techmentor last week I mentioned a function I had to convert a PowerShell transcript to a script file. Since there’s very little difference between an interactive session and a script, parsing the transcript can yield 80% or more of a script very quickly. I wrote such a function several years ago. What I was really thinking about was my convert history to script function. But, since I mentioned it and a few people have asked, I’ve dusted off the transcript to script function and polished it up for PowerShell 2.0. Continue reading

Join Me in Orlando

Disney Yacht ClubI will be presenting 3 sessions at Techmentor Orlando 2011. The conference runs March 14-18, 2011 at the Disney Yacht Club. My sessions are all on Wednesday March 16. In addition to all the other fabulous material at the conference I will be presenting the following: Continue reading

TechMentor Orlando 2010 Decks and Demos

I had a great time in Orlando at the TechMentor conference. The crowd was enthusiastic and asked good questions. As promised, here are my slide decks and demos. My sessions tend to be heavy on demonstration so I can’t promise you’ll get a ton of value from the decks alone.  You’ll simply have to attend the next TechMentor.

Scripting, Error Handling and Debugging in Windows PowerShell

Top Ten Command Line Tools Every Administrator Should Know

Take Back Your File Server (slides only as demos were live)

I owe the attendees of my error handling and debugging session some additional information since I ran short of time. Stay tuned for future posts on debugging PowerShell 2.0.  Cool stuff.

If you were in one of my sessions and have a follow up question, feel free to post a comment or email me directly: jhicks at  Thanks for all your support and enthusiasm.

Join Me at Techmentor Orlando

I will be presenting several sessions at Techmentor in Orlando, FL March 8-12, 2010. I will be doing the following sessions:

Obviously there are a ton of other great sessions aimed at helping you solve real-world challenges you are facing today. Plus it’s a great opportunity to meet your favorite tech experts like Don Jones, Greg Shields, Mark Minasi and Jeremy Moskowitz. I know I always look forward to meeting people and chatting about what they are working on or  problems they need figured out.

Register before Dec. 16, 2009 to get the best possible price. I hope to see you there.

TechMentor Spring 2010

If you are thinking about what conferences to attend next year, I hope you’ll consider joining me in Orlando for the Spring TechMentor show. The show runs March 8-12, 2010 in sunny Orlando, FL. This is a great show where you can take away a ton of information that you can put to work immediately. The presenters want to give you information you need NOW.  It’s not a giant show like TechEd which makes it very easy to network with others and really get to know the speakers.  Personally, I love hanging out with people and am more than happy to have my brain picked over.

I have sessions on PowerShell, file management, and Windows administration. Afterwards I’m happy to chat about whatever is on your mind.

Oh…if you have some books you want signed, bring ‘em along. Especially if you want the Windows PowerShell 2.0: TFM signed. This will be one of the rare times when Don and I will both be in the same place at the same time.

Learn more about all the other sessions and register at  I hope to see you there and that you’ll stop by and say ‘Hi’.