I am so happy to announce that my first course under the Pluralsight badge has been released. My latest course is titled PowerShell v4 New Features. This course is aimed at IT Pros with previous experience using PowerShell, especially PowerShell v3. The course runs just under 3 hours (although it felt much longer than that while preparing it ) and covers just the new bits that have changed from v3 including an introduction to Desired State Configuration (DSC). I provide enough information to get you started.
If you need to get caught up on v3 first, you can find my other courses on my author page. I hope you find my new course helpful.
Tomorrow I will be presenting a day of PowerShell training via a series of webinars for Windows IT Pro magazine. I will be presenting 3 webinars, each about 1 hour in length. The first webinar is on the PowerShell syntax and shell. Basically, how to survive in the shell if you are beginner. The second webinar will cover remote managment scenarios the simple, getting services on remote computers, to using WMI and CIM to PowerShell remoting. The final webinar is a jump-start on PowerShell scripting.
Naturally, the best I can do in an hour is to get you interested and hopefully started on the right path. I will be online during the webinars for a live Q&A.
Even thought the event is being marketed as PowerShell 4.0 and I will be using a Windows 8.1 desktop for my demos, almost all of the material applies equally to PowerShell 3.0 so don’t be afraid to sign up.
Learn more and register here.
I just finished a week of PowerShell training in Phoenix. It was a terrific class that uses the Learn PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches book as the course material. I will be back in Phoenix next month to teach the class and I’m also on the books for the course in March. If you are interested in attending, you can do so remotely. Check out InterfaceTT.com for more information.
I also had a chance to have dinner with fellow PowerShell MVP Jason “Coach” Helmick. Naturally our discussions turned to PowerShell training. Why is it so hard for IT Pros to get into a training class? We all know they would benefit as would their organizations. People on the dev side of companies seem to have a much easier time getting either training approved or the time to take a class. We don’t understand why it should be that way.
If you are an IT Pro looking to do anything with your career in the next few years, learning PowerShell *has* to be on your agenda. If it is on yours, how are you planning on getting training? What holds you back from attending a live instructor led class like the one I just completed? What do you want from PowerShell training or any IT Pro related content for that matter?
I know many companies have arrangements with local training centers like New Horizons or Executrain. Are they offering PowerShell related courses? If not, tell them you want it! Or look for companies like Interface or Webucator.com that offer virtual classroom experiences. It isn’t the same I think as face to face with a professional PowerShell trainer, but it is better no training at all.
So, the question before you is: “What’s in your training wallet for this year?”