PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit 2016 Info

Here’s everything that’s fit to print regarding Summit 2016, running April 3-4-5-6 in Bellevue, WA! You can also download: Brochure-PowerShell and DevOps Summit 2016 to share with your boss and team. Registration Registration for Summit will open December 1, 2015, and run through March 1, 2016. Visit the registration website for more details. Registration will be limited to about 200 attendees. Initially, we will only offer registration for a 4-day event, which includes full-day pre-conference sessions on April 3rd, 2016. On February 1st, 2016, we will open any remaining space for 3-day registration. Agenda The registration website will list the complete agenda, […]

2015-November Scripting Games Puzzle

Our November 2015 puzzle comes from PowerShell.org user Tim Curwick, who created the puzzle based on a challenge he ran across at work. There’s nothing more real-world than this! No related posts.

Win a Free 4-Day Pass to PowerShell and DevOps Summit 2016!

Want to attend the newly expanded, 4-day PowerShell and DevOps Summit coming to Bellevue, WA in April 2016? Well you can – if you make your own community contribution! Our TechLetter newsletter is looking for articles. And, November is of course NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. But we aren’t looking for a novel – just newsletter articles! So we’ll call it National PowerShell and DevOps Article Writing Month (NaPoshDoArWriMo). Er. Or something. Anyway, here’s the rules: Submit your articles in Word or RTF format, in a ZIP file via email, to “editors” here at PowerShell.org. Please include a plain-text file […]

2015-October Scripting Games Puzzle

Our October 2015 puzzle might take us beyond the realm of one-liners, but it circles back to the August 2015 theme of retrieving information from the web. This is another scenario that actually has a lot of real-world applications, in that there’s a lot of practical uses in the work environment for this technique.  No related posts.

Speaking at PowerShell Summit 2016: Topic Ideas for Aspiring Speakers

Our call for topics for PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit 2016 is open until November 1st, and I thought I’d share some ideas for the kind of 400-level content we’re looking for. First, to submit abstracts, pre-register as a speaker candidate. Be sure to fill in the brief demographic information presented, and then add any information for the Attendee Directory that you’d like. When you’re done with that, select Abstracts from the menu at the tippy-top of the page, and enter your session information. Be sure to include, as the first characters in the abstract, either “[45m]”, “[90m]”, or “[120m]” as an […]

Call for Topics Extended: PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit 2016

In light of our recent announcement regarding the future of PowerShell Summit, we are extending the call for topics to the end of October, 2015. We invite speakers to re-visit their existing proposals and indicate the desired length of their session. For example, simply add “[45min]” to the session abstract if you feel your session is suitable for our traditional 45-minute time slot. Or, indicate an alternative of [90min] or [120min].  We also are broadening the scope of the event to include a variety of DevOps-focused topics. We welcome sessions on DevOps practices, tooling, and technologies. Topics on any technology […]

Future of PowerShell Summit in Europe and North America

As we kick off PowerShell Summit Europe 2015, I wanted to share some decisions we’ve made regarding the future of the event. When we first launched PowerShell Summit in 2013, our goal was to be the spiritual successor of the former “PowerShell Deep Dive” events held as part of Quest’s The Experts Conference (TEC) event. Dell’s acquisition of Quest eliminated TEC, and PowerShell.org worked with the PowerShell product team to create the Summit. It’s important to understand that Microsoft has never financially supported PowerShell Summit, except for sending team members to participate and present. Microsoft wanted to ensure the Summit […]

DevOps: A Practical Example

If you look at DevOps as a means of removing hurdles between coders and users, there’s almost no better real-world, practical example than Amazon Elastic Beanstalk. If you’re not familiar with EBS, look into it – it’s kinda cool. EBS isn’t suitable for every situation, to be sure. It’s mainly useful for Linux VMs, running Web sites, in fact, which isn’t 100% of your workloads. But the idea is pretty awesome. Developers store their code in a source control repo – ideally, Git. Along with their code – and this is the cool bit – they include a configuration file. […]

20115-September Scripting Games Puzzle

Our September 2015 puzzle is another one-liner, to help get you out of Summer Mood and back into Work Mode. This time, it’s a pretty real-world scenario, designed to test your understanding of the pipeline and how data can be manipulated within it. You’ll need to really grasp pipeline parameter binding to make this work in the shortest command possible. No related posts.

TEST IT: New IISAdministration Module

It’s no secret that Microsoft’s WebAdministration module isn’t universally loved. It’s functionality isn’t deep, and it doesn’t play well in the PowerShell pipeline. There are also a number of things in it that run really slowly, making bulk administration a pain. Last week, Baris Caglar announced that Windows 10 contains a new IISAdministration module, which is a rough draft of what is hoped to be a final module in Windows Server 2016. If you use IIS, get hold of this and start testing so the team can get feedback. Note that this is a feature of Windows 10; I haven’t yet been able […]

2015-August Scripting Games Puzzle

Our August 2015 puzzler tests your ability to retrieve data from the Web. If you’ve never done this before, it can be a real brain-bender – but don’t overthink it; experts can probably pull this off in a one-liner if they’re using a newer version of PowerShell! No related posts.

[UPDATED] Even Vaguely Considering PowerShell Cruise? READ THIS RIGHT NOW.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of next year’s PowerShell Cruise and am excited for the folks who are organizing it. Tonight’s webinar (which they’ll post to their YouTube channel) will be a chance for you to learn more. But. If you’ve never cruised before, you may not be aware of how the majority of the cruise industry works: Your cruise price includes your room, and is based on two people staying in the room together. Your cruise price includes most food on the ship – certain specialty restaurants may charge a la carte like a normal restaurant, […]

2015-July Scripting Games Wrap-Up

The July puzzler wasn’t intended to break your brain – but it was intended to highlight an extremely important pipeline technique – and to make you think about how PowerShell parses command lines. Let’s begin with our Celebrity Entry, from Boe Prox. We think you’ll discover some interesting new techniques in this answer – and learn from understanding how he got there. Celebrity Entry The 2015 Scripting Games have started and have taken a different route this year in that we are they are running a monthly puzzle vs. the usual format. That being said, I was asked to be a […]

Curious about PowerShell Cruise? Here’s how to learn more.

I’m stupid-excited about PowerShell Cruise. Did you know you can register now for just $500, which is fully refundable up to a point? And that doing so NOW gets you awesome amenities like free Internet minutes or liquor packages? Did you know I’m speaking? Did you…  Wait. You probably have a ton of questions, especially if you’ve never cruised. So on Wednesday July 29, at 4pm Pacific, get your answers. Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4206318439550861826 to register for a webinar. I’ll host, and I’ll be joined by the event organizers, as well as the travel agency that’s handling the bookings. There’s literally no […]

Curious About the #PoshCruise? Ask Questions Here.

Jeffrey Langdon, Doug Finke, and untold others are putting together PoshCruise, a PowerShell Cruise Conference. I wanted to make sure everyone knew about it, because it (A) stands to be a lot of run, and (B) offers some special pricing through this month. The “conference” itself is free – you just have to pay for your cruise. There’ll be presentations (I’m guessing mainly on the “at sea” days of the 7-day trip, although personally I’ve rented a beach cabana on Great Stirrup Cay and will hold forth on technical topics over tropical cocktails).  Cruises can be a pretty good deal […]