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Philadelphia Meeting – October 2nd 2014


Join us Thursday, October 2nd where John Mello will be presenting a talk on The different custom object creation methods and their performance tradeoffs. Followed by TJ Turner will give a talk entitled Intro to basic run space pools 

Please register if you plan to attend in person or online. The meeting URL to join us remotely will be included in your Eventbrite registration confirmation.

Eventbrite - PhillyPoSH October 2th 2014

We are also giving Meetup a try for the next 6th month so feel free to register there as well.

 

PhillyPoSH 09/04/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


  • Jan Egil Ring gave a presentation entitled “Get Started with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration”. During his talked Jan went over a series of demos explaining how to use the configuration keyword to define configurations for different resources along with the different configuration modes. A copy of his demo scripts and presentation are available here.
  • A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel

Philadelphia Meeting – September 4th 2014


Join us Thursday, September 4th where Jan Egil RIng will be presenting a talk on Get Started with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration

Jan will explain how to use Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), which was introduced in Windows PowerShell 4.0, to configure your environment. The purpose of DSC is to provide Deployment, Configuration and Compliance capabilities for Windows resources such as a files, services, roles and features, users, groups and anything that can be managed from PowerShell by using custom resources such as a script. During his talk you will

  • Learn how to use the configuration keyword to define configurations for different resources.
  • Learn the two different configuration modes – Pull and Push – and how to configure them.
  • See several demos on how DSC can be leveraged in the real world

More about Jan:
Jan Egil Ring works as a Lead Architect on the Infrastructure Team at Crayon, Norway. He mainly works with Microsoft server-products, and has a strong passion for Windows PowerShell. In addition to being a consultant, he is a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has obtained several certifications such as MCSE: Server Infrastructure and MCSE: Private Cloud. He has a strong passion for Windows PowerShell, and regularly writes articles for PowerShell Magazine, the Crayon Services blog and the Norwegian TechNet blog. He is also a multiple-year recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for his contributions in the Windows PowerShell technical community.

You can follow Jan on TwitterLinkedIn, or subscribe to his blog.

Please register if you plan to attend in person or online. The meeting URL to join us remotely will be included in your Eventbrite registration confirmation.

Eventbrite - PhillyPoSH September 4th 2014

PhillyPoSH 06/05/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


 

PhillyPoSH 05/01/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


  • Boe Prox gave a presentation entitled “Managing WSUS with Windows PowerShell”. During his talked Boe went over the various ways you can orchestrate WSUS using PowerShell. A copy of his presentation materials are available here.
  • We then had a group discussion around:
      • Lido Paglia and John Mello discussed their experiences and what they learned at the 2014 PowerShell Summit,,
      • The differences between how Active Directory Users and Computers displays groups when compared to Get-Aduser in regards to primary group membership. In PowerShell the primary group is only returned in the PrimaryGroup property and all other groups are returned in the MemberOf property, while ADUC will show every group the user is a member of.
  • A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel

PhillyPoSH 04/04/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


  • Ashley McGlone gave a presentation entitled “Demystifying The PowerShell Scripting Process”. During his talked Ashley broke down the script creation process by starting with a task and working through the cmdlet discovery process to build a repeatable task into a script. A copy of his presentation materials are available on his blog
  • We then had a group discussion around:
    • DSC and how various group members are using/testing it
    • WMF 5.0′s OneGet
    • ConEmu a windows console emulator
  • A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel

PhillyPoSH 03/06/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


PhillyPoSH 02/06/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


Art Beane gave a presentation using PowerShell to automate applications using COM . A copy of his presentation materials are available on our GitHub Repository. Due to recording issues, we do not We do have a recording of this meeting on our YouTube channel.

PhillyPoSH 01/09/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


  1. Lido Paglia gave a presentation entitled “A PowerShell beginner’s guide to using GitHub”. During his talk Lido went over the history of GitHub and how you can use it to manage your scripts and to collaboratively code (e.g. The Winter Scripting games!). A copy of his presentation materials are available on our GitHub Repository.
  2. Lido Paglia and John Mello both went over their approach to the homework problem they presented during the 11/07/2013 meeting. You can find a copy of Lido’s and John’s script in our GitHub Repository.
  3. A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel; please note that there are some audio issues near the end of the recording.

PhillyPoSH 12/05/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials


  1.  Sunny Chakraborty gave an in-depth presentation on WMI Eventing using PowerShell. A copy of his presentation and scripts can be found here, and a recording of his presentation can be found on our YouTube channel. If you want to learn even more about WMI, Sunny recommends checking out Alain Lissoir’s webpage and downloading he WSH and VBS scripts hosted on his site for the two books he was written: “How to exploit the power of Microsoft’s WMI to create mission-critical computing infrastructures” and “Leveraging Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Scripting
  2. Announcements:
      1. January’s meeting will be on the 2nd Thursday (01/09/2014) of January as opposed to the       1st
      2. Since we didn’t get to last months homework assignment we are pushing it to January’s meeting. Here it is again and hopefully this will be a fun task that we can discuss during our next meeting:

    Title: On This Day in Pictures

    Description: You have folder of photos on your computer that you take with your Smartphone or digital camera. From time to time you want to be reminded of the cool and interesting things you snapped photos of years before on this day. Being a PowerShell scripter you imagine that PowerShell would be a quick and easy tool for exploring your photo’s meta-data to re-discover some fun memories you had by emailing yourself some pictures you took on this same day last year or any year before. You decide to format the email as HTML including the pictures and some data about them. Finally, using the task scheduler to set your script to run every morning so you can take a trip down memory lane with your photos on this day in history. As a PowerShell scripter you roll up your sleeves and get to work.

    Requirements:

    1. Your script should look into a directory that may contain sub folders for image files (you may want to support .jpg, .jpeg, .png, etc.).
    2. The script should then determine the date a photo was taken. Examining the EXIF meta-data might be handy.
    3. Get the date the script runs and find all the photos taken on the same day other than the current year.
    4.  Finally send an email containing the photos taken on this day in history*

PhillyPoSH 11/07/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials


  1. John Mello gave a presentation on a script that searches a mailbox for an email by subject and downloads any attachments it may contain. A copy of his scripts can be obtained here.
  2. Jason Helmick, Senior Technologist at Concentrated Tech and Windows PowerShell MVP, gave a presentation on “Understanding the Pipeline – Getting your one-liners to work!” A copy of his script can be found here.
    1. A recording of Jason Helmick’s presentation can be found on our YouTube channel. Due to audio issues, John Mello’s portion is not included in the recording.
  3. Announcements
    1. Tickets are still available for the 2014 PowerShell Summit North America, if you’re going then make sure to say hi to Lido Paglia!
    2. We are still trying to arrange for a PowerShell Saturday sometime in 2014, if you are interested in presenting please let us know!
  4. We are assigning homework this week! Hopefully this will be a fun task that we can discuss during our next meeting, so try your hand at the following problem:

Title: On This Day in Pictures

Description: You have folder of photos on your computer that you take with your Smartphone or digital camera. From time to time you want to be reminded of the cool and interesting things you snapped photos of years before on this day. Being a PowerShell scripter you imagine that PowerShell would be a quick and easy tool for exploring your photo’s meta-data to re-discover some fun memories you had by emailing yourself some pictures you took on this same day last year or any year before. You decide to format the email as HTML including the pictures and some data about them. Finally, using the task scheduler to set your script to run every morning so you can take a trip down memory lane with your photos on “this day in history”. As a PowerShell scripter you roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Requirements:

  1. Your script should look into a directory that may contain sub folders for image files (you may want to support .jpg, .jpeg, .png, etc.).
  2. The script should then determine the date a photo was taken. Examining the EXIF meta-data might be handy.
  3. Get the date the script runs and find all the photos taken on the same day other than the current year.
  4.  Finally send an email containing the photos taken on this day in history*

PhillyPoSH 10/03/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials


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PhillyPoSH 09/05/2013 meeting summary


PhillyPoSH 08/01/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials


  1. John Mello gave a presentation on Tips and Tricks learned from the 2013 Scripting Games, a copy of his presentation and scripts can be obtained here
  2. Various group members contributed to a Script and Tell, scripts and participant names are forthcoming.
  3. A recording of the meeting is available on our YouTube channel, please note that the recording ends about 5 minutes before our meeting was done.