Philadelphia Meeting – October 1st 2015

Join us Thursday, October 1st when Carlos Perez will be joining us via Skype to present Common Ways PowerShell is Abused and How to Monitor and Detect Abuse. This will be a security focused look at how attackers use PowerShell and how to monitor for common abuses of PowerShell in your environment. Please Note: This meeting is being hosted at a new location: Aberdeen Asset Management @ 1735 Market St., Fl. #32, Philadelphia PA 19103 About Carlos Carlos Perez is the Director of Reverse Engineering in R&D for Tenable Network Security. Carlos is also a Community Developer for Metasploit, he has written several Open […]

PhillyPoSH May 2015 Meeting Summary

Jim Ficarra of Comcast Cable presented “PowerShell and Puppet: Extending Puppet on Windows Through Integration of PowerShell Tools, Techniques and Patterns“. ** Unfortunately we had some mic issues but the audio picks up at around 2min into the recording. ** A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel. Related posts: Philadelphia Meeting – April 4th, 2013 Philadelphia Meeting – Dec. 5th 2013 Philadelphia Meeting – July 3rd 2014 PhillyPoSH 01/08/2015 meeting summary and presentation materials

Philadelphia Meeting – May 7th 2015

Join us Thursday, May 7th when Jim Ficarra of Comcast Cable will present PowerShell and Puppet: Extending Puppet on Windows Through Integration of PowerShell Tools, Techniques and Patterns. Puppet is a Configuration Management System framework from PuppetLabs that originated on Linux systems and has been ported to Windows in recent years. While some of the core library of Puppet’s configuration resource types are intended to be cross-platform, there are many extended configuration item requirements specific to Windows that are best solved using native Windows tools. In this presentation, we’ll explore the application of several PowerShell tools, techniques and patterns that […]

Philadelphia Meeting – March 26th 2015

We’re really excited to announce our special meeting coming up on Thursday, March 26th. Joining us in person will be PowerShell MVPs The Scripting Wife, Teresa Wilson, as well as Steven Murawski of Chef Software. While we may have other special guests drop by Steven will be presenting a talk on PowerShell Desired State Configuration, ‘Intermediate DSC – Building DSC Resources‘. If you’re in the Philadelphia area and interested in PowerShell you do not want to miss this special meeting! Intermediate DSC – Building DSC Resources While there are a lot of DSC Resources out in the wild now, you’ll likely still […]

Philadelphia Meeting – March 5th 2015

UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather forecast this event will be held online only via Lync! Join us Thursday, March 5th when Derek Murawsky will give a talk on “Introducing Chocolatey”. About Chocolatey Chocolatey is a package manager for Windows in the vein of APT and RPM. Written in Powershell and based on Nuget, it allows for easy installation, upgrade, and dependency management of software on Windows. In this talk, I will give an overview of Chocolatey from a Sysadmin point of view, and show how easy it is to create packages of your own. About Derek Derek Murawsky is a […]

Philadelphia Meeting – February 5th 2015

Join us Thursday, February 5th for a presentation and demo by ScriptRock, makers of GuardRail. Nick Beecroft, Mike Baukes, and/or Alan Sharp-Paul will join us remotely to showcase configuration monitoring, control, and automation leveraging DSC with GuardRail. What do you have? Is it good? As you accelerate your pipeline with PowerShell, you need a validation tool that can keep up. GuardRail is a configuration visibility platform that makes it easy to understand how an environment is configured so you know the changes that are happening are the right ones. In this session we walk through using GuardRail to troubleshoot a […]

Philadelphia Meeting – January 8th 2015

Join us Thursday January 8th when John Mello will be presenting a talk on the Where and ForEach methods introduced in PowerShell v4. Following John’s talk we’ll have time for open discussion and scriptclub activities so bring a script or two to show off or get some help with. 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. Related posts: Philadelphia Meeting – December 6th, 2012 – 6-8pm Philadelphia Meeting – Feb 7th, 2013 – 6-8pm Philadelphia Meeting – October 3rd, 2013 Philadelphia Meeting – […]

Philadelphia Meeting – December 4th 2014

Join us Thursday, December 4th where Steven Murawski will be presenting a talk on Intermediate DSC – Building DSC Resources. While there are a lot of DSC Resources out in the wild now, you’ll likely still have a need to create a custom resource.  We’ll dive into how we can use our existing PowerShell skills to develop DSC resources.  After that, we’ll touch on some more advanced patterns for ensuring proper operation of our DSC Resources – including testing DSC resources with Pester. More about Steven: Steven is a Community Manager for Chef (the automation platform for the new IT) and a Microsoft MVP in PowerShell.  Steven […]

Philadelphia Meeting – November 6th 2014

Join us Thursday, November 6th when Lido Paglia will be presenting on Getting Started Using Pester. Following the presentation we’ll have time for script club style activities so bring your scripts and any challenges your facing with PowerShell to have them answered. 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. We are also giving Meetup a try for the next 6th months so feel free to register there as well. Related posts: Philadelphia Meeting – Nov. 7th 2013 Philadelphia Meeting – January 9th 2014 […]

PhillyPoSH 08/07/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials

Matt Wrock gave a presentation entitled “Boxstarter Primer and Testing your Automation” During his talk, Matt covered getting started with Boxstarter to create a configured system with minimal effort. Matt also covered using tools like Vagrant and Chef’s Test-Kitchen to test deployment automation. A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel Related posts: PhillyPoSH Meeting – November 1st, 2012 – 6-8pm Philadelphia Meeting – September 5th, 2013 Philadelphia Meeting – Nov. 7th 2013 Philadelphia Meeting – January 9th 2014

Philadelphia Meeting – August 7th 2014

Join us Thursday, August 7th where Matt Wrock will be presenting a talk on Automation Testing. Matt will start with some demos of Boxstarter illustrating how it can be used to build a self standing Windows environment with a focus on how to test the package installs on a virtual machine. Then we will explore some other tools and techniques suited for “machine convergence” testing. Many of these tools, like Vagrant and the Chef-based Test-Kitchen, have their roots outside of Windows but can most certainly provide assistance to PowerShell automation. More about Matt: Matt Wrock has over fifteen years of experience architecting scalable, distributed, high traffic web […]

Philadelphia Meeting – July 3rd 2014

Join us Thursday, July 3rd when Dr. Ferdinand G. Rios of Sapien Technologies will be joining us in person to present “Building PowerShell GUI Tool Solutions”. Ferdinand Rios will discuss the differences between scripts and tools and how to easily create GUI based tools using PowerShell Studio 2014. We’re really excited to have Ferdinand with us and to learn all the cool possibilities PowerShell Studio brings to the table. In case you missed it you can also catch Ferdinand and David Corrales from Sapien on a recent episode of the PowerScripting podcast. We hope to see you there! More about […]

Philadelphia Meeting – June 5th 2014

Join us Thursday, June 5th when Jeff Hicks will present on “Getting Started with Desired State Configuration (DSC)”. Getting Started with Desired State Configuration (DSC) DSC is the big game changer for IT Pros. With DSC you no longer have to write PowerShell scripts to manage and configure your servers. Now you use PowerShell to build and manage server configurations. Want your server configured a specific way? Build a configuration and the server configures itself! In this presentation we will look at the principals of DSC and explore what it takes to get started using DSC in your environment. More about Jeff: Jeffery […]

Philadelphia Meeting – May 1st 2014

Join us Thursday, May 1st when Boe Prox will present on “Managing WSUS with Windows PowerShell”. Managing WSUS with Windows PowerShell Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is an extremely useful enterprise patching solution from Microsoft that allows you to keep your systems up to date with various types of patches. Boe is going to show us how to hook into the API and generate your own reports, view the configuration of the server and the application and synchronization events as well as automate your approvals using PowerShell. More about Boe: Boe Prox is a Senior Windows System Administrator and has been […]

Philadelphia Meeting – April 3rd 2014

Join us Thursday, April 3rd for a Presentation by Ashley McGlone on “Demystifying The PowerShell Scripting Process”. This will be a great overview for beginners and intermediate users alike that will cover beginning with PowerShell cmdlets, progressing into scripting, moving into function and module authoring, and finishing with you becoming the PowerShell Hero of your team! Demystifying The PowerShell Scripting Process Tired of copying and pasting scripts from the internet?  Want to write youwn scripts?  Become the go-to scripter on your team.  This presentation will break down the scripting process into logical steps you can follow.  Learn how to wrap cmdlets into […]