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PowerShell Summit N.A. 2015 Status Update & Info


As of this post, PowerShell Summit North America 2015 is full, and registration has been cut off. We’re taking some time to confirm our numbers and venue capacity; if we’re able to open additional seats, that will happen in January 2015. We will allow any additional capacity to be registered until one month prior to the Summit, or until it sells out, whichever comes first. We do not maintain a waiting list; please check here and on the @PSHSummit Twitter feed for any announcements.

For those already registered, we do not have any official hotel recommendations. You’re welcome to use the Summit Forum to see where others are staying, or to arrange for carpooling or other stuff. We certainly encourage all attendees to check the Forum for Q&A and other discussion – it’s never too early to start getting involved. On the hotel front, just look for hotels in downtown Charlotte, or near Microsoft Charlotte, based on your preferences. The reason there’s no official hotel is that there are numerous business-class hotels nearby, and after a close call last year we didn’t want to take the financial risk of booking out a room block.

Our intent at this time is to book the venue to fire code capacity, which is why we may be able to open additional slots after we confirm everything. That means both venue rooms will be full at all times. You will not be permitted to stand or sit in the aisles, back of the room, or block the doorways. If the session you hoped to attend is full, you’ll need to go to the other one. Keep in mind we’re recording everything, so you won’t miss out entirely.

The last sessions on all three days will only have a single session. We’ll position the speaker in one of the two rooms, and we’ll live-stream to the other room. This is where we plan to put Jeffrey Snover’s talks, both to accommodate what has historically been high interest in his sessions, and to accommodate his total inability to do a session in only 45 minutes :). If you don’t get a chair in the “live” room, you’ll need to join from the “overflow” room.

The two rooms are actually in different buildings, separated from each other by a driveway/courtyard arrangement. We’re suggesting that you not bring your ginormous 21″ laptop, since it’ll just drag you down moving between sessions. Maybe stick with a Surface if you want to take notes and stuff. Although we’re recording everything, so… you know. Maybe just enjoy the session.

Lunches will be taken in the session rooms, with buffet setups in the hallways just outside each room.

Stay tuned for further details, and please use the Summit forum to ask questions.

JOB POSTING: Help us Run PowerShell.org


[UPDATE: We’ve gotten an outpouring of responses – I’m literally a bit teary-eyed right now – so I’ll work with the existing set of volunteers and post again should everyone realize what we’re asking and go running for the hills!]

We’re looking for a volunteer to take over regular maintenance of the PowerShell.org website. We may even have a small budget to make this a paid-contractor gig. Trick being, it’s gotta be done regularly. 

The specifics:

  • Set up new user groups with pages (as needed)
  • Approve/Delete forums posts that are held for moderation (daily – this doesn’t happen often, though)
  • Moderate blog comments (daily)
  • Approve community-submitted calendar events (weekly)
  • Assist TechLetter team with setting up Forums topics for discussing upcoming TechLetter articles (monthly)
  • Identify Forums posts that have gone unanswered; raise awareness and recruit answers (often via Twitter) (at least weekly)

We’re not looking for this person to do actual WordPress maintenance at this stage. However, if you’re interested and do have WordPress experience, we could potentially tack that on. It wouldn’t be much more than approving WordPress and plugin updates on a scheduled basis, although we do have one PHP code hack that has to be maintained after core WordPress updates.

If you’re interested, please e-mail Admin right here at PowerShell.org. We’re hoping to have someone start in January. We’d obviously love a volunteer to step in and be our hero; if it goes well, we can divert some budget to making it a permanent gig. We know that sometimes the family finds it easier to have you donate your time if you’re getting a bit back in return. We’re planning to make a similar offer to other key positions, including our TechLetter Editors and TechSession Manager, in 2015 if we can.

Call for Presentations for PowerShell Summit Europe 2015


The PowerShell Summit is the number one conference where PowerShell enthusiasts gather and learn from each other in fast-paced, knowledge packed presentations. PowerShell experts from all over the world including MVP’s, Guru’s, community leaders and PowerShell team members, will once again join together for a few days in Stockholm, Sweden to discuss and learn about maximizing PowerShell in the workplace. If you want to share your PowerShell expertise or story, then this is your official call to submit presentations for selection!

PowerShell Summit Europe 2015 will be held 14-16 September 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Topic Areas – What we are looking for

We are looking for 45-minute presentations covering a wide aspect of PowerShell expertise. We have two main topic areas that may assist you in building an abstract.

PowerShell Internals – A deep look into the inside workings of PowerShell and practical solutions that are built from them. These presentations are typically more directed to the PowerShell development community that is building extensions and solutions relating to PowerShell.

PowerShell Features Deep Dive – These presentations are a deep look into configuring and working with PowerShell features and capabilities such as Remoting, Desired State Configuration and more. These presentations tend to be more IT Pro focused.

We are open to presentations across the entire ecosystem that has been built around PowerShell; so don’t hesitate to send an abstract for your particular area of expertise. This includes Microsoft platforms and products that have PowerShell-based management tools as well as 3rd parties such as VMware. New topics will be preferred over recycling of older topics – look to see what’s new in PowerShell 5.0 and use the questions on PowerShell.org to spot areas of confusion that could supply a good session for the Summit.

 What kind of sessions get selected?

We’re looking for sessions that go beyond – often way beyond – “beginner.” If you want to see examples of the depth we’re looking for use the recordings on the PowerShell.org Youtube channel from the PowerShell Summit Europe 2014 as a guide. We look for an abstract that’s compelling and makes us salivate to see your session – so spend time writing a punchy abstract! We want sessions that offer real-world usability combined with “wow, nobody talks about THAT” awesomeness. If in doubt aim high. Remember, Summit sessions are recorded, so if you’ve previously presented a topic at a Summit, we’re less likely to choose it for another Summit. We want sessions that are challenging, and that ideally present things that simply aren’t explained or documented elsewhere. New modules, new techniques, and crazy approaches are all welcome. Discussion-format sessions are great, too, especially if you plan to turn them into a community deliverable (like a “best practices for writing DSC Resources” session that gets turned into a free e-guide later). Think community, deep dive, engaging, and amazing as keywords. We want attendees to finish each day with information leaking… just a little bit… out their eyeballs. Help us make it happen.

We do have some goals for speaker selection, too. We obviously have, and appreciate, the great involvement we get from the product team. We aim to have a certain number of sessions from well-known members of the community, simply because they’re well-known for a reason – they do a great job! But we also set aside slots for newcomers who’ve never presented before, or who’ve maybe only presented once or twice before – the audience will judge you on content not style. We want to create opportunities for more folks to become engaged and active in our community, and the Summit is a great way to do that.

We aren’t looking for soft-skills sessions, like “how to get a new user group running,” although contact us via email (summit@) if you’d like to do something like that as an extra evening thing after the main content wraps for the day.

Please note all sessions are to be delivered in English. Presenter will provide all equipment needed to deliver session(s), including a laptop or other computer. Presenter must be able to provide video by means of HDMI, DVI-D, or DisplayPort connectors – VGA is NOT supported. Presenter must be able to manually select an appropriate screen resolution for video output. Typically, 1024×768 or 1280×720 are preferred.

How to submit abstracts of presentations

Presentations will be 45-minutes in length and the submission should include the following:

Presentation Title

Presentation abstract – a description of the presentation and the topics covered. 250 words or less and suitable for marketing.

Go to http://eventmgr.azurewebsites.net/event/register/PSEU15/Europe%202015%20Member?preregister=1. This is the only valid URL for pre-registration. Provide your e-mail address, password, and full name. You’re creating a new account, even if you’ve attended past Summit events.

Do NOT attempt to register for the Summit as an attendee at this stage – we will be opening registration in late February 2015.

Click Abstracts

Click Submit Abstract

Provide a title and description; descriptions must be 50-250 words. Set the Status to “Ready to Review” when you are ready to send your session to us for consideration.

To return to the site at a later time, go to http://eventmgr.azurewebsites.net/event/login/PSEU15. Click Log In. You can then re-visit Abstracts.

Note that you must set your abstract status to Ready for Review or we won’t see it. If you leave it in Pending, it won’t be considered.

You can submit multiple presentations in the same topic area or for different ones. Be aware that even though the session length is 45 minutes we prefer to have at least 10 minutes set aside for questions. Summit presentations are intense and intimate often with plenty of audience interaction. You must expect questions and discussions. This is not a “lecture to the audience” event. Also because of the session length, generally co-presenters are unnecessary, but that is not a requirement.

Presentation submission deadline – When you should send it by

Start sending your presentation submissions immediately! The selection committee will start selecting presentations as soon as they arrive so you don’t want to miss out. The last day we will accept presentation submissions will be Sunday 11 January 2015. This is a hard deadline.

When you will know you’ve been selected

The selection committee will start reviewing submissions immediately and begin the selection process. You will be informed if one or more of your presentations have been selected and sent a contract on or before Sunday 18 January 2015. You will need to return the signed contract by Wednesday 28 January 2015 otherwise another speaker may be offered the opportunity.

Speakers, with accepted sessions, will be given free admission to the event, including attendance at all official Summit activities. However, AWPP membership is not included. Speakers may not bring guests to the day sessions or evening events. We have a limited budget, and the number of speakers selected will be partially governed by that budget. Speakers are responsible for their own travel expenses, including hotel, airfare, and ground transportation.

The final agenda will be announced and posted on PowerShell.Org on, or about, Monday 2 February 2015.

We look forward to your submissions and your help in making PowerShell Summit Europe 2015 the most valuable IT/Dev conference of the year building on and surpassing the Europe 2014 Summit!

How to Have the PowerShell Summit Come to You


We’re often asked if we’re planning to have a PowerShell Summit in (insert name of town/country/city). The answer is, “no,” because we’re usually not planning much in advance of whatever’s currently on the table. Keep in mind – we’re all volunteers. We don’t have a ton of free time to plan 3 years out! As you’ll see in a minute, it’s a lot of work.

That said, you can play a big role in bringing the Summit to your town. How? Simply write a proposal and submit it to us. Use the “Admin” e-mail alias at PowerShell.org. Here’s what to include:

  • When you’re proposing for. We typically need a proposal roughly 18 months out. The North America event is in April, and the Europe event in September, so you need to plan about a year and a half ahead of those dates.
  • A description of the local PowerShell audience. Helping us understand the local business environment, how many Microsoft IT pros are employes, and whether or not there’s a local user group, all helps. The more you can do to help us reach out to the locals, the more confident we’ll be in planning an event in your area.
  • A venue. This is the tough part, because we have a number of pretty strict requirements. Many commercial venues won’t talk to a smaller organization more than 6-9 months out, so in talking to a venue you’ll have to ask them to estimate pricing based on their current situation; we’ll nail down particulars closer-in if we select the venue. We don’t need you to guarantee dates; we just need an estimate of how much the venue wants to charge us.

Our venue requirements are detailed and pretty much non-negotiable.

  • The venue must be near an international airport – no more than a 30-minute drive. This must be accessible by a major air carrier, such that a flight from Seattle-Tacoma could make it to the venue’s airport with no more than one connection. We have to be considerate of the product team’s time!
  • The venue must be near a sufficient number of affordable, business-class hotels. We do not reserve room blocks or guarantee rooms, so if you’re talking to a hotel, they may not want to deal with you because of this.
  • The venue must offer parking – although we are okay if there are parking fees.
  • We must have 2 rooms capable of seating at least 50 people each. That seating can be “theater-style…”
  • …but we must also have a place for at least 100 people to eat lunch. Sometimes, that means a separate room. Other times, it may mean setting the session rooms “classroom style” so people can eat in the session rooms. Switching to “classroom style” still needs to afford seating for 50 people per room, minimum.
  • We prefer to buy “all-day” catering packages that include unlimited coffee, a continental breakfast (pastries), buffet lunch, and an afternoon snack. Pricing cannot exceed about $110 per person per day – and that must include taxes, service fees, gratuities, and so on.
  • We prefer not to guarantee a specific number of people until very close-in. However, most commercial venues require a commitment up front. In that case, we prefer to commit to no more than 50 people – even though we want the flexibility to have more than that.
  • If we’re paying top dollar for catering, we should get the venue itself for free. That’s traditional at most commercial venues. If we’re paying for the venue, then our per-person/per-day catering cost should be substantially under our limit.
  • We prefer to minimize A/V expenses, but do require an HD projector, screen, and wireless lav mic in each of the two rooms. We’d need pricing on that equipment if it isn’t included in the venue pricing.
  • The venue needs to have decent Internet. That doesn’t necessarily need to be included for free, but it needs to be available. We may purchase 2-4 connections for speakers to use when presenting, so knowing the pricing would be helpful.
  • The venue needs to be available for at least one evening event, where we’ll likely want a cash bar and some light snacks – we expect to pay extra for the evening food, but not for the venue itself.

As you can see, it’s a tough list, and it’s a lot of work for us to find venues. That’s one reason we tend to lean toward Microsoft facilities, when they’re available, because we get the venue cheaper, the food cheaper, and so on.

You’ll also see that our pricing doesn’t leave a ton of room for error. At $110/person/day, each attendee costs us $330. With 50 attendees, there’s another $130 per person in overhead to pay for speakers’ meals. We have about another $130 per person in hard costs like insurance, equipment shipping, and logistics planning. We carve off another $150 per person to help fund PowerShell.org itself, including this website. That’s $740 per person in costs – real close to the $800 we charge, which also has to cover VERIFIED EFFECTIVE exam costs and so on. We plan our numbers around a 50-person break-even point because we’re incredibly risk-averse – we don’t want to have to make up the difference on our personal credit cards, which has almost happened in the past. As you can see, we try to keep our numbers pretty tight – which means a lot of careful planning.

So… if you want to volunteer (it’s much appreciated!) and do some local legwork, you’re more than welcome to propose your favorite town. We understand that, working 18+ months out, some of the numbers will be estimates – that’s fine. Knowing that something is roughly in the right price range is a big start.

We do have other operational criteria that can come into play, so just because you propose someplace doesn’t mean we’re guaranteeing we’ll go there – but we’ll keep it in mind, even for future years.

PowerShell Summit Europe 2014 – All videos available


All of the recordings from the recent PowerShell Summit in Amsterdam are now available through the PowerShell.org channel on youtube. The playlist for the Summit is https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfeA8kIs7Coehjg9cB6foPjBojLHYQGb_

Thank you again to the speakers, and attendees, who made for a wonderful first Summit in Europe and more thanks to the people who donated to our appeal to raise funds for the recording equipment.

PowerShell Summit Europe 2014 – – videos from day 1


The videos from day 1 of the Powershell Summit Europe 2014 are now available on the PowerShell.org youtube channel. The European Summit playlist can be found at

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfeA8kIs7Coehjg9cB6foPjBojLHYQGb_

Uploading of day 2 is in progress and I’ll supply notification when complete

Enjoy.

Accepting Nominations for 2015 PowerShell Heroes


It’s that time of year again: we’re looking for nominations for new PowerShell Heroes! The PowerShell Hero program is our way of giving recognition to people who are contributing to the PowerShell community, but who have not yet received some other similar award, such as Microsoft’s MVP or VMware’s vExpert. This will be the second year for the program; in January of 2014, we recognized Teresa Wilson, Mark Schill, Francois-Xavier Cat, Martin Pugh, and Dave Wyatt.

We will be accepting nominations for the 2015 Heroes until December 15th, 2014. After that date, we will go over the nominations, and the honorees will be announced in January.

Who can I nominate? Anyone you want, except current or past MVPs, Microsoft employees, Microsoft Regional Directors, or others who have been formally recognized for their community contributions.

How do I nominate them? Send an email to [email protected]. We need the person’s name or online handle, and some links to their contributions. Also describe in 100-500 words why they’re your PowerShell Hero. Please put “PowerShell Hero” in the subject line of your email.

How many people will be recognized? We don’t have a fixed number.

What will honorees receive? Online recognition; we’ll be publishing an online directory of Heroes.

Must someone re-qualify every year? This isn’t like the MVP program – it’s a recognition with no benefits. So there’s nothing to “qualify” for. In future years, the previous year’s honorees will select the next year’s honorees, so you’re prohibited from being recognized in sequential years.

How can I think of who to nominate? Think about who has helped you with PowerShell problems. Did someone help you solve something through a discussion forum? Did someone’s blog post give you that “aha!” moment? Did someone spend a massive amount of time putting together a PowerShell event that really helped you? Those are the heroes we want to recognize. Again, past and present MVP award recipients are not eligible – they’ve already been recognized.

 

PowerShell Summit Europe 2014 – – slides and code


All of the slides and demo code the speakers wanted to share are available for your enjoyment at http://1drv.ms/1vMWmtm

I’m currently uploading the videos which is a slow process. I’ll post when hat activity is completed.

PowerShell Summit Europe 2014 – – Thank you


I would like to express a huge thank you to the speakers and attendees at our recent Summit.

The speakers delivered an excellent set of sessions that dived into PowerShell features new and old.

The attendees asked lots of questions, both during and after sessions, which is what we want. This is a Summit not a conference where a speaker rushes in, delivers a talk and rushes out. We wanted a healthy level of discussion and that’s what we got.

The feed back we’ve had has been very positive from both the attendees and speakers. We managed to record practically all of the sessions and those videos as well as the slides and code will be available for download soon.

This year’s event in Amsterdam has laid a very solid foundation for the future of the European Summit and our plans are to run a European Summit in 2015. Exact location and dates haven’t been decided yet but we will communicate them as soon as we know.

When Will There be a PowerShell Summit in ____?


As we move into the middle of PowerShell Summit Europe 2014, we have a lot of folks asking, “when will you hold a Summit in ____” (insert the name of your favorite country).

Right now, PowerShell.org is committed to organizing both North American and European events, one per year, while there is audience demand for them. Both events will shift locations from year to year, and the location choice is driven by a number of criteria – mainly financial ones.

But we’re all volunteers here. Each event requires upwards of 240 man-hours to put together, and an up-front financial commitment of up to $25,000. We’re getting to the point where the organization can front that money, but it’s been on personal credit cards to this point, paid back only once the event is complete. So… it’s a big deal. Strictly from a time perspective, we just don’t have enough to organize more events elsewhere in the world.

However, we continue to encourage folks to organize their own events. We’ve even come up with a brand name to get you started: PowerShell Forum. The idea is for those to be smaller 2-3 day, regional-level events that we help promote. We’ll provide all the advice we can to help get you going, too. We’ll put you in touch with the right folks so that if product team participation is an option, you can find out. We hope that a PowerShell Forum “grows up” to one day host a PowerShell Summit – because the organizers and volunteers are in place to let us hold a full Summit without taking on the entire time commitment ourselves.

In any community, if you want something good to come your way, the best way is to do it yourself – rather than asking someone else to bring the good to you. We feel that’s particularly true with live events, because you know the local market, the venues, the audience, the customs, the laws, and so on.

So, “when will there be a PowerShell Summit in _____?” The answer is, “when you make it happen.” We’d love to help – but you’ll have to take the first step.

Join the DSC Hackathon at PowerShell Summit 2014 Europe


On Monday night (Amsterdam time, September 29th), we’ll be holding the first DSC Hackathon at PowerShell Summit Europe 2014. Attached are the scenarios we’ll be asking participants to select from. We’ll ask everyone to work in small groups, pick one scenario, and try to produce a custom DSC resource that solves the problem.

Many of these are from Microsoft’s own internal “wish list” of resources that they don’t yet have anyone assigned to.

You’re welcome to participate, even if you’re not present at the Summit. You will need to operate in Amsterdam time; we’re only accepting submissions during that time (from about 6pm local time). If you’d like to participate, you’ll need a Twitter account to begin with. When the Hackathon starts, drop a tweet that includes the hash tag #DSCHackathon, as well as the scenario you’d like to work on. We’ll respond and connect you with a group that’s working on that scenario. From there, the group will let you know how they’d like to communicate – possibly a Skype chat window, possibly an IRC chat, it’ll be up to them.

In the event that Internet connectivity sucks, we’ll simply do our best, and may direct remote users to work on their own. But, if you monitor the #DSCHackathon tag, you may be able to find other remote users to team up with.

There are no prizes – we’re doing this for the good of the community. However, every team who hands in a working resource will get public recognition in the PowerShell team blog, on PowerShell.org, and wherever else we can manage to mention you :).

As a reminder, you should plan to have Windows PowerShell v4 or later on your laptop in order to participate. We don’t anticipate going longer than 2-3 hours, and if you’re on-site plan to use battery power for the entire period. Ideally, you’ll want a server VM or two so that you can test the scenarios… which are attached herewith. And it’s fine to get an early start on these, if you like.

Download: DSC Hackathon Scenarios

PowerShell Summit Europe 2014 – final agenda


The final agenda for the PowerShell Summit is available at http://eventmgr.azurewebsites.net/event/home/PSEU14

Circumstances beyond the control of PowerShell.org have meant we’ve had to make a few changes to the agenda from that previously published.

Look forward to seeing you all in Amsterdam.

Instructions for PowerShell Summit North America 2015 Registration


If you’re planning to attend PowerShell Summit North America 2015, to be held at the end of April 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina, you should read the following important information:

  • The registration site will be open from 30 October 2014 to 30 March 2015. There is about a 30-day window from the end of registration to the event itself. There are no exceptions to this cutoff.
  • You should read the extremely important information about registering. It also contains links to the agenda and to the registration site.
  • The agenda will be available in mid-October 2014.
  • We will only have about 90 seats available due to the size of the venue. You will probably need to plan to register early, because we don’t have a magical way of making the building bigger to accommodate “just one more person.”
  • We will not be holding seats for later registrations. Everything becomes available on 30 October 2014. We’ve done the “phased release” before and it was a major PITA.
  • Yes, we will be recording all sessions and posting them on the PowerShell.org YouTube channel. We will not be live-streaming because the facilities don’t exist to do so. Recordings will include slides/demos and a room microphone; this will not be Channel 9-quality, but it should get the job done. Or you could, you know, show up at the live event.

If you are planning to have someone in your organization register and pay on your behalf, it is crucial that they do so using your e-mail address, not theirs. Otherwise, we may not be able to admit you to the event. This is a big deal. Please don’t mess it up.

Please help us get the word out. This is entirely a community event, run entirely by volunteers who are paying their own way to the event also. We have zero marketing and advertising budget, because we try to keep the overall costs as low as humanly possible. Set reminders to tweet, Facebook, etc. once a month and help us let the world know about the event.

PowerShell Summit North America 2015 Registration Information


Registration for PowerShell Summit North America 2015 will begin on October 30, 2014, and continue through March 30, 2015. Visit the main Summit page for registration links, event dates, and other information. The event will be at Microsoft’s offices in Charlotte, NC.

Please note that we will only be accepting around 100 registrations. Payment is via PayPal; if you cannot pay via PayPal, please contact Summit at PowerShell.org for alternate arrangements (such as check). However, leave plenty of time – we must receive your payment by 30 March 2015 in order to process your registration.

We understand that some of you need specific communications about the event, so that your organizations can understand its value as a training opportunity. Please contact us via e-mail and we will be happy to assist by providing the appropriate brochure or other information.