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European Summit deadline approaching


There are just over two weeks left for you to register for the European PowerShell Summit. At the moment we are still short of the number that would enable us to repeat a European Summit in 2015. We had a lot of comments from people stating they wanted a Summit in Europe. Now is the time to step up and support that idea.

Hope to see you there

Accepting Topics for PowerShell Summit North America 2015


We are still accepting session ideas for PowerShell Summit North America 2015, to be held in April 2015 in Charlotte, NC. However, time is running out – so if you’d like to submit (speakers get to attend for free, although we aren’t able to cover other expenses), then you need to get on the ball!

  1. Go to http://eventmgr.azurewebsites.net/preregister/account/PSNA15/2015-NA-Speaker. Create an account.
  2. You can always return to http://eventmgr.azurewebsites.net/event/home/PSNA15 to login and access your abstracts.
  3. Click Abstracts
  4. 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.

PowerShell Summit Europe 2014 – Status


As of this post, we have filled slightly over 50% of our capacity for the PowerShell Summit Europe 2014. Registration closes September 15, 2014. If we do not reach at least 45 attendees (we’re at 26 now), then it is unlikely we will have a 2015 event in Europe.

We do plan to record all sessions. Recordings will intercept the speaker’s laptop output on its way to the projector, meaning it will be a high-quality, high-definition recording. A room microphone should do a good job of capturing speaker audio, and an acceptable job capturing Q&A, discussion, and other room audio. These recordings will be posted on the PowerShell.org YouTube channel within a few weeks of the event conclusion. We do not plan to include instructor video, although for select sessions we may experiment with doing so. You should not have high expectations for that, as it will be standard-definition, composite video of fairly low quality. It will be added to the projector feed, and will not replace the projector feed.

We will create a blog post here containing any other session materials that speakers make available to us. Again, that will be made available within a few weeks of the event conclusion.

We will have a designated Sunday pre-mixer location, announced right here on PowerShell.org, for folks who arrive Sunday afternoon or early evening and who want to hang out for a few hours.

Monday night will feature a DSC Hackathon, a lightly competitive group event where we’ll seek to create and debug a new DSC resource that’s been in-demand from the community; suggestions will come both from direct community requests and from the PowerShell team’s internal “to do” list. We will provide opportunities for offsite participants, although the event will happen in real-time based on the Amsterdam time zone. There will be no accommodation for folks in other time zones – you’ll just need to be awake at the right time.

Tuesday night will consist of an informal pub crawl, with several nearby places designated as stops.

As a note, we have fielded several request in the vein of, “are there plans to hold a Europe Summit in __(insert country name here)__?” The answer is “no,” as we simply have not begun planning a future event. Note, however, that we’ve received a roughly equal number of requests from pretty much every major country in the European Economic Community, and we will definitely not be holding the next event in all of them at once. If there’s evidence that folks simply won’t travel outside their own country or immediate region, then a pan-European Summit may be impossible to support going forward. We will instead rely on local enthusiasts running PowerShell Saturday or local PowerShell Forum events, and will try to support those to the best of our ability. It’s our deepest hope that an annual all-Europe event can be successful, and it is our intent to rotate it through suitable cities throughout Europe each year.

PowerShell Summit 2014 Europe Registration Open Today


If you’re reading this, then registration for PowerShell Summit 2014 Europe should be open.

Please be sure to create an account using the attendee’s e-mail address, even if someone else will be paying. Summit attendance and all AWPP benefits are tied to the attendee e-mail address. Read the FAQ on the registration website if you need to pay by alternate means (other than PayPal), and contact Summit@ via e-mail if you have registration questions.

The account you create on the registration site will also provide access to the full agenda, session surveys, and other important items. Please remember your registered e-mail address and password. We suggest using a personal e-mail address to avoid high-powered spam filters at work. Save your confirmation e-mail, as you will need to print it and bring it on-site to the event.

All memberships are nonrefundable.

Remember that we have only 60 total attendee slots; that number cannot and will not expand, so please don’t wait until the last minute and then e-mail asking if we can accept “just one more” person. We can’t.

European PowerShell Summit


There seems to have been a bit of confusion regarding the European PowerShell Summit as the site will tell you that registration is currently unavailable.
There isn’t a problem and the Summit HAS NOT sold out at this time. WE just haven’t opened registration yet.
Registration will open on 15 July 2014
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Free Online Access to TechLetter Back Issues


Did you know that PowerShell.org has, for more than a year now, offered a mostly-monthly TechLetter e-mail newsletter? It’s stuffed with community news, announcements (like our free webinar schedule), feature articles on PowerShell, and much more. It’s a great way to learn a little bit at a time, and it’s truly awesome content.

And we keep back issues for your perusal!

You can find the back issues online. We post all but the most recent 2-3 issues, but of course you can subscribe and have them delivered right to your inbox around the middle of most months.

We’re always on the lookout for new content, too – and if you’re thinking, “oh, I have nothing really to share,” you’re wrong! It can be as simple as an article about something you figured out. With more than 5,000 subscribers, someone’s sure to appreciate your perspective! Contact our Editors at PowerShell.org via e-mail to submit your article, or to suggest an article idea.

And please – tell a friend!

VERIFIED EFFECTIVE #PowerShell Exam Now Open to Everyone


Our VERIFIED EFFECTIVE Windows PowerShell Toolmaker exam is now open to everyone. The cost is $250, as the exam includes both automated grading and a human review element. Passed exams are considered valid for 2 years, and include an online confirmation that employers can use to check your status.

Visit http://VerifiedEffective.org to begin. Log in using one of the social network buttons provided, and then select the option to Purchase Exam Credits. You’ll walk through a couple of screens that explain how it works, provide you with an exam voucher code, and then walk you through the payment process. Your voucher code is activated once you pay – kind of like a gift card at a retail store. This is done so that you can give the voucher to someone else (e.g., if someone is paying for your exam).

Once you have an activated voucher code, you can redeem it anytime within one year. Redeeming it lets you review your selected program’s guide and prepare for your exam. Then, you can begin the exam anytime you want. The Toolmaker exam allows 6 hours to complete your exam assignment.

Good luck!

Public Beta for PowerShell “Toolmaker” VERIFIED EFFECTIVE Exam


We are preparing to open VERIFIED EFFECTIVE “certification” exams to the public for the first time, and are looking for 1-2 beta testers. If you think you might be interested, start by reading the Program Guide for the “Windows PowerShell Toolmaker” program:

Toolmaker Program Guide

The Program Guide explains how the program works, and what the exam entails. You take the exam online using your own computer.

If you think you might be interested, contact “Exams” at PowerShell.org via e-mail. Note that you will be required to pay the full program fee of $250 via PayPal; that payment process is part of what’s being tested. Once you pay, we would expect you to begin the exam and complete your exam assignment within two weeks.

Because this is a beta test, we could decide to allow you additional time to complete your exam assignment, based solely on our observations of the behavior and performance of the system. We might also allow a retake of a different assignment scenario should that prove desirable to us from a systems and testing perspective. In the end, if you pass, you will receive a digital certificate; if you fail, you will not receive a certificate, nor will you receive any feedback on your performance or submission.

This offer is open to anyone, globally, but will be limited to the first 1-2 people who respond.

The VERIFIED EFFECTIVE exam is already open to PowerShell Summit North America 2014 alumni who registered before Feb 1, 2014. Use your Summit confirmation code as an exam voucher code, and contact “Exams” at PowerShell.org (via email) if you encounter any problems in using your voucher code or taking your exam.

VERIFIED EFFECTIVE PowerShell Toolmaker Exam – Open for Summit Alumni (Read Carefully)


We’re now ready to open the VERIFIED EFFECTIVE Windows PowerShell Toolmaker exam to early registration (registered before Feb 1 2014) attendees of PowerShell Summit North America 2014.

To begin, visit VerifiedEffective.org. Log in using one of the provided social networks, and then enter your Summit confirmation code (starts with “PSNA2014″) as an exam voucher. If you’re immediately returned to the same screen, then your registration did not qualify you for a free exam. If you forgot your confirmation code, we cannot assist. Please check your Summit badge, or your original confirmation e-mail. If your confirmation code is definitely from before Feb 1, 2014, but is not working, please contact Exams at PowerShell.org for assistance.

You have until the end of 2014 to redeem your voucher and start your exam – this offer expires after December 31, 2014.

Once you redeem your voucher code, you can take as long as you want (until December 31st 2014) to review the Program Guide and learn about the exam. Once you begin the exam, you will have 6 hours to download your assignment, complete it, and upload your results. Grading can then take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on how busy we are at the time. This is a pass/fail exam (as described in the Program Guide) and you will not receive feedback on your submission.

At this time, we are not offering exams to anyone else. However, that time will come, probably later this year. Keep in mind that all attendees of PowerShell Summit Europe 2014 will receive an exam voucher, and we will also offer exams to non-attendees. We’re ramping this up slowly to make sure it goes well. We appreciate your patience.

PowerShell.org Annual Operating Budget


As we approach our annual shareholder meeting for PowerShell.org, Inc., I wanted to take a moment and share some details about our 2014-2015 operating budget.

First, you can always review the budget spreadsheet in our OneDrive account. This is updated as our plans change, prices rise, and so on; you’re welcome to check back whenever you like.

Now, let’s talk about some of our organizational goals, and what some of the items in the spreadsheet mean. As you know, we’ve been fortunate to have the support of several corporate sponsors since our invention. MVP Systems, Interface Technical Training, CBT Nuggets, and SAPIEN Technologies have been amongst those helping us out; Interface and SAPIEN both signed on for a generous three-year commitment right when we launched, and we couldn’t have gotten to this point without them. However, we know that companies’ goals and positions change over time, so we’ve been trying to drive to a point where we didn’t need to rely on corporate sponsorship. We now believe that the PowerShell Summit is stable enough that, with a conservative budget, we can meet our operational needs out of the profits from the North America and Europe events.

As a note, PowerShell.org isn’t classified as a nonprofit; we’re a not-for-profit. We’re legally allowed to make a profit; it just isn’t a goal. The corporation pays Federal income tax on any profits, although most of our income is spent on expenses, which end up being deductions.

As you’ll notice in the spreadsheet, we believe we can meet our annual operating budget by applying a $175 overhead charge to each attendee of the Summit, assuming we get 100 attendees between the two events annually. That’s conservative; the N.A. show has done 100 and 150, in its two years. So in reality the number can probably be much smaller.

Our $750 annual AWPP fee includes Summit admission, VERIFIED EFFECTIVE exams, and other benefits; our operating budget reflects the costs for these items (including virtual machine hosting for the examination program). So $175 of that $750 is earmarked for PowerShell.org; that leaves $575 to cover actual Summit expenses. Due to the exchange rate, Europe is our worst-case show for expenses, with a $330/person overhead for food and beverage. The remaining $245 goes to cover speaker overhead: speaker food and beverage (we admit them to the event for free, but they still eat), and some speaker travel reimbursement. With 50 paid attendees, that’s $12,250 in overhead income. Subtract $3300 for 10 speakers’ F&B, and we have about $9000 left to cover other expenses, including some speaker travel reimbursement. The US shows do somewhat better; in reality; we probably will take less than the $175 per person from the Europe show, to allow for more speaker travel expenses, and take a bit more from the US show where our expenses are lower and attendance is known to be higher.

Most of the budget line items should be fairly self-explanatory. In some cases, we’re receiving some of the services for free at present; we’ve budgeted to pays for them should our free ride ever end. You’re welcome to ask about anything that seems unclear, too. But you’ll notice that there’s no budget for salaries: nobody associated with PowerShell.org, Inc. is paid for their efforts. We’re run by volunteers.

So what happens when we get 200 global Summit attendees instead of the 100 we budget for? That’ll give us an operational pad. In most cases, it means we’ll be able to be a bit more elaborate with the Summit itself, buying some food for an evening event, for example. As I mentioned, it’ll also allow us to better reimburse speakers for their out-of-pocket travel expenses, which is definitely a goal. In fact, one reason we’ve tried to pay the operational budget from just half our expected attendance is specifically so we’ll have extra funds so that speakers don’t have to be entirely out-of-pocket to present at the Summits.

I hope this is helpful. As always, feel free to post your questions.

[UPDATED] Verified Effective Exams will Begin Soon


Check it out…

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Wave 1

We’ll be going live with the PowerShell Toolmaker program very soon. Wave 1 will permit our PowerShell Summit N.A. 2014 alumni who registered early and were given a free exam. If you’re one of those folks, and if you would like to be an early registrant, please contact exams at PowerShell.org. You will need to have your Summit confirmation code (it was e-mailed to you when you registered, and was printed on your badge; we cannot provide it to you if you’ve lost it). We’re looking for a small handful of early registrants to take the exam and help us test the grading systems. If you pass, it’s “real,” and you’ll get an e-certificate like the one shown here!

How do you know if you got a free exam? There was a slip included with your badge at the Summit. If you weren’t paying attention, we’ll allow you to try entering your Summit confirmation code as an exam voucher to see if it works. If you can’t find your confirmation code, you’re out of luck.

Wave 1 is designed to let us test the system and make sure everything is working well, in a small enough scale to manage any problems that arise.

 

Next Steps

If you’d like to know more about the program, and understand when it may be open to you, please review the VERIFIED EFFECTIVE information page.

 

NA 2014 PowerShell Summit wrap-up and speaker slides


This years North American PowerShell Summit was an amazing event, not only because of the outstanding speakers and sessions, but also because of you – the attendees. The enthusiasm you brought from the first mornings welcome to the evening events – like Iron Scripter – was contagious. Even the PowerShell.Org organization team, which was very tired by the time the Summit launched, got re-energized by everyone’s excitement.  How can I forget Kendall Maddox winning that amazing trophy from the Iron Scripter event!

The speakers from both Microsoft and around the world brought the latest and best information about PowerShell. As an attendee, you were the first to see new technologies – like the PowerShell Team demonstrating DSC with Linux!

On behalf of the organizers at PowerShell.Org I want to say a huge thank you to all of the attendees and speakers. I also want to thank our special Sponsor SAPIEN Technologies for taking the time to come to the Summit and for handing out free fully licensed versions of their version control product Version Recall.

Are there resources from the Summit available?

Yes. More than you might think. As an example of how the PowerShell community never stops amazing me, @vhusker (Jacob Benson) created a Curah site with a ton of resources from the Summit. Start here!

Also, Many of the speakers contributed their slides and code, which can be downloaded here.

Derek Ardolf put together a great link page to video’s and slides on his site here.

Help us for next year!

If you have suggestions on how we can improve next years Summit, send me a tweet or email to @theJasonHelmick. We listen carefully to your suggestions and I want to hear from you.

In fact, from suggestions we received, we started a campaign during this years Summit to raise enough funds to record all of next years sessions – AND YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!  I’m not saying we can accommodate everyone’s likes and dislikes, but we certainly want to hear about them and see how we can improve your experience.

Thanks to everyone for making this year’s North American 2014 PowerShell Summit a huge success. Watch PowerShell.Org for upcoming news on next year’s Summit.

Jason

PowerShell Summit N.A. 2014 Session Videos!


Aaron Hoover was kind enough to webcam the Summit sessions he attended, and he’s posted the videos on YouTube. URLs, from Aaron’s channel, are below.

Just Enough Admin – Security in a Post-Snowden World – Jeffrey Snover – PowerShell Summit 2014

Windows System Internals with PowerShell – Adam Driscoll – PowerShell Summit 2014

PowerCLI: How to Automate Your VMWare Environment Reports – Matt Griffin – PowerShell Summit 2014

Parallel Execution with PowerShell – Tome Tanasovski – PowerShell Summit 2014

PowerShell for Security Incident Response – Lee Holmes and Joe Bialek – PowerShell Summit 2014

Leverage Multi-Threading for Speeding Up Your Scripts – Jason Walker – PowerShell Summit 2014

Advanced PowerShell Eventing Scripting Techniques – Matt Graeber – PowerShell Summit 2014

Using PowerShell as a Reverse Engineering Tool – Matt Graeber – PowerShell Summit 2014

On the Job: Putting PowerShell Scheduled Jobs to Work – Jeff Hicks – PowerShell Summit 2014

The Seven Secrets of CIM – Brian Wilhite – PowerShell Summit 2014

WSMan Cmdlets – Richard Siddaway – PowerShell Summit 2014

Networking Administration with PowerShell – Richard Siddaway – PowerShell Summit 2014

Kerberos Delegation, CredSSP, and Windows PowerShell – Aleksandar Nikolic – PowerShell Summit 2014

The Joy of Intellisense: Tab Expansion – James O’Neill – PowerShell Summit 2014

Trending and Reporting – Don Jones – PowerShell Summit 2014

Leveraging Web Services with PowerShell – Trond Hindenes – PowerShell Summit 2014

Monitoring Using PowerShell – Josh Swenson – PowerShell Summit 2014

Cmdlet-ize the Registry – Richard Siddaway – PowerShell Summit 2014

PowerShell Module Design Rules (and When to Bend Them) – Kirk Freiheit – PowerShell Summit 2014