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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.

LAST CALL for the European PowerShell Summit 2014


This is the last call for attendee registration for the European PowerShell Summit 2014.
The Summit is in Amsterdam – 29 September to 1 October 2014. Details from the events page http://powershell.org/wp/community-events/summit/.

Due to a change in circumstances beyond our control we have to close public registration on 10 September 2014.

If you contact us by 10 September and ask to be able to perform a funds transfer rather than paying on line you have until 15 September 2014 to complete that transaction. No monies or registrations will be accepted after 15 September. We will not accept any new request for paying by money transfer after 10 September.

Apologies for the change in dates (the web site states registration is open until 15 September) but our hands have been forced on this.

There are still a number of places available so please register quickly if you want to attend. The more attendees we have the better chance we have of staging a European PowerShell Summit in 2015.

PowerShell Summit Europe 2014: Prepare for the DSC Hackathon


We’re hoping that everyone attending the PowerShell Summit Europe 2014 will join our Monday evening DSC Hackathon, where we’ll become “product team members for a night” and try to code up some DSC Resources from the team’s own internal wish list!

We’ll provide a cash bar as well as finger food for our on-site attendees… but you’re welcome to participate remotely, too! Sometime on September 29th, watch PowerShell.org for a posting that includes the challenges. Choose your challenge, and follow the blog post instructions to submit them. We’ll also include details for participating live via IRC and other chat mechanisms, and we may be able to do a live room-cast via Lync or something.

There are no winners and no losers – only the entire community wins, because completed entries will be added to the PowerShell.org GitHub repo and made available to the world, for free. But, coders who complete a resource will receive public recognition, both here on PowerShell.org and in some other very visible venues!

Here’s what you’ll need to participate:

  • A laptop with a charged battery and PowerShell 4.0 installed. We won’t be able to provide power, so make sure you can run 1-2 hours unplugged.
  • Ideally, a virtual machine running Win2012R2 that is configured as a domain controller. If your laptop has limited resources, install the full server GUI on that and code right on it – it’s the domain controller functionality you’ll want.
  • Whatever editing tools you like apart from the ISE.
  • Beforehand, familiarize yourself with “The DSC Book.”
  • Have the full DSC Resource Kit installed. In many cases, you’ll want to refer to existing resources to see how they do things. At a minimum, the xActiveDirectory module is a good one to have.

Apart from that – stay tuned!

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
.

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.