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PowerShell Summit N.A. 2014 – Budget


As part of our commitment to being a transparent, community-owned organization, I wanted to share the basic budget for the upcoming Summit. Now that registration is cut off, we have most of our final numbers. Keep in mind that, at live events, things “on the ground” can change quickly – so these are, at present, only our expectations “going in.”

  • $113,833.51 in net registration fees. This is after paying credit card transaction fees.
  • -$398.00 for event insurance (already paid)
  • -$76,466.04 for the venue, which includes A/V, F&B, room rental, etc. (already paid)
  • -$9,335.01 for speaker lodging (hotel)
  • -$3,000 for professional event management (including travel for the event manager)
  • -$1,490 for our registration web site (already paid)
  • -$1,710.51 for deposit on the European Summit
  • -$7,500 for speaker reimbursement

That last number is presently the big question; we have some speakers who paid for their registration, and we need to reimburse them. That’s probably about $4,000. We have another $2,500  in promised travel offset fees to speakers doing 3 sessions. We’re trying to reimburse additional travel expenses for other speakers so they’re not totally out of pocket; the final number may be more than $7,500.

Right now, that puts us at an event profit of roughly $13,933.95. Again, some of that may end up going to additional speaker reimbursement; the rest will help fund PowerShell.org ongoing activities (like Azure hosting and so forth; I’ll share a full annual operating budget in June, but it’s about $17,000 per year). We have about $20k in payments coming up for the European Summit.

We have approximately $92,000 on-hand; much of that will go to the expenses above that are still pending. We should end April with around $65,000 on-hand – a lot of that comes from earning back a $40,000 pre-payment for the N.A. Summit that we made in fiscal 2013-2014. We’ll use some of that $65k to cover the remaining $20k fees on the European Summit; the rest of our cash-on-hand will help provide deposits for the 2015 N.A. Summit, and to fund ongoing operations for 2014-2015. We’re in good financial shape – we’re making a bit more than we need, but not very much – which is right where we want to be.

The good news is that, between the Summits and our generous corporate sponsors, we’re on track to actually find the $17k wish-list budget we’ve put together (which we’re still researching and tweaking; as stated, I’ll share the full thing in June). That means we’ll be able to start spinning up services like the VERIFIED EFFECTIVE program, monthly TechSession webinars, and so on.

Get the Scoop! Getting Ready for PowerShell Summit North America 2014


We’ve got almost 200 folks ready to converge on Bellevue in a couple of weeks, and we’ve prepared a final edition of the Attendee Guide that you should download and review. Bookmark the URL, as any late-breaking changes will be published there as well.

Take the time to actually READ the Attendee Guide, too. It’ll help you have good and accurate expectations for what’s ahead, and help avoid any last-minute disappointments. We’ve jammed a lot of information in there, but it’s all useful, and we’ve tried to keep it all as concise as possible.

See you in two weeks!

PowerShell Summit NA 2014 Attendee Information


The following information was provided to attendees via e-mail, and is being posted here as a backup.

We’re getting close!
We wanted to take a moment and make sure you have everything you need to succeed for the PowerShell Summit North America 2014. First, be sure you’re visiting http://powershellsummit.org for full event details. Things may change leading up to the event, and we’re not sending out emails every time.  Most specifically, make sure you’re checking http://powershell.org/wp/category/announcements/powershell-summit/, because any official announcements or changes will be posted there. Or, you know, live in ignorance. I hear it’s bliss <grin>.
We truly can’t wait to meet all of you – and we know you’re going to have a great time.
 
PAPERS, PLEASE!
Please print and bring your PowerShell Summit confirmation. If you can’t find it, please contact us for your confirmation number BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME. Also bring a government-issued photo ID to pick up your badge. Other useful documents can include your payment receipt (printed). We know some of you were paid for by someone else at your company, so it’s important we be able to make the connection to YOU when you show up.
 
GET THE GUIDE
Please take a moment to download the latest agenda and attendee guide from http://bit.ly/2014NASummit. And bookmark that, too – you’re going to want to be able to grab any last-minute changes directly. We’ll have printouts of the grid on-site, but an electronic copy is so much easier, right? We won’t have the ENTIRE Guide available in print form on-site. The Guide is being updated pretty regularly as we firm up plans (like our meal menus), so it won’t kill you to check back now and again as the Summit approaches. There have been a couple of last-minute session changes, so I’d grab the latest just before you leave for the Summit.
WHEN YOU ASSUME
Now would be an EXCELLENT time to develop some realistic and accurate expectations – and the best way to do that is by reading the Attendee Guide. For example, do you know how much on-site parking costs? It ain’t free, and it ain’t included. You can help avoid nasty surprises by reading the Guide. The Guide is also the best way to make sure you’re not missing any of the little surprises we’re cooking up. Let the Guide be your guide. Trust in the power of the Guide. And make sure you’ve downloaded the latest copy!
 
KNOW WHERE TO GO
The entire Summit is happening at The Meydenbauer Center (www.meydenbauer.com) in downtown Bellevue, WA. If you don’t know where that is, now would be a good time to consult your favorite mapping software. We’ll be on the 4th floor. Pay attention to the agenda grid (it’s in the Guide) regarding meal times and whatnot.
 
MAKE SURE YOU CAN EAT
If you have any dietary restrictions that you’ve not told me about directly, now’s your absolute last chance to do so. Send me an e-mail, and make sure you get a reply from me. If you don’t get the reply, then I didn’t hear from you. We’re preparing about 2-3% of our food for vegetarians; anything else isn’t going to exist if you don’t ask for it. The attendee guide will give you an idea of what we’re planning, menu-wise. If you’re not sure, ask me now. The attendee guide also lists meal and break times; if you need (for example) a continuous intravenous supply of coffee, we aren’t going to be able to accommodate that, and you should make appropriate arrangements for yourself. Extra coffee is $68/gallon from the events center. Yeah. We know. (There are soft drink machines on site, if you need one – bring cash for those.)
DOUBLE CHECK YOUR FLIGHT AND STUFF
If you’re connecting on your way to Seattle, make sure you bring a carry-on with a day’s worth of clothes in case your checked bags go to STL instead of SEA. Don’t put medication and important stuff in checked bags. You know the drill. Read up on the TSA’s latest nonsense in advance (www.tsa.gov) so you’re prepared. Assume the trip will not go well, and have plans in place to deal with it. We want you to make it in one piece. If anything happens, drop me an e-mail so we don’t worry about you. We will, otherwise. We’re like that. If you are connecting through SFO, please watch your flight carefully – they’re doing runway work that is resulting in delays and cancellations. Even if your aircraft is coming to pick you up via SFO, keep an eye on it.
TECH STUFF
Don’t expect a plethora of (or any) power outlets, and expect only minimal Internet connectivity in the building. Event centers charge a TON for those services (literally $1000 per 1MB of bandwidth), and we couldn’t afford much. Besides, you’ll be far too busy absorbing everything our amazing speakers are going to deliver. But, we wanted you to have a realistic expectation about this. Maybe leave the laptop back in the hotel room.
BRING SOME CASH
We will have “cash bars” in the evenings, so make sure you… you know… have some cash. They don’t take plastic. Drinks aren’t crazy outrageous ($8-$12 for the most part, which includes tip). But we’ve pretty much got all your meals covered (even a hot item per person for breakfast every morning), so your expense report shouldn’t be too bad.
 
HOLLER IF YOU NEED ANYTHING
A quick e-mail can bring quick (nearly instant) answers about your Summit questions. AskDon’t assume.
See you in a couple of weeks!

PowerShell Summit NA 2014 Registration CLOSED


Registration for the PowerShell Summit North America 2014 is now closed. Due to advance planning requirements at the venue, we will not be accepting any late registrations. We can continue to accept transfers or substitutions, but there will be a $25 administrative fee applied. All registrations are final and non-transferable at of April 20th, 2014.

Attendees: Please check your e-mail. An informational notice went out to you all on Sunday afternoon, and a follow-up went out today (April 14th). That same information will be available right here on PowerShell.org in the “PowerShell Summit” category – so please be sure to read everything.

The Attendee Guide is available also – please take a moment to download it and review the important information it contains.

PowerShell Summit NA 2014 Shirts Available


If you’re attending PowerShell Summit NA 2014 (or wish you were), we have some new logo items for purchase! Buy ‘em now and wear ‘em to the Summit, including a baseball jersey and a polo shirt. Visit our Zazzle store to buy (or the Canadian store, to save a bit on shipping if you live up there).

Note that the items may take about 24 hours to become visible, so check on April 15th in the afternoon if you don’t see them immediately.

See you at the Summit!

Summit Session Change


Paul Higinbotham’s session on threading in PowerShell has been changed, because his content would have overlapped with other sessions. Instead, Paul will be presenting:

PowerShell Debugging Enhancements
A number of script debugging enhancements were added to PowerShell 4.0 and the WMF 5.0 preview release. In this talk I will discuss these new debugging features and demonstrate how they work. This will include the new support for remote debugging, debugging workflow scripts, debugging PowerShell jobs, ISE enhancements for remote debugging, and the new “Break All” command.

We’ll update the schedule grid and abstract document.

ONE WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER: PowerShell Summit N.A. 2014 & Precon


This is a reminder that registration for PowerShell Summit North America, and the Sunday pre-con with Don Jones, will end on April 14th. After that, we will accept registrations on a space-available basis, with payment on-site by credit card or check only (must be a US card of check), with a $50 service fee applying.

So, you know, don’t wait any longer, if you’ve waited this long.

Scheduled Site Downtime


Due to Microsoft Azure maintenance, we are expecting PowerShell.org to be offline on April 11th from approximately 3:00pm Pacific time. The downtime should last between six and eight hours. During that time, the site may be intermittently or entirely unavailable. Thank you for your understanding.

UCS Power Scripting Contest – Unleash the Power of Cisco UCS


Cisco UCS servers (both managed by UCS Manager and standalone rackmount servers) can be managed with PowerShell scripts. Cisco is running a contest looking for the best PowerShell scripts that manage, automate, monitor, and perform tasks like inventory gathering about UCS Servers and other connected infrastucture, like hypervisors, applications, and operating systems. The Cisco UCS Power Scripting Contest is now open and will run until May 11th, 2014. A winner will be announced in the DevNET Zone at Cisco Live on May 20th at 5PM PT. Head over to the contest site for more details on how to win great prizes, our celebrity judging panel and support your fellow community members! For more information head to:

UCS Scripting: http://communities.cisco.com/ucsscripting
UCS Communities: http://communities.cisco.com/ucs
UCS Developed Integrations: http://communities.cisco.com/ucsintegrations

About UCS PowerTool

Cisco UCS PowerTool for UCS Manager is a PowerShell module that helps automate and manage configurations within UCS Manager including service profiles, policies, pools, equipment, and network and storage management. Cisco UCS PowerTool for IMC is a PowerShell module that helps automate and manage configurations within a standalone C-Series rackmount server including BIOS settings, boot order, firmware updates, and administrative settings such as LDAP, syslog, SNMP, etc. Cisco UCS PowerTool enables easy integration with existing IT management processes and tools. The PowerTool cmdlets manipulate on the Cisco UCS Manager’s Management Information Tree (MIT). These cmdlets allow you to create, modify, or delete actions on the Managed Objects (MOs) in the tree.

Getting Ready for PowerShell Summit North America 2014


Remember that Summit registration ENDS in just about 10 days. If you’re already registered, here’s some incredibly important information you need to know.

First, be sure you’re visiting http://powershellsummit.org for full event details. Things may change leading up to the event, and we’re not sending out emails every time.  Most specifically, make sure you’re checking http://powershell.org/wp/category/announcements/powershell-summit/, because any official announcements or changes will be posted there. Or, you know, live in ignorance. We hear it’s bliss <grin>.

PAPERS, PLEASE!
Please print and bring your PowerShell Summit confirmation. If you can’t find it, please contact summit at powershell.org for your confirmation number BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME. Also bring a government-issued photo ID to pick up your badge. Other useful documents can include your payment receipt (printed). We know some of you were paid for by someone else at your company, so it’s important we be able to make the connection to YOU when you show up.

GET THE GUIDE
Please take a moment to download the latest agenda and attendee guide from http://bit.ly/2014NASummit. And bookmark that, too – you’re going to want to be able to grab any last-minute changes directly. We’ll have printouts on-site, but an electronic copy is so much easier, right? The Guide is being updated pretty regularly as we firm up plans (like our meal menus), so it won’t kill you to check back now and again as the Summit approaches.

KNOW WHERE TO GO
The entire Summit is happening at The Meydenbauer Center (www.meydenbauer.com) in downtown Bellevue, WA. If you don’t know where that is, now would be a good time to consult your favorite mapping software. We’ll be on the 4th floor. Pay attention to the agenda grid (it’s in the Guide) regarding meal times and whatnot.

MAKE SURE YOU CAN EAT
If you have any dietary restrictions that you’ve not told me about directly, now’s your absolute last chance to do so. Send me an e-mail, and make sure you get a reply from me. If you don’t get the reply, then I didn’t hear from you. We’re preparing about 2-3% of our food for vegetarians; anything else isn’t going to exist if you don’t ask for it. The attendee guide will give you an idea of what we’re planning, menu-wise. If you’re not sure, ask me now. The attendee guide also lists meal and break times; if you need (for example) a continuous intravenous supply of coffee, we aren’t going to be able to accommodate that, and you should make appropriate arrangements for yourself. Extra coffee is $68/gallon from the events center. Yeah. We know.

DOUBLE CHECK YOUR FLIGHT AND STUFF
If you’re connecting, make sure you bring a carry-on with a day’s worth of clothes in case your bags go to STL instead of SEA. Don’t put medication and important stuff in checked bags. You know the drill. Read up on the TSA’s latest nonsense in advance (www.tsa.gov) so you’re prepared. Assume the trip will not go well, and have plans in place to deal with it. We want you to make it in one piece. If anything happens, drop us an e-mail or tweet so we don’t worry about you. We will, otherwise. We’re like that.

TECH STUFF
Don’t expect a plethora of (or any) power outlets, and expect only minimal Internet connectivity in the building. Event centers charge a TON for those services (literally $1000 per 1GB of bandwidth per day), and we couldn’t afford much. Besides, you’ll be far too busy absorbing everything our amazing speakers are going to deliver. But, we wanted you to have a realistic expectation about this.

BRING SOME CASH
We do have “cash bars” in the evenings, so make sure you… you know… have some cash. They don’t take plastic. Drinks aren’t crazy outrageous ($8-$12 for the most part, which includes tip). But we’ve pretty much got all your meals covered (even a hot item per person for breakfast every morning), so your expense report shouldn’t be too bad.

Evening Events! Getting Ready for PowerShell Summit North America 2014


We’ve got THREE awesome events lined up for the Summit.

SUNDAY EVENING, we’re all going to hang out at Blue Martini, a bar at the Brevern building, right next door to the Meydenbauer Center where the Summit is being held. This is a pay-your-own way mingling, and a chance to connect with folks before all the fun begins Monday morning. If you’re attending the Sunday pre-con, it’s also a chance to decompress and re-tox. Details in the Attendee Guide.

MONDAY EVENING, we’re holding an hour-ish-long IRON SCRIPTER tournament. It’ll be fun, a chance to flex your PowerShell muscles, and an opportunity to be a little clever. We’ll present a three-course challenge, with scoring for Creativity, Use of Theme Ingredient, Presentation, and Flavor (functionality). The first case of wine and half-barrel of beer are on us, as is a lavish assortment of local cuisine. A cash bar will be available for follow-up drinks.

TUESDAY EVENING, we’re going directly from the afternoon’s Product Team Lightning Demos and into a Product Team Mix ‘n’ Mingle, where you’ll get to have follow-up Q&A with the team members you just met at the demos. Again, we’re buying the first round and a big spread o’ food, and a cash bar will take us into the evening.

Then, on Wednesday, everyone leaves. Sad face.

Power and Internet! Getting Ready for PowerShell Summit North America 2014


We want to make sure Summit attendees have an excellent experience, and we believe part of that is having good expectations about what the event will offer.

We’re NOT in a Microsoft-owned office building this year, so there are two important things – well, three – that cost a LOT of money: Internet and power. The third is coffee.

We will have a shared 5Mbps WiFi network, which means you may experience slow connections. Don’t show up expecting to remote desktop into your computers back home. PowerShell Remoting, maybe, since it’s so low-bandwidth, but RDP may struggle. Skype may struggle. Etc. That bandwidth unfortunately costs us thousands of dollars per day, so its all we could do. BTW, that was a tongue-in-cheek dig at RDP.

We will also not be running power hither and yon, and you may not drape your power cord across walkways. So plan to put the laptop away. Maybe take notes on that fancy Surface or iPad, with their all-day battery life?

Coffee we will have, hopefully in abundance. Tea, too. But if you’re a gallon-a-day drinker, try to spread it out over the day! We’ll have cold soft drinks in limited supply during the afternoon break and lunch, and the Center does have vending machines. Bring some cash. They charge us about $4.25 for a can of soda, so again, we had to budget.

We’re also thinking we’re all in the wrong business, and that we should open a convention center. Seriously, coffee is almost $70/gallon. And that’s in Seattle, where the stuff comes out of the faucets, practically.

These costs, incidentally, are not out of line for a convention center – if anything, they’re pretty reasonable. Comparatively. Which is why major conferences cost so much to attend.

Food! Getting Ready for PowerShell Summit North America 2014


As you get ready to attend PowerShell Summit North America 2014, start looking forward to the amazing meals and evening events that we have planned!

Yeah, the amazing technical content, too. But, food!

The Attendee Guide outlines our three days of breakfasts and lunches (four days if you’re attending the pre-con session), as well as our two big evening events. We’re laying on quite the spread, so that our IRON SCRIPTER contest is FUN, and that our Product Team Mix ‘n’ Mingle is INFORMATIVE. And fun. We’ve also got morning and afternoon snack breaks scheduled to keep you refreshed and recharged.

If you have any dietary requirements, be sure to contact us ASAP to let us know. Make sure you get a reply, because otherwise we didn’t get your message.

Jobs: PowerShell Scripter Wanted


Told you this would eventually start happening ;). Matt Sullivan of Strategic Staffing contacted me with the following job posting; if you’re interested, reply to him directly at 781-347-5220.

My name is Matt Sullivan and I am a member of the Strategic Staffing Division at NTT DATA Inc., the sixth largest global IT integrator. We have more than 75,000 employees worldwide, offices in 40 different countires, and we are owned by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, the largest telecommunications company in the world.

I am currently seeking a Scripting Engineer – PowerShell to join our team in Burlington, VT. The job description can be found below for your review. Please note that your resume will not be submitted to the client until we have discussed your background.

Title: PowerShell Scripter
Location: Burlington, VT
Duration: 1 year

Our Client has a number of projects in flight that require scripting (PowerShell) as part of their automation solution in our Windows environment. This position would require that the contractor meet with other project members, to gather requirements, build, test and document the scripts. He/she will then hand this work off to another vendor to be implemented on the scheduling platform (BMC’s Control-M, a SaaS hosted by Client).

As a second priority, the contractor will work with various departments, to examine an existing body of scripts/jobs which also in our Windows environment. These jobs, having been prioritized by the client, will be converted, if necessary, to PowerShell, tested and documented before being turned over to Client. This body of work is not expected to be completed in the time allotted as it is very large. Our goal is to address as many as possible working from the highest priority down.

PowerShell is the scripting language of choice. A few years at a minimum is required including experience with .NET remoting.
Expert level in Powershell
3+ years experience
Powershell V2 and/or V3
Solid understanding of Powershell Remoting
Business Analyst skills
Experience in requirements gathering
Testing methodologies, test plan development
Strong documentation skills
We are dedicated to working with a wide range of IT consultants, as an example corp to corp and W-2 hourly contractors; and we offer competitive benefits for candidates applying as W-2 contractors.

Benefits available for W-2 contractors only:
Medical
Dental
Vision
Caremark Prescription
401(k)
W-2 Employee Assistance Program
Accident Insurance- Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Business Travel Insurance
COBRA
Healthcare Reimbursement Account Programs
Credit Union
Corporate Mortgage Program

PowerShell Summit 2014 NA Attendees: Key Dates


We wanted to quickly emphasize some key days for the upcoming Summit.

  • March 12, 2014 is the last day to reserve a room in our block at the Coast Hotel. That’s where we’ll be hosting early badge pick-up on Sunday afternoon.
  • April 12, 2014 will be the last day to register for the Summit. After that, registrations will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and payment will only be accepted at the door via credit card. There will be a $50 processing fee for those registrations, IF we are able to accept them.
  • April 12 is also the last day you can register for the Concentrated Tech pre-con on Sunday.
  • We’ve provided an updated Summit Attendee Guide (as of March 4, 2014) that includes catering menus, a schedule grid, and other critical information. All attendees should download and review the guide. Download it again before you head to Bellevue, so that you have the latest information.

Please take the time to download and read through the Attendee Guide. It’s full of important information that will help you have the best Summit experience possible. I’ll also remind you to review the Summit Terms and Conditions, which spell out important expectations like the availability of power, Internet, and other services.

We look forward to seeing you in April!