Category Archives: Events

Build San Francisco 2015

The Microsoft Build conference is in San Francisco again, and having missed PowerShell Summit this will provide some good content which can be seen live and afterwards at Channel 9. Aside from the great Developer content I am looking forward most to hearing what is coming to Windows Server specifically Nano. Having drank the Server Core Kool-aid I have been wanting a UNIX like footprint for Windows for years. If you will not be attending build the Northern California PowerShell User Group will be hosting Jeffrey Snover Thursday night April 30th at the new Microsoft Office in San Francisco. Please check out the meetup page to RSVP if you are coming in person. Otherwise you can watch the live streaming via Google Hangouts live

April 3, 2014 Virtual PowerShell User Group meeting

PowerShell MVP Joel Bennett will present about authoring PowerShell modules, including tips, tricks and best practices for writing modules and functions that work well together (and behave properly in the pipeline) … and…

NOTE: if you have QUESTIONS about PowerShell modules which you would like addressed, you can start adding them to the Q&A bar (and voting to rank them) already. Just click the “Q&A” icon overlay on the video placeholder:



Atlanta System Center User Group meets this Friday!

Just wanted to give a shoot out to our friends in Atlanta at the ATLSMUG group that’s run by two MVPs here in town. They have a meeting this Friday that you should not miss! It’s a full day of free training and networking, plus food!

You can find more info and the agenda here:

A special presentation on getting started with PowerShell

Microsoft will be broadcasting a live special presentation – one that can’t be missed by anyone learning and using PowerShell. In fact, they will be broadcasting two events, which I will explain – but here is why you can’t miss them.

  1. On July 18th in a live broadcast – The inventor of PowerShell, Distinguished Engineer Jeffrey Snover, along with myself, will be taking you through the ins-and-outs of using PowerShell for real-time problem solutions and automation.
  2. There will be a second presentation in August going further into scripting, automation and building tools (cmdlets) – solutions to hand to other admins, helping them to solve problems.
  3. It will be the most fun way to spend the day and learn more about PowerShell then you thought possible.

This is a great time to get your IT staff together and learn PowerShell. Even if you already know how to use PowerShell – why not get the rest of your friends involved? This will be a high speed for IT Pro only presentation. Yes, it will be recorded, but you really want to show up in the live broadcast so you can ask questions directly to Jeffrey, the inventor of PowerShell.

Jeffrey and I have crafted a great presentation for you – you can’t miss this!

(For me this is a great honor to sit across from the master, and you certainly don’t want to miss the possibility of me screwing up!  Here are the details:)

Getting Started with PowerShell 3.0

July 18, 2013

9:00am – 5:00pm (PDT)

As a side note:

I’ve been honored to teach PowerShell to hundreds of Admins over the last couple of years using Don Jones’ book “Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches” – both versions 2 and 3 – published by Manning Publications ( He and Jeff Hicks updated it to version 3 and I’m sure they will also update it to version 4. I also have been teaching a variety of versions of Don’s “Toolmaking,” now published as “Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches” (from the same publisher) by Don and Jeff Hicks.

The success rate for admins learning PowerShell, learning how to solve problems, then automating and building tools (cmdlets) has been astounding. Working with Don on these topics and classes has been one of the highlights of my career.

Don also wrote the Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) for PowerShell (course 10961) based on his (and Jeff’s) first “Lunches” book. I again was honored to be able to teach the first beta class, and the students left the class with an amazing ability to really use PowerShell to solve their everyday business problems.

It’s now a career dream to be able to deliver this same information – very fast-paced and specifically for the IT Pro – in a video series with the inventor of PowerShell, Distinguished Engineer Jeffrey Snover. In two events (each consisting of a full day) Jeffrey and I will take you through everything you need to know to be immediately effective (that’s one of Don’s signature design goals) with PowerShell, both in real-time and in building tools (cmdlets) for other admins.

You don’t want to miss this!

Knowledge is PowerShell,


PowerShell Summit: Best Conference Deal Ever!

What’s the average tech conference cost these days? $1500? $2000? And that’s just to get in, to say nothing of hotel, air, food, and whatnot.

The PowerShell Summit North America 2013 has an idea. Lets do a community-owned event, with a goal of breaking even and supporting an annual event, but not worry about a profit.

Lets say you live in the US. A ticket to Seattle in April will run you $500-700 after taxes. Maybe less if you can get on a discount carrier like Southwest – they fly to SEA. Hotel will run you under $450 for three nights. Say you decide to splurge on a car for four days, probably for under $200 (including all the ridiculous taxes on rental cars). Toss in another $250 for food? That takes you to under $1600. PowerShell Summit only costs $550 – less if you register during one of the Early Bird tiers; as low us $450, in fact. That’s $2100-2200 total, or just a bit over what some conferences charge for their registration fee alone!

What about quality? Well, you’ll get the same food Microsoft employees get. So that can’t be all bad. You’ll attend sessions delivered by Microsoft product team members, along with independent experts. You’ll interact directly with PowerShell team managers, too, in a small-event format that lets you provide product feedback directly to them. Heck, with under 100 fellow attendees, you’ll get plenty of face time with everyone.

It’s going to be a great event, and it will definitely be affordable. It’s being run by members of the community, not a conference company. This will hopefully become OUR event, an annual gathering of PowerShell enthusiasts, experts, and team members. A chance to network, to learn, to share, and to grow.

I hope you’ll be able to join us!

PowerShell Summit “I’m Feeling Lucky” Tickets on Sale – $400 each!

That’s right, for just $400 you can guarantee yourself a seat at the PowerShell Summit North America 2013, to be held at Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, WA. Just 10 tickets will be made available at this low-low-low price, which is $150 off the normal registration rate.

Why so low? Why are they called “I’m Feeling Lucky” tickets? Because while we’re committed to an April 2013 date, we haven’t actually locked in dates with Microsoft, yet. So to purchase these, you’ve got to be feeling flexible… or lucky!

But it’s not a marriage. The tickets are completely refundable, up to 30 days prior to the event. So if we manage to lock in the three dates you can’t attend, we’ll give you your money back. You can also transfer the ticket to someone else, at any time (although they’ll be paying you directly for the ticket, and we won’t get involved in that transaction).

Once these sell out, or we lock in our dates, we’ll commence the Early Bird period, with a rate of $475 and just 30 tickets available. That rate will be good through the end of December, unless we sell out. Full rate of $550 kicks in after that, when we’ll sell the remaining tickets to fill our roughly 100-person venue.

Thinking about presenting? Start submitting topics in the Forums! You can get all the other juicy details on the Summit’s dedicated site, and catch the Summit’s Twitter feed for ongoing announcements.