Want to Blog at PowerShell.org?

PowerShell.org was never meant to be a small group of people doing good – it was meant to be a place where all of us can do good for each other. And that’s why everyone is invited to blog here.  Yup, even you. If you’d like blogging permissions added to your account, just e-mail webmaster@ with your site username, and we’ll make it so. Now, I do realize that a lot of folks would much rather blog in their own space, and that’s totally, 100% cool. But, if you’d like to blog here, we only have a few rules. Your Content is […]


I need YOUR PowerShell Stories

We all love PowerShell and we all probably have some very entertaining stories about a situation where it really saved our butts (or caused problems). Either way, we can all tell some kind of interesting story around a memorable moment you had with PowerShell or automation in general.  I’d love to hear about them. I’m looking for a short story anywhere from a few paragraphs to an entire article if you want.  The more detail the better. What kind of situation were you in? Were you under a deadline and PowerShell saved the day?  Did automation backfire in your face […]


Community Build Server

We’ve recently been discussing the possibility of hosting a build environment for the PowerShell community.  For those who are unfamiliar with the benefits, such an environment allows you to do things like: Automatically run a suite of tests when new code is checked into source control.  These tests can be run on multiple operating systems or versions of PowerShell concurrently. Publish pass/fail information back to your source control repository for each tested commit. Automatically release code which passes your tests to repositories such as Chocolatey or PowerShellGet, etc. However, such an environment would require some amount of cloud resources, and those […]


Announcing our 2015 PowerShell Heroes

The nominations are in, and the votes are tallied! PowerShell Heroes is our way of recognizing the people who are making significant contributions to the PowerShell community, but who haven’t received any other formal recognition (such as Microsoft’s MVP Award). In many cases, these are the rising stars we hope to see receive an MVP someday, but in all cases they’re out there, working hard to make a difference. They were nominated by their peers, and selected by the 2014 PowerShell Hero honorees. We’ve got nine PowerShell Heroes this year, so without further ado: $heroes | Get-Random -Count $heroes.Count Stéphane […]


Our NaNoWriMo Challenge: Write a PowerShell Article

In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I wanted to offer a smaller, and more unique, challenge. Send me a PowerShell article. Seriously. My name is Don Jones, and this is PowerShell.org, so you can probably figure out how to contact me. Send me an article between 800 and 3,000 words (including code) in Microsoft Word format. Don’t attach any scripts. Please keep the formatting super-simple: paste code from the PowerShell ISE, and use Word’s default styles otherwise. If you must include screen shots, please embed them in the doc, but also include them as a a separate PNG in your […]


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 […]


Up Next: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson talking PSSAT007 and his new book

Join us Thursday Jan 23, 2014 as our guest will be the Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, as he talks about PowerShell Saturday 007 in Charlotte (Feb 8, 2014); his new book Windows PowerShell Best Practices and who knows what else. We record live at 9:30PM EST hope to see you then. Related posts: Up Next: Winners from the 2013 Scripting Games 2013 Scripting Games: Advanced Event 1 Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast: Rick Claus and Symon Perriman talk about Build a Windows Server and System Center Environment with the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit Up Next: Steve Roberts from Amazon talking […]


Up Next: Steve Roberts from Amazon talking about the AWS Tools

Join us this Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM EST as we talk with Steve Roberts from Amazon about the AWS Tools. Read more about it here: http://aws.amazon.com/powershell/   Related posts: PowerShell Summit “I’m Feeling Lucky” Tickets on Sale – $400 each! Verify Your PowerShell Skills Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast: Rick Claus and Symon Perriman talk about Build a Windows Server and System Center Environment with the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit DSC: Must-Have or Just Nice-To-Have?


Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast: Rick Claus and Symon Perriman talk about Build a Windows Server and System Center Environment with the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit

Join us tonight at 9:30 PM as Rick Claus and Symon Perriman talk about how to Build a Windows Server and System Center Environment with the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit.   Related posts: Episode 254 – PowerScripting Podcast – Symon Perriman and Rick Claus from Microsoft on the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit Up Next: Steve Roberts from Amazon talking about the AWS Tools Up Next: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson talking PSSAT007 and his new book


Need Desired State Configuration Modules?

You’ve probably been hearing about Desired State Configuration from a number of sources (Runas Radio, the PowerScripting Podcast, or the Channel 9 TechEd video for example).  If you haven’t go check out those previously mentioned resources, I’ll wait… Ok, now that you have a basic understanding of what Desired State Configuration (DSC) is, I have an announcement. PowerShell.Org is building a repository of DSC modules for the community to use and contribute to. As I’ve started working with Desired State Configuration, I began building up a repository of modules I would use in configuring my systems.  I started to round them […]


Would you contribute enterprise software reviews? [OFFTOPIC]

I’ve been working with a couple of folks lately who’ve been trying to review and pilot Active Directory auditing solutions. Both bemoaned the fact that, unlike consumer products of nearly any kind, IT products (specifically, enterprise software in this instance), don’t really get reviews from the admins who use those products. So, I’m curious. If you could (a) anonymously, and (b) without giving your organization’s name, would you (c) leave reviews of enterprise software for other admins? You’d need to leave some obvious details, like the approximate size of your organization (number of users), what you expected the software to […]


“Super Secret” Snover Session at TechEd

So what’s with the “super secret” PowerShell session being given by Jeffrey Snover at TechEd 2013? First, if you’ll be in New Orleans, plan to attend this. The deal is pretty simple: Microsoft has got a lot of information pertaining to v.Next under embargo, which means people can’t talk about it yet, or even tell you the title of the session. But trust me, if you’re interested in the world of DevOps (and if you use PowerShell, you are), you’ll want to be at this session. PowerShell MVPs were given a sneak peek at what Snover will be discussing, and […]


The new PowerShell Class is Coming to a CPLS Near You!

Looking for a great getting-started PowerShell class? Or perhaps you’d like to send a colleague or peer to some PowerShell “zero to hero” training? We’ve just finished the official beta-teach of Microsoft’s 10961, Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell, and it went great. The sequencing of the class was spot-on, and we had an absolutely incredible group of students. Many were n00bs, which was perfect; a couple had “some” shell experience but wanted to learn “the right way.” And they did. Through a series of 12 modules, you’re led through the basics all the way up to writing your own script. The grand […]


Verify Your PowerShell Skills

A long time ago… about a year, in fact… Jason Helmick and I started talking about a community-owned PowerShell “certification.” It went nowhere. Well, not very far. Some background on exams: Microsoft, in my opinion, will never do a PowerShell cert. I say this having been part owner of a company that did outsourced exam development for the company. The deal is that Microsoft tries to certify job tasks, not tools. Nobody (well, maybe me) wakes up thinking, “gonna do me some PowerShell today.” No, PowerShell is the means to an end: “gonna automate me some user creation today” is more likely. And Microsoft tries […]


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 […]