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Twin Cities PowerShell: PowerShell, APIs, and Twitter [Meetup Recap]


Fellow Scripters,

Here is a list of links related to the presentation given by Derek Ardolf:

Derek will be uploading an early version of a ConvertFrom-CurlCommand PowerShell script/function to his GitHub repo sometime soon. Links related to the speaker:

Here is a list of a few other resource links mentioned in the meeting:

We will be sending out a SurveyMonkey this weekend to our members on Meetup.com. Checkout our Meetup.com page if you are in the Twin Cities, and want to take part. Thank you to all that attended, and we hope to see you next month!

Twin Cities PowerShell User Group

Minneapolis, MN
70 Scripters

This group is for anyone interested in PowerShell script programming. We welcome people at any level of proficiency, from beginners curious to learn what it’s about to profess…

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Philadelphia Meeting – December 4th 2014


Join us Thursday, December 4th where Steven Murawski will be presenting a talk on Intermediate DSC – Building DSC Resources.

While there are a lot of DSC Resources out in the wild now, you’ll likely still have a need to create a custom resource.  We’ll dive into how we can use our existing PowerShell skills to develop DSC resources.  After that, we’ll touch on some more advanced patterns for ensuring proper operation of our DSC Resources – including testing DSC resources with Pester.

More about Steven:
Steven is a Community Manager for Chef (the automation platform for the new IT) and a Microsoft MVP in PowerShell.  Steven is a co-host of the Ops All The Things podcast.

Steven also helps run two local user groups, the Greater Milwaukee IT Pro User Community and the Greater Milwaukee Script Club. He speaks regularly to local user groups and can be found at various conferences.

You can follow Steven on Twitter or subscribe to his blog.

Please register if you plan to attend in person or online. The meeting URL to join us remotely will be included in your Eventbrite registration confirmation.

Philadelphia Meeting – November 6th 2014


Join us Thursday, November 6th when Lido Paglia will be presenting on Getting Started Using Pester. Following the presentation we’ll have time for script club style activities so bring your scripts and any challenges your facing with PowerShell to have them answered.

Please register if you plan to attend in person or online. The meeting URL to join us remotely will be included in your Eventbrite registration confirmation.

We are also giving Meetup a try for the next 6th months so feel free to register there as well.

PhillyPoSH 10/02/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


  • John Mello gave a presentation entitled “Custom Object Creation”. A copy of his demo scripts and presentation are available here at our GitHub site.
  • TJ Turner gave a presentation entitled “Runspace Pools”. A copy of his demo scripts and presentation are available here at our GitHub site.
  • A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel

Philadelphia Meeting – October 2nd 2014


Join us Thursday, October 2nd where John Mello will be presenting a talk on The different custom object creation methods and their performance tradeoffs. Followed by TJ Turner will give a talk entitled Intro to basic run space pools 

Please register if you plan to attend in person or online. The meeting URL to join us remotely will be included in your Eventbrite registration confirmation.

Eventbrite - PhillyPoSH October 2th 2014

We are also giving Meetup a try for the next 6th month so feel free to register there as well.

 

September Omaha PowerShell User Group Registration is Live!


This month PowerShell MVP Trevor Sullivan will be presenting on using Windows Azure with PowerShell. Additionally you will want to bring your laptops (or favorite device to use PowerShell on) as we will have a little scripting challenge involving PowerShell, Credentials and Security. Also, my girlfriend has promised to make cookies for everyone!

Trevor Sullivan is an IT professional and a Microsoft Windows PowerShell MVP who has been in the field since early 2004. His focus has been on using various enterprise tools within the Microsoft platform to provide business value through positive end user impact.

You can register here

PhillyPoSH 09/04/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


  • Jan Egil Ring gave a presentation entitled “Get Started with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration”. During his talked Jan went over a series of demos explaining how to use the configuration keyword to define configurations for different resources along with the different configuration modes. A copy of his demo scripts and presentation are available here.
  • A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel

Philadelphia Meeting – September 4th 2014


Join us Thursday, September 4th where Jan Egil RIng will be presenting a talk on Get Started with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration

Jan will explain how to use Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), which was introduced in Windows PowerShell 4.0, to configure your environment. The purpose of DSC is to provide Deployment, Configuration and Compliance capabilities for Windows resources such as a files, services, roles and features, users, groups and anything that can be managed from PowerShell by using custom resources such as a script. During his talk you will

  • Learn how to use the configuration keyword to define configurations for different resources.
  • Learn the two different configuration modes – Pull and Push – and how to configure them.
  • See several demos on how DSC can be leveraged in the real world

More about Jan:
Jan Egil Ring works as a Lead Architect on the Infrastructure Team at Crayon, Norway. He mainly works with Microsoft server-products, and has a strong passion for Windows PowerShell. In addition to being a consultant, he is a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has obtained several certifications such as MCSE: Server Infrastructure and MCSE: Private Cloud. He has a strong passion for Windows PowerShell, and regularly writes articles for PowerShell Magazine, the Crayon Services blog and the Norwegian TechNet blog. He is also a multiple-year recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for his contributions in the Windows PowerShell technical community.

You can follow Jan on TwitterLinkedIn, or subscribe to his blog.

Please register if you plan to attend in person or online. The meeting URL to join us remotely will be included in your Eventbrite registration confirmation.

Eventbrite - PhillyPoSH September 4th 2014

Registration for August Omaha PowerShell User Group Meeting is Live!


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/omaha-powershell-users-group-august-meeting-tickets-12703856577

In the second ever meeting of the Omaha PowerShell User Group we will have PowerShell MVP Bartek Bielawski talking about OMI: PowerShell Everywhere:

  • CIM cmdlets and CDXML commands are advertised as technology that will enable PowerShell users to manage anything in datacenter. It wouldn’t be possible though without something that we can talk to on the remote end, and that’s were OMI kicks in. In this presentation I will show you how you can manage processes on Linux using OMI and CIM, and how easy it is to create CDXML based commands on top of it.

This meeting (and all future meetings) are for anyone who uses or is interested in PowerShell.

This meeting is not limited to people who reside in Omaha.  If you are in the area and want to come, you are more than welcome!

Omaha PowerShell User Group Meeting – 8/26


The next (and second ever) meeting of the Omaha PowerShell Users Group is taking place next Tuesday, August 26th.  MVP Bartek Bielawski will be talking about OMI on Windows and Linux.

I am having some issues with Lync in our Office 365 account so as soon as that gets straightened out I will be creating the invite for you to sign up, so watch for that!

PhillyPoSH 08/07/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


Omaha PowerShell User Group Meeting Notes/Video


The first Omaha PowerShell User Group Meeting is in the books!  We had a great turnout with 26 people showing up last night.

The video Don Jones made for us is available on YouTube here.

Our next meeting will take place on August 26th with PowerShell MVP Bartek Bielawski doing the presentation on either Pre-Param Scriptology or PowerShell and OMI.  We will also have a short Scripting Game/Contest of some kind.  Stay tuned for the event sign up which should be going out soon.

If you would like to speak about PowerShell here is a list of some topics people have expressed interest in learning more about:

PowerShell Security/InfoSec
Desired State Configuration
OMI Interface w/PowerShell
Workflows/SMA
PowerCLI/VMWare
.NET Methods/Classes/Underneath/Exploration
OneGet/Chocolaty/Nuget
TFS/PowerShell Integration
PowerShell Formatting/Export Options
PowerShell Basics/PowerShell 101/Why PowerShell

Finally, if you have any ideas for things we could do for the Scripting Games/Contest please send them to [email protected]

Philadelphia Meeting – August 7th 2014


Join us Thursday, August 7th where Matt Wrock will be presenting a talk on Automation Testing.

Matt will start with some demos of Boxstarter illustrating how it can be used to build a self standing Windows environment with a focus on how to test the package installs on a virtual machine. Then we will explore some other tools and techniques suited for “machine convergence” testing. Many of these tools, like Vagrant and the Chef-based Test-Kitchen, have their roots outside of Windows but can most certainly provide assistance to PowerShell automation.

More about Matt:
Matt Wrock has over fifteen years of experience architecting scalable, distributed, high traffic web applications as well as configuration management and deployment automation. Matt currently lives in Woodinville, WA with his wife, two daughters, three dogs, two cats and ridable lawn mower. Until just recently Matt worked for Microsoft as a Sr. Software Engineer and now works for CenturyLink Cloud focusing on data center automation. Matt is project founder of Boxstarter and a committer to Chocolatey and Pester.

You can follow Matt on Twitter or subscribe to Matt’s blog.

Please register if you plan to attend in person or online. The meeting URL to join us remotely will be included in your Eventbrite registration confirmation.