Category Archives: Philadelphia

Philadelphia Meeting – July 3rd 2014


Join us Thursday, July 3rd when Dr. Ferdinand G. Rios of Sapien Technologies will be joining us in person to present “Building PowerShell GUI Tool Solutions”.

Ferdinand Rios will discuss the differences between scripts and tools and how to easily create GUI based tools using PowerShell Studio 2014. We’re really excited to have Ferdinand with us and to learn all the cool possibilities PowerShell Studio brings to the table. In case you missed it you can also catch Ferdinand and David Corrales from Sapien on a recent episode of the PowerScripting podcast. We hope to see you there!

More about Ferdinand:
Dr. Ferdinand G. Rios is a 25+ year veteran of the software industry. His experience in the field runs the gamut from tech support specialist to developer; from data entry clerk to CEO. Besides his responsibilities as CEO, Dr. Rios enjoys being the lead programmer on SAPIEN’s mobile technology application, iPowerShell Pro.

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PhillyPoSH 06/05/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


 

Philadelphia Meeting – June 5th 2014


Join us Thursday, June 5th when Jeff Hicks will present on “Getting Started with Desired State Configuration (DSC)”.

Getting Started with Desired State Configuration (DSC)
DSC is the big game changer for IT Pros. With DSC you no longer have to write PowerShell scripts to manage and configure your servers. Now you use PowerShell to build and manage server configurations. Want your server configured a specific way? Build a configuration and the server configures itself! In this presentation we will look at the principals of DSC and explore what it takes to get started using DSC in your environment.

More about Jeff:
Jeffery Hicks is a multi-year Microsoft MVP in Windows PowerShell, Microsoft Certified Professional and an IT veteran with almost 25 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT infrastructure consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis in automation and efficiency. He works today as an independent author, trainer and consultant. Jeff writes the popular Prof. PowerShell column for MPCMag.com, is a regular contributor to a variety on online sites, as well as frequent speaker at technology conferences and user groups.

Jeff’s latest books are Learn PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches, Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches and PowerShell in Depth: An Administrators Guide.

You can keep up with Jeff at his blog http://jdhitsolutions.com/blog , on Twitter at twitter.com/jeffhicks and on Google Plus at http:/gplus.to/JeffHicks.

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PhillyPoSH 05/01/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


  • Boe Prox gave a presentation entitled “Managing WSUS with Windows PowerShell”. During his talked Boe went over the various ways you can orchestrate WSUS using PowerShell. A copy of his presentation materials are available here.
  • We then had a group discussion around:
      • Lido Paglia and John Mello discussed their experiences and what they learned at the 2014 PowerShell Summit,,
      • The differences between how Active Directory Users and Computers displays groups when compared to Get-Aduser in regards to primary group membership. In PowerShell the primary group is only returned in the PrimaryGroup property and all other groups are returned in the MemberOf property, while ADUC will show every group the user is a member of.
  • A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel

Philadelphia Meeting – May 1st 2014


Join us Thursday, May 1st when Boe Prox will present on “Managing WSUS with Windows PowerShell”.

Managing WSUS with Windows PowerShell
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is an extremely useful enterprise patching solution from Microsoft that allows you to keep your systems up to date with various types of patches. Boe is going to show us how to hook into the API and generate your own reports, view the configuration of the server and the application and synchronization events as well as automate your approvals using PowerShell.

More about Boe:
Boe Prox is a Senior Windows System Administrator and has been using PowerShell since 2008. He is also a recipient of the Microsoft MVP award in Windows PowerShell. He is also a recipient of the Microsoft Community Contributor Award for 2011 and 2012 and is an Honorary Scripting Guy. He is a moderator on the Hey Scripting Guy forum and is active and in the Windows PowerShell forum as well. He was also a judge for the 2012 & 2013 Scripting Games as well as a coach for the 2013 Winter Scripting Games. His current projects are PoshPAIG, PoshWSUS, PoshEventUI and PoshChat, all available at Codeplex.

Boe has published a several articles for Microsoft’s Hey Scripting Guy! blog and the PowerShell Magazine as well as having 2 chapters on TCP Communication and WSUS in the PowerShell Deep Dives book.

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PhillyPoSH 04/04/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


  • Ashley McGlone gave a presentation entitled “Demystifying The PowerShell Scripting Process”. During his talked Ashley broke down the script creation process by starting with a task and working through the cmdlet discovery process to build a repeatable task into a script. A copy of his presentation materials are available on his blog
  • We then had a group discussion around:
    • DSC and how various group members are using/testing it
    • WMF 5.0′s OneGet
    • ConEmu a windows console emulator
  • A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel

Philadelphia Meeting – April 3rd 2014


Join us Thursday, April 3rd for a Presentation by Ashley McGlone on “Demystifying The PowerShell Scripting Process”. This will be a great overview for beginners and intermediate users alike that will cover beginning with PowerShell cmdlets, progressing into scripting, moving into function and module authoring, and finishing with you becoming the PowerShell Hero of your team!

Demystifying The PowerShell Scripting Process
Tired of copying and pasting scripts from the internet?  Want to write youwn scripts?  Become the go-to scripter on your team.  This presentation will break down the scripting process into logical steps you can follow.  Learn how to wrap cmdlets into scripts into functions into modules that you can reuse and share with your team.

More about Ashley:
Ashley McGlone is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE). He started writing code on a Commodore VIC20 back in 1982, and he’s been hooked ever since. As a former Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) Ashley used to teach MCSE classes on Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000. Ashley spent eight years of his IT career administering a large enterprise where he scripted for Active Directory and thousands of workstations. Today he specializes in Active Directory and PowerShell, helping Microsoft Premier customers reach their full potential through risk assessments and workshops. Ashley’s TechNet blog focuses on real-world solutions for Active Directory using Windows PowerShell.

You can follow Ashley McGlone (GoateePFE) on Twitter and check out his blog on TechNet. Ashley will also be speaking at the PowerShell Summit at the end of April in the Seattle area where attendees can meet PowerShell MVPs and members of the PowerShell team! It’s not too late to register for an incredible community driven event!

You can also find the GoateePFE speaking at TechMentor 2014 this August in Redmond, WA. where you can see a number of presentations on a variety of technologies to help you get more done at work. Ashley also has a chapter in the PowerShell Deep Dives book regarding AD SID History.

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PhillyPoSH 03/06/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


Philadelphia Meeting – March 6th 2014


Join us Thursday, March 6th for a Presentation by Bartek Bielawski on PowerShell and OMI.

OMI: PowerShell Everywhere
CIM cmdlets and CDXML commands are advertised as technology that enables PowerShell users to manage anything in your datacenter. Managing non-Windows systems wouldn’t be possible without something that PowerShell can talk to on the remote endpoint, and that’s were OMI comes in. In this presentation Bartek will show you how you can manage processes on Linux using OMI and CIM, and how easy it is to build your own commands on top of these technologies.

More about Bartek:
Bartosz (Bartek) Bielawski is a busy IT Administrator with an international company, Optiver. He loves PowerShell and automation and that love earned him the honor of Microsoft MVP. He shares his knowledge mainly on his blogs: in English (http://becomelotr.wordpress.com) and Polish (http://powershellpl.net) and through articles published in the Polish IT Professional magazine. He is also a co-author of the PowerShell Deep Dives book.

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PhillyPoSH 02/06/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


Art Beane gave a presentation using PowerShell to automate applications using COM . A copy of his presentation materials are available on our GitHub Repository. Due to recording issues, we do not We do have a recording of this meeting on our YouTube channel.

Philadelphia Meeting – February 6th 2014


Please join us Thursday, Feb 6th for a presentation by Art Beane on using PowerShell to automate applications using COM. Usually at the start of a project, the first task is to document the IT Infrastructure and generate reports in Excel and Visio, which, as with all Microsoft Office products, can only be externally automated through COM objects. Over the years, Art has developed a number of tips, tricks, and snippets to make COM object processing easier that he is happy to share with us.

More about Art:

Art Beane has been working in IT for more than 30 years, starting at Digital Equipment Corp where he was assigned to help develop solutions to complex and large scale problems. Some of them included the first deployment of Ethernet in a production environment, a design for a launch control system for the Space Shuttle, deployment of an expert system to automate tasks for an Australian ministry, and the resolution of a network connection problem for Space Mountain at Disney World. After Digital, Art worked at Banyan Systems as the global consulting project manager where he worked mostly on email projects like message automation at Singapore Telecom and the merger of Korean companies Lucky and Goldstar into LG. Since Banyan’s demise, Art has been a contractor working mostly on data center designs and automation. Most recently that work has concentrated on PowerShell scripting in WMI/CIM, AD, VMware, and NetAPP. Art is active in the PowerGUI and SpiceWorks PowerShell communities.

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PhillyPoSH 01/09/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


  1. Lido Paglia gave a presentation entitled “A PowerShell beginner’s guide to using GitHub”. During his talk Lido went over the history of GitHub and how you can use it to manage your scripts and to collaboratively code (e.g. The Winter Scripting games!). A copy of his presentation materials are available on our GitHub Repository.
  2. Lido Paglia and John Mello both went over their approach to the homework problem they presented during the 11/07/2013 meeting. You can find a copy of Lido’s and John’s script in our GitHub Repository.
  3. A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel; please note that there are some audio issues near the end of the recording.

Philadelphia Meeting – January 9th 2014


Join us Thursday, Jan 9th for a Getting Ready for the 2014 Winter Scripting Games meeting including a presentation by Lido Paglia on a PowerShell Beginner’s Guide to using GitHub. We’ll be covering how to participate and get the most out of the Winter Scripting Games. So come out and team up with fellow PhillyPoSH members for some Winter PowerShell Scripting fun!

Also, PhillyPoSH members interested in participating in the Winter Scripting Games should get in touch via email info at phillyposh.org or twitter @phillyposh NOW to get started on setting up teams. The Winter Scripting Games is a team event and we’ll be assisting members in participating by forming teams and providing general guidance.

Winter Scripting Games Details

Teams can consist of between 2 to 6 Scripters and official registration opens on Jan 2nd.

There will be a total of 4 official events for the Winter Scripting Games:

January 19th, January 26th, February 2nd, & February 9th

Check out the schedule for all the details. In addition, be sure to follow the #pshgames hashtag on twitter. There is also a list of Coaches who are blogging and tweeting helpful info and tips including this excellent preparation guide. Lastly, before you head over to the scripting games website be sure to read this Important Scripting Games Login and Operational Information post.

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PhillyPoSH 12/05/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials


  1.  Sunny Chakraborty gave an in-depth presentation on WMI Eventing using PowerShell. A copy of his presentation and scripts can be found here, and a recording of his presentation can be found on our YouTube channel. If you want to learn even more about WMI, Sunny recommends checking out Alain Lissoir’s webpage and downloading he WSH and VBS scripts hosted on his site for the two books he was written: “How to exploit the power of Microsoft’s WMI to create mission-critical computing infrastructures” and “Leveraging Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Scripting
  2. Announcements:
      1. January’s meeting will be on the 2nd Thursday (01/09/2014) of January as opposed to the       1st
      2. Since we didn’t get to last months homework assignment we are pushing it to January’s meeting. Here it is again and hopefully this will be a fun task that we can discuss during our next meeting:

    Title: On This Day in Pictures

    Description: You have folder of photos on your computer that you take with your Smartphone or digital camera. From time to time you want to be reminded of the cool and interesting things you snapped photos of years before on this day. Being a PowerShell scripter you imagine that PowerShell would be a quick and easy tool for exploring your photo’s meta-data to re-discover some fun memories you had by emailing yourself some pictures you took on this same day last year or any year before. You decide to format the email as HTML including the pictures and some data about them. Finally, using the task scheduler to set your script to run every morning so you can take a trip down memory lane with your photos on this day in history. As a PowerShell scripter you roll up your sleeves and get to work.

    Requirements:

    1. Your script should look into a directory that may contain sub folders for image files (you may want to support .jpg, .jpeg, .png, etc.).
    2. The script should then determine the date a photo was taken. Examining the EXIF meta-data might be handy.
    3. Get the date the script runs and find all the photos taken on the same day other than the current year.
    4.  Finally send an email containing the photos taken on this day in history*