Category Archives: Videos

Patterns for Implementing a DSC Pull Server Environment

My Patterns for Implementing a DSC Pull Server Environment talk from the PowerShell Summit is now online.


Building Scalable Configurations With DSC

My Building Scalable Configurations with DSC talk from the PowerShell Summit is now online.


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,


Free PowerShell Workshop Video from TechMentor and Me

At the last TechMentor (in Orlando), I did a Windows PowerShell pre-conference workshop. The conference was kind enough to let me record it – I basically just used Camtasia, so this isn’t a professional video by any stretch, but it gives you an idea of what a TechMentor conference is like. Obviously, my focus was on the folks in the room, but you can see all of the demos and hear me pretty clearly. You can view the video for free, although note that registration is required.

PowerShell Summit Videos

Aaron Hoover, one of our Summit attendees, was kind enough to record via webcam the sessions he attended – and he’s posted about 13 hours of video on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

What I’d like to know from you, if you don’t mind dropping a comment below, is what you think of these. If we offered this KIND of recording in the future, would it be helpful? This is something we can do easily and is affordable from a technical perspective; there’s obviously a production quality compromise. We can do more… but it costs more, and someone’s going to have to pay for it. So… where do you sit on this kind of recording?

  • Device Management With PowerShell – Ricardo Mendes – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • Creating a Complex and Reusable HTML Reporting Structure – Alan Renouf – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • How Secure Can You Be – Jeff Hicks PowerShell Summit 2013
  • Standards Based Hardware Management – Steve Lee – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • Workshop – Automating for DevOps – Kenneth Hansen and Hemant Mahawar – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • CIM Sessions – Richard Siddaway – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • PowerShell Web Access – Richard Siddaway – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • Sapien PowerShell Products – David Corrales – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • What I learned Judging 5000 Scripts – Ed Wilson – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • PowerShell Events – Richard Siddaway – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • Write Modules, Not Scripts – Ed Wilson – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • PoshMon – PowerShell Does Performance Counters – Ed Wilson – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • Configuring Your PowerShell Workflow Environment – Aleksandar Nikolic – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • Practical PowerShell Integration from Bare Metal to the Cloud – Alan Renouf – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • Source Control for IT Pros – Andy Schneider – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • Creating HTML Reports with Style – Jeff Hicks – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • Remoting Configuration Deep Dive – Don Jones – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • Advanced Network Scripting with PowerShell – Lee Holmes – PowerShell Summit 2013
  • Build Your Demo Environment with Windows PowerShell – Aleksandar Nikolic – PowerShell Summit 2013

The 2013 Scripting Games–Release the Hero Within !

It’s time to release the Inner Hero within!  Compete online and show your skills!

The 2013 Scripting Games are here! Novice Users, Experts, Hobbyists!  ALL ARE WELCOME!



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