Tag Archives: Jeffery Hicks

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.

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.

Introducing the Judges for Winter 2014 Scripting Games


In the last few years there has been a long list of people judging the Scripting Games. Those people were expected to view as many entries as possible, preferably all, and score the entries as well as providing feedback on the individual entries. That is a ton of work especially when you consider that the judges were all volunteers.

This time round we’re attempting to spread the load somewhat. Mike Robbins has done a superb job recruiting coaches for the Its their job to look at the entries and make suggestions and hints to the teams – if the teams wish to take advantage of this option. Looking at the list of coaches – I know I would take advantage of their assistance if I was competing.

That leaves judging. This time we’re using a small group of judges. We have prepared scoring criteria for the events with some additional style points available to the judges. This will make MOST of the scoring objective but we’ve a bit of subjectivity available for individual judges to pick out, and hopefully comment on, things they like or don’t like.

The judges are all very experienced PowerShell practitioners with more books written, talks given, blog posts created and classes taught between them than anyone would want to count. In alphabetical order your judges for the Winter 2014 Scripting Games are:

Don Jones – founder and CEO of powershell.org. Author of several PowerShell books including the highly recommended Learn PowerShell v3 in a Month of Lunches and co-author of PowerShell in Depth. Don is a PowerShell MVP, PowerShell educator, columnist and course creator.

Jason Helmick – Board member of powershell.org. A PowerShell MVP and author of Learn IIS in a Month of Lunches which includes lots of PowerShell. Jason also delivered the recent two-part Introducing PowerShell MVA sessions with Jeffrey Snover. PowerShell educator, columnist and speaker.

Jeffery Hicks – Board member of powershell.org. PowerShell MVP. Co-author of PowerShell in Depth, lead editor of PowerShell Deep Dives and author of other PowerShell books. Jeffrey is also a PowerShell columnist and educator

Ed Wilson – The Scripting Guy. Ed runs the Hey! Scripting Guy Author of several PowerShell books including Windows PowerShell Best Practices and Windows PowerShell Scripting Guide. Ed also delivers PowerShell classes and is a much in demand speaker.

The list of judges is completed by
Richard Siddaway – Board member of powershell.org. PowerShell MVP. Co-author of PowerShell in Depth and author of PowerShell in Practice and PowerShell and WMI. Frequent blogger on PowerShell related topics.

Between them the judges have accumulated over 30 years of PowerShell experience that is focussed on judging the Games. They are all looking forward to the Games and hope to see your entries.

Philadelphia Meeting – Feb 7th, 2013 – 6-8pm


Join us on Thursday, February 7th for a night of scripting with Jeff Hicks! Our topic will be “Getting Started with PowerShell Advanced Functions”

There’s no doubt that PowerShell’s scripting language is an attractive feature. And it doesn’t take a lot of effort to get started. Eventually though IT Pros want to create flexible, re-usable tools. The good news is that you don’t need to be a .NET developer to do so. PowerShell’s scripting language is broad enough to allow IT Pros to create cmdlet-like tools all from a script.  PowerShell MVP and co-author of Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches, Jeffery Hicks will explain how to get started creating PowerShell advanced functions. We’ll look at adding cmdlet binding, parameter validation, pipeline processing as well as a few best practices.

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Note: PowerShell Book Limited Edition Preorders ONLY AVAILABLE as Preorders!


Jeffery Hicks, Richard Siddaway, and I wanted to offer a quick clarification on our book preorders. First, the PowerShell In Depth preorder is currently available, and there are up to 200 units offered through this preorder. You get a signed-by-all-three-of-us book and an exclusive video companion disc. The Month of Lunches bundle preorder will go on sale August 1st, and will be limited to 100 units. It gets you two autographed books, resources disc, and a fun lunch bag.

These offers will only be valid until the books are actually released. At that time, we'll fulfill all of the preorders and stop further sales. If we only sell 50 units, for example, then that's all that will be sold for that particular title or titles – we won't be offering this on an ongoing basis.

So, if you're thinking you want one of these signed, hand-numbered, limited editions… get on the stick and place your order ASAP. We're working very hard to wrap up production on these books and get them published, especially now that we know Windows 8 / 2012 will RTM in August, so the preorders won't last long. 

[JULY 25 UPDATE] "PowerShell In Depth" Limited Edition Pre-Orders… as they stand…


As most of you know, co-authors Jeffery Hicks, Richard Siddaway, and myself are offering a limited edition pre-order of our new PowerShell in Depth book. You can order from my company's online store; you're pre-ordering a book autographed by the three of us and bundled with a disc chock full of demo videos timed by us. This isn't the same as the publisher's MEAP preview – you won't get the book ahead of time. The disc is exclusive to this 200-unit edition, and each book is part of a 400-unit edition and is hand-numbered.

I'll be updating this post every couple of weeks as orders are received, but here's the rundown so far. Names are listed as shown on your PayPal invoice.

(apologies for any typos in names – I'm retyping these manually from the order list)

 

  1. Annette Ciotola (congratulations – you got #1!)
  2. James Berkenbile
  3. Niels Grove-Rasmussen
  4. Lester Bolton
  5. Lester Bolton
  6. Dennis Olidis
  7. Bruce Langworthy
  8. Luc Dekens
  9. Reinhard Teischl
  10. Kyle Beckman
  11. Brian Pini
  12. HPM Smits
  13. Marlene Poltronieri
  14. Mark Hourshad
  15. David Grams
  16. Brian Foley
  17. David Dov3
  18. Gregory Holl
  19. Steve Gold
  20. Robert Simmers
  21. Charles Palmer
  22. Firoze Bhorat
  23. Bill Bailey
  24. Magnus Andersen
  25. Dennis Yeadon
  26. Imtiazali Hasham
  27. Simon Anderson
  28. Cheryl Fant
  29. Vivek Shinde
  30. Tom Collins
  31. Strategic Technology Consulting
  32. Y M Wong
  33. Joakim Westin
  34. Frederick Alexander
  35. Tong Young
  36. Alan Florance
  37. Jan Engil Ring
  38. Doug Rohm
  39. Adam Uffalussy
  40. Rick Rodriquez
  41. Thomas Mayeda
  42. Ryan Weaver
  43. Chris Carmichael
  44. Allan Miller
  45. Peter Cook
So just about 105 units left. If you don't see your name in the above, then we didn't receive your order via PayPal – and won't have any information for you beyond that. Try placing your order again, and I suggest creating an account with PayPal (which isn't normally mandatory) so that you can track your order.
We don't have a shipping date on these books yet, but once we do we'll start notifying everyone. You'll receive tracking information in the mail from the USPS once we ship – review your spam folders around that time, if necessary.

 

Up Next Jeffery Hicks joins us to talk about PowerShell Fundamentals


This week our guest will be Windows PowerShell MVP Jeffery Hicks to talk about his latest training DVD from Train Signal, Windows PowerShell Fundamentals. Jeff will give us some great tips and techniques for PowerShell beginners, and we’ll get his take on PowerShell v3 as well.

– Update @ 9:08AM –

We forgot that Jeff has an EVEN NEWER and BETTER course out that builds on the previous one. It’s all about managing Windows Server with PowerShell and we’ll be covering it as well. But you know how our interviews go? They go how you want them to go! If you show up to the live stream and ask us questions about PowerShell fundamentals–that’s what we’ll talk about. You want to know more about using remoting in an enterprise environment? Come on by and let us know! In fact, feedback of any kind is what we thrive on. Leave comments on THIS POST letting us know what you’d like to hear.

Of course, the show is not the same without YOU, so be sure to join us as we live stream!  The time is this Thursday December 22nd at 9:30 pm EST at our new and permanent live chat location live.powerscripting.net!

Windows PowerShell Fundamentals Training

Up Next Jeffery Hicks and his newest book Managing AD with Windows PowerShell


On this week’s show (4/14/11 @ 9:30pm EST right here on Ustream!), we’ll be talking to Jeffery Hicks about his new book! Learn more about Jeffery on his webpage.

 

Be sure to drop by the Ustream channel Thursday so that you can post questions for Jeffery and interact with your fellow PowerShellers!

Episode 98 – Steven Murawsk on PowerShellCommunity.org and Debugging


A Podcast about Windows PowerShell.

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In This Episode

Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast we talk to Steven Murawski about PowerShellCommunity.org and debugging PowerShell

News 

Before you acquire power, you must acquire knowledge – and Quest Software has what you need! In Jeffery Hicks’ e-book, “Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell,” learn how PowerShell helps you master local accounts and groups, password management, security and permissions and much, much more. You’ll also learn about the PowerShell extras and out-of-the-box features that will help you control Active Directory.
Don’t wait – visit quest.com/powershellbook to register for your free copy and see why PowerShell and Quest Power GUI are the ultimate Windows management tools.

 

Interview

This segment is brought to you by SAPIEN Technologies.

Links

Hero/Power – Mastery of time

Resources


Tips

Our tips are brought to you today by ServerFault and StackOverflow, the best place to find answers to your toughest questions!

Episode 84 – Hal and Jonathan talk PowerShell


A Podcast about Windows PowerShell.

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In This Episode

Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast Hal and Jon talk about…PowerShell?

News

Before you acquire power, you must acquire knowledge – and Quest Software has what you need! In Jeffery Hicks’ e-book, “Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell,” learn how PowerShell helps you master local accounts and groups, password management, security and permissions and much, much more. You’ll also learn about the PowerShell extras and out-of-the-box features that will help you control Active Directory.
Don’t wait – visit quest.com/powershellbook to register for your free copy and see why PowerShell and Quest Power GUI are the ultimate Windows management tools.

Resources

Want to make Windows PowerShell easier than ever to learn and master? Checkout Idera’s PowerShellPlus Professional Edition which is now available for download! The new version has vastly improved code completion and a slick interactive Learning Center. Go to www.idera.com/PodcastPeople to get your copy today!

Tips

Gotcha

  • V2 modules cannot be initialized via .PSC files

Contest

Your quest: Create a PowerShell script to generate fractal images. Bonus points for displaying the generated image using a Winform or WPF.  Get started by reading this thread on PowerShellCommunity.org.
Did we forget to mention there are prizes?  You can win an Amazon $25 gift certificate and a book from SAPIEN!

Episode 62 – Ferdinand Rios and Jeffery Hicks from Sapien


A Podcast about Windows PowerShell.

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In This Episode

Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast we talk with Ferdinand Rios and Jeffery Hicks from SAPIEN Technologies.

News

This segment is brought to you by SAPIEN Technologies.

Interview

When it comes to scripting, you’re a warrior. But mighty warriors need mighty tools!

For awesome PowerShell scripting, nothing matches the might of Quest’s PowerGUI. Versatile and easy to use, PowerGUI helps you build commanding scripts that leverage PowerShell’s strength across the enterprise. Now, ruling your domain is easier than ever.

Is your scripting might equal to the challenge? Put the power in your hands – download PowerGUI today.

  • ustreamer-22944 : #Question: Has Jeff mastered Black Hole Sun at Hard level on Rock Band yet?  :-)
  • glnsize : ## where is the module support?
  • glnsize : ## is there suppport for tortisesvn?
  • ustreamer-22944 : ## Does PrimalScript editor support the MSSCCI interface to allow various version control products to plug into it?
  • mwjcomputing : ## How many people can access ChangeVue at the same time?
  • meson : ## What products aren’t included in PrimalScript?
  • gaurhoth : ## Does primal script support -STA?

Resources

This segment is brought to you by Idera:

Want to make Windows PowerShell easier than ever to learn and master? Checkout Idera’s PowerShellPlus Professional Edition which is now available for download! The new version has vastly improved code completion and a slick interactive Learning Center. Go to www.idera.com/PodcastPeople to get your copy today!

Tips

  • Need to create an arbitrary file in PowerShell?
    • fsutil file createnew c:tempfoo.bar $(1mb)
  • Very cool wh[tab] and fe[tab] console shortcuts in PowerShellPlus

Gotcha

Mailbag

“I’m a big fan of the show.  It has been very helpful to me in my quest
to learn Powershell.

I just finished listening to Episode 61 and wanted to comment on the
discussion regarding disk alignment.  I too had never heard of disk
alignment until LogicsOne told us about it a couple years ago.  Since
then aligning disks has been a part of our VM build process.  You can
find a description here:

http://tinyurl.com/akwxoc
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929491

Thanks again, and keep up the good work.”

Ryan G