IndyPoSh Meeting #18 – Windows PowerShell Basics

Description: Windows PowerShell is becoming one of the more in-demand skills now that it is built into everything Windows. PowerShell is going to continue growing and it is your time to start learning it! Join us for an evening of Windows PowerShell Basics, we will wrap up for many useful resources that are available to help you continue learning! Speakers: Matt Griffin (MCT, MCSA, MCITP, MCTS, MCP) is a Technical Team Lead at Apparatus in Indianapolis, IN. Matt participates in multiple Technology based User Groups including the Indianapolis PowerShell User Group where he is the President. Over the last 6 years […]


Meeting #17 – Handy PowerShell Profile Tips and Tricks

Description: Your PowerShell profile is a convenient way to customize your environment and make your life easier. We’ll talk about the different profiles, ways to keep things in sync, along with custom aliases and functions to enable PowerShell laziness. Speakers: Damien Solodow is the Systems Engineer for Harrison College; a role that he has held for 6 years. He’s been working in IT since 1997, and has been managing Windows Servers since NT 4.0. Started working with PowerShell in Exchange 2010, and has since expanded to using it for Windows Server, Active Directory, VMware, Citrix XenApp and other items. Agenda: […]


PhillyPoSH 06/05/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials

Jeff Hicks gave a presentation entitled “Getting Started with Desired State Configuration (DSC)”. During his talked Jeff gave an overview of DSC and walked through an example of a push mode configuration. A copy of his presentation materials are available here. A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel   Related posts: PhillyPoSH 02/07/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 12/06/2012 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 02/06/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 04/04/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


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 […]


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 Related posts: PhillyPoSH 08/01/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 11/07/2013 meeting summary and […]


PhillyPoSH 03/06/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials

Bartek Bielawski gave a presentation entitled “OMI : PowerShell Everywhere”. During his talk Bartek discussed and gave examples of how to CIM cmdlets and CDXML commands to manage everything in your datacenter. A copy of his presentation materials are available on our GitHub Repository. We then had a script club where various members presented scripts they were working on 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. Related posts: PhillyPoSH 08/01/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 11/07/2013 meeting summary and presentation […]


Meeting #12 – Taking on the World! One Exchange Server at a time… with PowerShell!

Description: We have PowerShell on our side. Exchange Server was the starting point for PowerShell to be part of the larger vision of the tools. In this session we will discuss how to automate routine tasks and target common situations encountered by Exchange Admins, or maybe even the accidental Exchange Admin. Just like many good chefs and the recipes they have, we will venture into making out tools and skills better. Exploring the common and in some cases, hidden gems of PowerShell automation in a great environment like Exchange Server. From creating recipients to managing services. From working with the […]


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. Related posts: PhillyPoSH 08/01/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 11/07/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 03/06/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 05/01/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials


IndyPoSh Meeting #10 – Desired State Configuration: Overview and Introduction

Description: A new breed of configuration management tools has been created to manage the platforms, applications, and infrastructure of the cloud, and keep cloud-related applications and infrastructure running with high availability. The need for these new tools and infrastructure comes from the increase in scale, rapid rate of change, and complexity of the cloud. But existing tools have limited support for Windows. Enter, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC). This rich toolset provides a configuration platform built into Windows that is based on open standards. DSC is flexible enough to function reliably and consistently in each stage of the deployment […]


PhillyPoSH 12/05/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials

 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“ Announcements: January’s meeting will be on the 2nd Thursday (01/09/2014) of January […]


PhillyPoSH 11/07/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials

John Mello gave a presentation on a script that searches a mailbox for an email by subject and downloads any attachments it may contain. A copy of his scripts can be obtained here. Jason Helmick, Senior Technologist at Concentrated Tech and Windows PowerShell MVP, gave a presentation on “Understanding the Pipeline – Getting your one-liners to work!” A copy of his script can be found here. A recording of Jason Helmick’s presentation can be found on our YouTube channel. Due to audio issues, John Mello’s portion is not included in the recording. Announcements Tickets are still available for the 2014 PowerShell […]


PhillyPoSH 10/03/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials

John Mello gave a presentation on creating HTML reports in PowerShell, a copy of his presentation and scripts can be found here TJ Turner gave a presentation on Community Defined Best Practices, a copy of his presentation can be found here We had user error audio issues with Lync throughout the meeting so a recording will not be posted to our YouTube channel, We celebrated our 1st anniversary! Related posts: PhillyPoSH 12/06/2012 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 05/02/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 08/01/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 11/07/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials


PhillyPoSH 08/01/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials

John Mello gave a presentation on Tips and Tricks learned from the 2013 Scripting Games, a copy of his presentation and scripts can be obtained here Various group members contributed to a Script and Tell, scripts and participant names are forthcoming. A recording of the meeting is available on our YouTube channel, please note that the recording ends about 5 minutes before our meeting was done. Related posts: PhillyPoSH 12/06/2012 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 05/02/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 10/03/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 11/07/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials


But wait – there’s more! Scripting and Toolmaking on Aug 1st.

Microsoft Virtual Academy will be broadcasting a live presentation of PowerShell scripting and toolmaking. In this presentation, Distinguished Engineer Jeffrey Snover and Senior Technologist Jason Helmick will get you started turning your automation scripts into reusable tools that look and feel just like cmdlet’s. This fast paced presentation will be loaded with best practices and guidelines for making Advanced Functions and building modules that can be shared with your entire administrative team. Start building your own solutions for your custom business needs and let PowerShell take you to the next level. You don’t want to miss this! Full Page Link: […]


PhillyPoSH 05/02/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials

Jeff Wouters gave an excellent presentation via Lync on: Avoiding the pipeline Improving your learning curve Improving your teaching curve John Mello gave a presentation and demo of script that uses Exchange multi-valued custom attributes to store information on when to remove users from a security group after a specified amount of days. Standalone meeting material links PhillyPosh_2013-05-02_ScriptClub PhillyPosh_2013-05-02_Presentation_JeffWouters Related posts: PhillyPoSH 12/06/2012 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 08/01/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 10/03/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials PhillyPoSH 11/07/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials