Tag Archives: Steven Murawski

TechSession: Writing and Testing DSC Resources

Join MVP Steven Murawski for a look at writing and testing custom DSC resources.

This session will be recorded. Recording links will be posted on the PowerShell.org YouTube Channel within about one week. We are accepting up to 250 registrations, but only 100 live attendees will “fit” in the room. If you don’t make it in, you’ll be able to access the recording at no charge via YouTube.

August 7 2014 at 11am Pacific time.

Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRdlGgVpRbE

LEAK: PowerShell Summit NA 2014 Speakers

I got a glance at the “short list” of speakers for the PowerShell Summit North America 2014. While none of these names are guaranteed – these guys haven’t even been contacted to confirm – they’ll definitely receive an invite in the next few days.

First up, Mike Pfeiffer. This excites me because Mike’s a former MVP, and now a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) with Microsoft. He literally wrote the book on managing Exchange Server with PowerShell, and should be a great addition to our new Domain-Specific track.

Next, Steven Murawski. I’m betting he’ll be asked to deliver talks on Desired State Configuration (DSC), something he’s been playing with intensely at his job. Yeah, production use of DSC.

Ed Wilson’s going to be invited. What’s a Summit without the Scripting Guy?!?!?

Ashley McGlone, too – another PFE, which gives us some awesome from-the-field experience, especially from large-scale environments where PFEs tend to work. Should be awesome stuff.

I imagine I’ll be invited to speak <grin>, along with my often-co-author Jeffery Hicks and PowerShell In Depth co-author Richard Siddaway. Richard’s a WMI master, and his talks in 2013 were very well-received. Jeff, of course, is Jeff – it’ll be a fun talk or two, whatever they’re about.

I saw Adam Driscoll’s name on the list (uber-developer with a ton of PowerShell experience), Jason Helmick (I’m hoping he’ll do a deeply in-depth talk on PowerShell Web Access, since he’s pretty much mastered all the not-documented intricacies of setting it up), and a few more.

Early November should see the schedule finalized. Stay tuned.

Episode 242 – PowerScripting Podcast – Steven Murawski and Geoff Dalgas on DSC and Stack Overflow

A Podcast about Windows PowerShell.

In This Episode

Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast, we talk to Steven Murawski and Geoff Dalgas about DSC & Stack Overflow



Guests – Steve Murawski, Geoff Dalgas


Chatroom Buzz-

<11ScriptWarrior> ## Do they use splunk to data mine those logs?

<0logicaldiagram> ## What “provider” do you use for IIS?

<10Neptune443> ## Can you expand on the pull setup? TechNet docs are just wrong and the DSC-service in R2 RTM seems to be pretty much broken out of the box.

<11ScriptWarrior> ## Well plus by automating you are taking human error out of the deployment process

<0logicaldiagram> ## Do you have one .Net application for all the StackExchange “sites”?

<11ScriptWarrior> ## So is that like VM Snapshots?

<0halr9000> ## how do you make a provider?

<11ScriptWarrior> ## Just out of curiosity what brand of hardware do you use at Stack?

<11ScriptWarrior> ## What do you use to monitor the servers?  Dell OpenView?  SCOM?

<0logicaldiagram> ## Any real-user monitoring?

<11ScriptWarrior> ## Why not use SCOM?

<10Neptune443> ## Can you quickly run through what you need to do to package up both configurations and providers for the pull server?

<PowerSchill> https://pssat005.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecount

<JeffH> This book helped some in explaining devops: http://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Project-Helping-Business-ebook/dp/B00AZRBLHO

<Vern_Anderson> http://powerscriptinglive.blogspot.com/

<MikeFRobbins> Did you guys see my blog today: Fun and Games with PowerShell: http://mikefrobbins.com/2013/09/19/fun-and-games-with-powershell/

<MikeFRobbins> 36 days until PowerShell Saturday 005 in Atlanta: http://powershellsaturday.com/005/

<halr9000> http://stackoverflow.com/

<gdalgas> https://www.quantcast.com/p-c1rF4kxgLUzNc

<halr9000> http://www.amazon.com/Management-System-Administrators-Thomas-Limoncelli/dp/0596007833

<gdalgas> http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/05/welcome-stack-overflow-valued-associate-00003/ <- me

<halr9000> https://github.com/PowerShellOrg/DSC

<gdalgas> http://imgur.com/2MFgP23 <– our entire web tier for Stack Exchange

<halr9000> http://www.vagrantup.com/

<halr9000> http://docs.vagrantup.com/v2/getting-started/index.html

<Vern_Anderson> http://www.glassdoor.com/Best-Places-to-Work-LST_KQ0,19.htm  #15

<gdalgas> http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/02/new-datacenter-migration/ <– my boy has been doing datacenters for awhile

<gdalgas> they sure are:  https://twitter.com/SuperDalgas/status/379721652516691968

<logicaldiagram> http://blog.serverfault.com/2013/09/05/homegrown-devops-tools-at-stack-exchange/

<Vern_Anderson> http://www.opencompute.org/  << Should look at these servers

<smurawski> http://velocityconf.com/velocityny2013/public/schedule/detail/30114

<halr9000> http://www.amazon.com/The-Goal-Process-Ongoing-Improvement/dp/0884270610 ?

The Question – Geoff

  • Geoff Dalgas: superhero – The Hulk

  • Steve – book: The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Up Next MVP Steven Murawski talks about PowerShell V3

Steven Murawski is coming on to the show to talk about PowerShell V3. .

Please join us WEDNESDAY May 9th (our summer schedule is Wednesday not Thursday) at 9:30 pm EDT (GMT -4) at our new live chat location live.powerscripting.net!

Up Next: Steven Murawski

This week we start back on our regular Thursday night schedule,  we will have Steven Murawski , founder of the Greater Milwaukee Script Club with us. Please join us Thursday August 4th at 9:30 pm EDT at our new and permanent live chat location which is live.powerscripting.net!

Episode 98 – Steven Murawsk on PowerShellCommunity.org and Debugging

A Podcast about Windows PowerShell.


In This Episode

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


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