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Thank You, Richard, and Fare Well!

Richard Siddaway has decided to step away from and The DevOps Collective. Most recently, Richard has been known for his management of content at PowerShell Summit North America, PowerShell Summit Europe, and later, PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit. Before that, however, Richard was one of the founders of way back in 2011-2012, along with myself, Jason Helmick, Kirk Munro, and Jeffrey Hicks. It's quite fair to say that we all needed one another's support and expertise very much in those early days, and Richard was particularly key in helping us put together the two European Summit events. Richard's very much entitled to one of our Community Hero Challenge Coins, which have been awarded to only a small handful of people who have made sustained, long-term community contributions: Jeffrey Snover, Jason Helmick, Angel Calvo, and Kenneth Hansen. Richard's definitely in rarified company, and it's well-earned.

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Welcome to the new

August 7, 2018

I want to introduce you to the new!

While we're still doing a little test-and-adjust work, I'm pretty confident that everything in the new theme is working. I'd also like to point out some hopefully useful new things we've done with the site.

First, we've still got pretty much everything you've been used to - our friendly and helpful Q&A forums, our community-authored articles, and more. Incidentally, if you'd like to be a writer here at, we welcome you. Let us help you get some eyes on whatever it is you're creating, whether it's a short tutorial, an article about an open source project you contribute to, or whatever. Drop a line to our webmaster@ email alias and we'll hook you up with authoring rights.

I'll note that our Events Calendar is currently offline; the old plugin was antiquated, and we need to find something more suitable. That's ongoing.

We do have some new stuff, though. You'll find Groups right at the top of every page, and that takes you into our new discussion groups. These are designed to foster open-ended, freeform discussion threads, unlike our more problem/solution, issue-oriented Q&A forums.

Click on your avatar at the top of the page, and you'll switch into your new profile (incidentally, if you don't like your avatar, you'll need to register your email address with - that's who we pull images from). You can leave a quick Twitter- or Facebook-style status update, letting everyone know what you've been up to in the PowerShell world. We hope it'll be a great way for you to update the community on your activities. Along those lines, you can specifically follow whomever you like in the community, so that their updates will bubble up to your feed. Again, your profile page is the key to accessing all that new functionality.

Once you've friended someone, we also now have private direct messages. From your profile, click Messages and then Compose to start creating a new message.

It's worth spending some time poking around and see what else is available - there's quite a bit of functionality. For example, from your profile page, choose Settings and then Email - there are quite a few email notification options that you can opt into, if you want to keep up without having to visit the site continually.

I'll note that photo uploading from your profile page is a little touch-and-go - that's one of the things we're still figuring out.

Let me give you a reason to really populate your profile: We're working to make this a central location for you to showcase everything you've accomplished in the community. Kind of like a very specialized LinkedIn profile, your profile will eventually include recognitions for contributions, achievements, and more. It'll be something you can show to colleagues, hiring managers, and peers to help show the positive impact you're making and the milestones you're reaching. Now's the time to start!

We're working hard to bring more functionality to that can help you keep up with our fast-moving world, and we hope you'll find it all useful. There's still more to come, and we always welcome your suggestions in the Web Site Feedback forum!

What You Missed This Week in PowerShell!


Using VSTS for Your Company's Private PowerShell Library

by Justin Rice on July 28th

Interested in sharing your collection of PowerShell tools for your team to use? First-time blogger Justin Rice walks you through publishing a PowerShell module to an internal PSRepository using VSTS.

Creating a Function or Script with PowerShell Dynamic Parameters

By Aaron Guilmette on July 30th

Learn how to create parameters with validation data that you can tab-complete prior to runtime. In this example Aaron uses a set of Skype numbers as potential values for a parameter to his function.

How to Create a File Share PowerShell Repository

by Matt McElreath on July 30th

Consider another method for sharing your PowerShell module. This article provides a simple technique for setting up a PowerShell repository from a file share.

Increased Windows Modules Coverage with PowerShell Core 6.1

by Steve Lee on July 31st

The PowerShell team has a goal to bring 100% parity of the in-box modules to PowerShell Core. Learn about some of the challenges involved and how upcoming versions of Windows will close the gap on feature parity with Windows PowerShell.

Forum Topics - Popular Post

Don't Give Up (You Got This)! by Justin King on July 30th

If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed by all there is to learn, or if you just like motivational speeches, Justin offers some great advice about why it's so valuable to keep pushing your PowerShell knowledge further. - New Community Event

PowerHour: Community Lighting Demos by Warren Frame on July 31st

Announcing a new community-driven event for the rapid showcasing of PowerShell-related content! PowerHour will feature multiple speakers presenting in a lightning demo format, which will be streamed on YouTube. If you're interested in presenting but would like to start with something small and focused, or if you'd like to get some quick looks at lots different material, then this is worth keeping an eye on!

Reddit - Most Popular Post

PSWinDocumentation - Documentation for Active Directory by u/MadBoyEvo on July 30th

Przemysław Kłys releases an early version of his PSWinDocumentation module, used for documenting AD and to showcase his other module, PSWriteWord (think of Doug Finke's ImportExcel, but for Word). These are some very cool and exciting tools, so definitely check them out!


PowerShell 104 - Building Modules using PSake

by The St. Louis PowerShell User Group on July 24th

Grab a pot of coffee (or a bottle of rice wine) and catch up on a lengthy yet very informative session on controlling versions of your PowerShell modules. Topics include source code organization, running basic PSake builds, build version control, and Pester tests. Presented by Ken Maglio and Michael Lombardi


I hope to release the first version of my tool this month!

by @veronicageek on August 1st

Catch a sneak peek at this soon-to-be-released PowerShell tool for viewing your O365 tenant data in a clean UI! We can't wait, Veronica!


Special thanks to Mark Roloff for contributions this week.

PowerShell + DevOps Summit 2019 - Call for Speakers

The PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit 2019 will be returning to the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA from Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Since 2013, PowerShell and DevOps experts from around the world , will once again collaborate and learn how to maximize PowerShell in the workplace through fast-paced, knowledge-packed presentations. The Global Summit is the place for innovators to explore and further their knowledge of DevOps principles and practices in a Windows environment, make new connections, learn new techniques, and offer something to your peers and colleagues back at the office.

Ready to share your PowerShell or DevOps know-how? This is your official call to submit presentation ideas for selection!

What we are looking for?

The majority of our sessions will now follow a traditional 45-minute format. These sessions cover a wide variety of PowerShell and DevOps expertise. We have a number of agenda slots available for double length sessions. These sessions delve into the depths of a topic covering areas that need more than 45 minutes.

Your proposed session should fit into one of the following areas:

  • PowerShell Internals (Advanced to Master Content) – A deep-dive into the inner workings of PowerShell and practical solutions that can be built from them.
  • PowerShell Features Deep Dive (Intermediate to Advanced Content) - These presentations are focused on configuring and working with existing PowerShell features and capabilities.
  • DevOps in Practice (Beginner to Intermediate) - A comprehensive look at putting the DevOps principles into practice. These presentations should focus on what you're doing and how you're doing it with DevOps.

Advanced DevOps in Practice sessions will also be considered.

We are open to presentations across the entire ecosystem that have been built around PowerShell or the various DevOps tools—this includes Microsoft platforms and products that have PowerShell-based management tools or third party products.  New topics will be preferred over the recycling of older topics. However, we are still open to sessions on 'older' topics that address areas of great confusion or uncertainty.

What kinds of sessions get selected? 

Using previous feedback from our community, we're expanding the scope of our content this year.  While OnRamp will take care of those new to the PowerShell/DevOps world, we're looking to fill the other gaps with intermediate content and progressing all the way to the industry masters.

We look for an abstract that compells us to want to see your session—so spend time writing a great abstract! We want real-world usability combined with "Wow, nobody talks about THAT" awesomeness. We want to see the code. Don't just talk about it—this is a PowerShell summit, not a PowerPoint summit. If your session isn't predominately demonstrations, it's probably not right for the Summit.

Summit presentations are intense and intimate, often with plenty of audience interaction. You must expect questions and discussions. This is not a "lecture to the audience" event.

We're always happy to discuss proposed sessions. If you have any doubts about the suitability of a particular session, please contact us: summit AT PowerShell DOT org

Please note:

  • All sessions are to be delivered in English.
  • Presenter will provide all equipment needed to deliver session(s), including a laptop or other computer.
  • Presenter must be able to provide video by means of HDMI, DVI-D, or DisplayPort connectors - VGA is NOT supported.
  • Presenter must be able to manually select an appropriate screen resolution for video output. Typically, 1024x768 or 1280x720 are preferred.

Internet connectivity is available in the conference center but bandwidth is limited. If you rely on connecting to the cloud for your sessions, consider recording any demonstrations as a contingency.


How do I submit my presentation abstract?

  • Go to - 
  • Click Speak at PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit 2019 (scroll down to the bottom right and find the big green button).
  • Login using Twitter, Facebook or one of the other options.
  • Complete the form. The name field will show your email address. Please ensure your full name is in the Bio field, this will make communication easier.
  • Click submit.

Please contact summit AT PowerShell DOT org if you have any issues or problems.

When can I submit?

Enter your presentation submissions immediately! We will start selecting presentations as soon as they arrive, so you don't want to miss out. The last day we will accept presentation submissions will be Monday, October 1, 2018. This is a hard deadline - No sessions will be accepted after this date. 


When will I know?

You will be informed if one or more of your presentations have been selected and notified by Thursday, October 11, 2018. Your notification email will include any further actions you need to take. We will notify all potential speakers by Tuesday, October 23, 2018 if their sessions haven't been accepted.

Speakers with accepted sessions will be given free admission to the event, including attendance at all official Summit activities. Speakers may not bring guests to the day sessions or evening events.

Selected Speakers will receive an honorarium at a valuation of $400 for a 45-minute session and $800 for a double session, to assist with traveling and accommodation expenses.   This will be made in the form of a US-only Prepaid VISA card.  International speakers may be given the option of receiving a cheque or PayPal payment if needed.  You will be contacted in advance of the event as to preference. 

The final agenda will be posted on PowerShell.Org early November 2018.

We look forward to your expertise in making PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit 2019 the most valuable IT/Dev conference of the year!

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