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Thank You, Richard, and Fare Well!

Richard Siddaway has decided to step away from PowerShell.org 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 PowerShell.org 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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We Need Your Help.

We need your help. 

As you may have heard, we’re launching a new “OnRamp” track at PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit 2019. Limited to 40 students, this will be a hands-on class designed to bootstrap someone into the technology and our community. There's a whole brochure about it!

We’re also offering a number of free-ride scholarships designed to cover admission, air, and hotel, to help increase the diversity of our field and community right at the top of the funnel. Half of our scholarships will be awarded to individuals from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in IT, and that’s where we need your help. 

We need to get the word out to potential applicants so that they know to apply!

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A Summit 2018 Post-Mortem

We've been conducting a survey of Summit 2018, now that it's in the past, and wanted to share some of our immediate take-aways. The survey is still open for Summiteers until end of April 2018; you should have the URL in a follow-up email and can inquire in the Slack team if you need it.

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A Changing of the Guard

This week at PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit 2018, we announced a change in leadership for The DevOps Collective, the nonprofit organization that runs Summit, PowerShell.org, and other programs. 

Stepping in as CEO will be former Director of Online Services Will Anderson (@gamerlivingwill on Twitter). As CEO, Will takes on day to day responsibility for running Summit, managing the website, and keeping our other programs on track. He will be assembling a team, including our new CFO James Petty, to help him with those tasks. Many of our current crew, including Richard Siddaway and Jeff Hicks, will continue their major contributions to Summit and other activities, and Will is already speaking with other community members who will be joining our team for the first time. Jeffrey Bernt will take on additional responsibilities for Summit logistics, backed by our long-time logistics expert Christopher Gannon. This is all part of what has always been our plan to involve more community members in the organization’s operation, and to help to ensure the long term success and survival of all our programs.

I will remain the organization’s President. This enables me to stay on the advise Will and his team, help document how we do things, and focus on the organization’s future. Will’s move to CEO will free up space for me to work on new projects that further the organization’s mission, and to grow the organization to better serve our community. I’ve some fun things in mind that you’ll hopefully get to see someday soon. 

Jason Helmick, our former CFO, is stepping aside. He will still be involved with Summit and remains a close friend and advisor to me, and I thank him deeply for helping not only bring James into the family, but creating such a smooth transition for his role. 

Please join me in congratulating Will and James!

Iron Scripter prequels: Puzzle 10 - A commentary

This is the commentary on the last Iron Scripter prequel puzzle: Iron Scripter Prequel Puzzle 10 - A commentary

Next weekend will mark the start of summit and you can work on the Iron Scripter preludes - 4 daily puzzles as a lead in to the main event on Thursday 12 April 2018. If you haven't chosen your faction yet you need to hurry

Iron Scripter Prequels: Puzzle 9 - A commentary

Here's my commentary for puzzle 9: Iron Scripter Prequel Puzzle 9 - A commentary

In this puzzle you were cleaning up the TEMP folder and the recycle bin plus working with scheduled tasks and/or scheduled jobs.

One more commentary to come - probably early next week rather than Sunday and then we're into the Summit and the main event.

Iron Scripter Preludes and Main Event: Rules and Info

Information is now available at IronScripter.us for the at-Summit events, and participants are advised to refresh themselves on the Rules.

Participants attending Summit should begin choosing their faction and getting to know their teammates in the faction-specific channels of the DevOps-Summit Slack team (open only to attendees and alumni).

Participants hoping to participate remotely may wish to start choosing a faction and finding a way to get in touch with them. The Faction Discussion may be a good way to do that.

Iron Scripter prequel: Puzzle 10

Activity on the Iron Scripter forum and Slack channels has reduced for the last few puzzles leading me to believe that I've been giving out too many challenges. I've decided that this will be the last prequel puzzle: Iron Scripter Prequel Puzzle 10

There won't be a puzzle 11.

Next week I'll publish the commentary for puzzle 9 and the week after that for puzzle 10 meaning you get 2 weeks for these last 2 puzzles.

Next year, if we repeat Iron Scripter and the prequels, we'll space the prequels out a bit more so that we don't overload you.

Details on the iron Scripter challenge itself will be published soon - until then enjoy this last prequel puzzle.

Iron Scripter prequel: Puzzle 8 - A commentary

In puzzle 8 you're asked to create some local users, folders and a file. Then set permissions on the file. I've provided a commentary on the puzzle: Iron Scripter Prequel Puzzle 8 - A commentary

I've not presented full faction specific solutions as usual - view the forums and Slack channels to see how the factions are solving this puzzle.

Puzzle 9 will be available around the time you read this.

Enjoy.

 

Iron Scripter prequel: Puzzle 9

You're approaching the end of the prequels - soon it will be time for Iron Scripter. This week's challenge involves the file system and the scheduling system - Iron Scripter Prequel Puzzle 9

 

In all things remember the goals of your faction.

Please remember that we're NOT grading the submissions for these puzzles. You can comment, and discuss the puzzle on the Iron Scripter prequel forums or on the Summit Slack channel.

If anyone is really stuck or doesn't understand something in the puzzle leave a comment here or on the Slack channel. I'll try and answer but can't guarantee timeframes.

If there is sufficient interest I'll run a Q&A side session on the prequel puzzles at Summit. Let me know either here or on the Slack channel if you're interested.

Good luck

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