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PowerShell MVP for another year

My 2014 started out with the news that I’ve received my 4th Microsoft MVP Award for PowerShell, which contrasted wonderfully with the end of 2013 when I had a rather nasty fall and was lucky to not break a few bones (although I do still feel pretty sore).


I’ve learned from experience not to bother making New Year’s Resolutions, but going forward I do have a plan to work smarter (see my last post on The Phoenix Project) and to take advantage of working in a tall building to get some exerise up and down the stairs!

Free events for IT Pros in Newcastle on 25th November

On Monday 25th November, St James’ Park in Newcastle is the venue for three free events for IT professionals covering a range of Microsoft technologies.


During the day, the MVP Cloud OS Relay and SQL Relay 2012R2 have great line-ups of MVPs and other experts in Windows Server, System Center, Hyper-V, Office 365, Azure, SQL and Business Intelligence.


In the evening, the Windows User Group takes over with an event covering Windows 8.1, deployment, MDOP and Office 2013.


The schedule for the Cloud OS event is at http://www.cloudoscommunity.com/Newcastle and free sign-up is at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mvp-cloud-os-infrastructure-relay-newcastle-tickets-8456426399


The SQL Relay event has sold out, but if you’re desperately interested in any of the sessions at http://www.sqlrelay.co.uk/events/2013r2/Newcastle.html you can register for the Cloud OS event and switch tracks throughout the day if there’s capacity in the room.


Sign up for the evening event is at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/windows-and-office-tour-tickets-9107714419


Hopefully I’ll see you there!

Imagine Cup North East

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been helping behind the scenes with Imagine Cup North East. If you’ve never heard or the Imagine Cup it’s an annual student competition run by Microsoft to build technology solutions to address real-world problems, and this year two great local organisations promoting digital industries, Codeworks and Sunderland Software City, have teamed up to run a regional heat.


This week students from Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland, Durham and Teesside universities and local colleges will be attending taster and information events (in Newcastle and Middlesbrough), where Microsoft’s Ben Nunney will be on hand to discuss the finer points of the competiton.


The competition is a great opportunity for students to work on a project outside of their studies (looks good on the CV, etc) and it should be good fun too, with a 36 hour hack event later in the month. Of course there’s also the possibility of a trip to the global finals in Australia to aim for too!


If you’re a current student (or graduated in the last year) there’s still time to get involved, and if you aren’t eligible to take part, you should still be able to support the teams at a future NEBytes event. Head to the Imagine Cup North East site, the Facebook page, and follow @ImagineCupNE on Twitter to keep up with all the goings-on.

IE6 Migration Roadshow touring England

Please stop using IE6.


If you haven’t yet, then you might want to attend one of these events. This comes direct from Microsoft…


We are thrilled to extend the invitation to you to attend our series of Internet Explorer 6 Migration Roadshow events!

With support for Windows XP coming to an end on the 8th April 2014 and IE6 standing in so many people’s way of migration, what better time to start taking the leap to a more modern browser? Problem applications are all too often the blocker, so Microsoft have teamed up with CamwoodCitrix Systems and Quest Software, all application compatibility experts, to help jump-start your move.

Join us at a date below for a packed agenda discussing the technical challenges faced by IT departments when migrating their users off of IE6. We will establish:

·         Why you should go through the trouble of migrating;

·         How you go about identifying those problem applications;

·         What you can do about them.

There are a range of dates to choose from, each offering a slightly different spin and all promising to be thoroughly informative! Take your pick and use the links below to register with our partners.

Who, Where & When?
Tues 21st February

Microsoft & Quest Software 
Manchester United Football Ground (Old Trafford) 
09:30 – 14:00 (+Stadium Tour!)
More Information & Registration

Thurs 22nd March 
Microsoft & Citrix Systems (Including newly acquired AppDNA)
Chalfont St. Peter (Easy access via the M40 & M25 as well as rail)
09:00 – 16:00
More Information & Registration

Tues 3rd April 
Microsoft & Camwood 
London, Cardinal Place 
More Information & Registration TBC

Thurs 19th April 
Microsoft & Quest Software 
Reading Football Ground (Madejski Stadium) 
09:30 – 14:00 (+Stadium Tour!)
More Information & Registration

On behalf of all the team at Microsoft, we hope to see you there!


 


In case you’re wondering, I’m usually a Chrome user myself. I’m not one for adding multiple extensions to a browser, so I like the way that Chrome natively syncs my bookmarks, etc, and has Flash and PDF reading funtionality built right in. So that’s IE6 and Adobe’s Flash and Reader that I no longer use. Three birds, one stone.

PowerShell v3 at NEBytes’ 2nd birthday

This month’s event marks 2 years since we started the North East Bytes user group and the start of what is bound to be an exciting year with some major new Microsoft products on the horizon. I’m happy to be able to give a presentation on the 18th January to talk about the “glue” that’s going to bind a lot of those things together.


My session, “What’s New in PowerShell v3, and Introducing Script Explorer” aims to give some insight into what’s coming in the Windows 8 timeframe for those who have already started their PowerShell journey, and also to help those who are yet to take the plunge by looking at the soon-to-be-released Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell.


We’re fortunate enough to have another interesting presentation on the night from Gary Short, another MVP and an excellent speaker, about data mining the social web.


You can see all the details, and register for this free event at Eventbrite. I hope to see you there!

NEBytes July event: SharePoint, IIS Media Services 4

This month NEBytes has teamed up with the SharePoint User Group UK – Simon Tyler is presenting on SharePoint Best Practices, and NEBytes’ own Andrew Westgarth will be covering IIS Media Services 4.


The event will be held in Claremont Tower, Newcastle University on Wednesday 20th July at 18:30, and is sponsored by ffA.


For further details, and to register, head over to Eventbrite.

UK PowerShell User Group – 22nd March – Regular Expressions

One week from today, on Tuesday 22nd March, the UK PowerShell User Group will host a Live Meeting presentation on Regular Expressions by PowerShell MVP Tome Tanasovski. I make frequent use of Regular Expressions in PowerShell, so Tome’s session sounds really interesting:


Regular Expressions have been employed by every serious scripting language for the past 15 years. PowerShell’s adoption and implementation of Regular Expressions has ensured that it is taken seriously by serious scripters. The presentation will explore the history and syntax of regular expressions. It will give a deep dive into the PowerShell cmdlets that use Regular Expressions as well as the .NET native methods that can be invoked using PowerShell. It will give a detailed understanding of the internals of Microsoft’s implementation of Regular Expressions and how it differs from other languages. Real-world scenarios for using regular expressions will be explored.


You’ll find all the details to join the meeting on Richard Siddaway’s blog, and remember, you don’t need to be in the UK to take part, just be interested in the topic at hand.

NEBytes March: Bytecast out now, Automation event next week

Next Wednesday (16th March), NEBytes is putting on an Automation Extravaganza in Newcastle, with John Price delivering a session on developing home automation systems, then I’m going to talk about using PowerShell beyond the blue command window.


My session is going to cover a number of different scanarios for taking advantage of PowerShell in different hosts, from those provided by Microsoft to 3rd party solutions, including the web. I hope that some people who think they know what PowerShell is are going to get a bit of a surprise!


To register for the event, head over to Eventbrite.


As well as the in-person events, we’re continuing to produce the NEByes Bytecast, on a new monthly schedule (with some special Mega-Bytecasts coming in the future). Ben Lee and I sat down last Sunday to record Episode 9 and I think we made a good show, featuring discussion of Windows Phone 7 update problems, Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, SSD security, gaming and Apple’s new versions of OS X and the iPad. If those things tickle your fancy, pop over to the NEBytes site to grab the mp3 or subscribe via RSS or iTunes.

Windows Server User Group returns with April 6th event in London

After a few months without a meeting, the Windows Server User Group are hosting an event at Microsoft’s London HQ (at Cardinal Place, near Victoria Station) at 6pm on the 6th April. There will be two sessions: Microsoft’s Bill Orme will present Active Directory – Rights Management Services (AD-RMS) and how it can integrate with the cloud, and Simon Veale of the Oxford Computer Group is presenting on Active Directory – Federation Services (AD-FS). The formal sessions will be followed by far less formal drinks in the Ha Ha bar afterwards.


If you’re in the area, I’d suggest getting yourself along to the event. See all the details and the registration link on the Windows Server User Group site.


 


 

NEBytes Event this Wednesday – Exchange 2010 and WCF Data Services

This Wednesday, 16th June, the 7th North East Bytes meeting of the year has NEBytes co-founder Ben Lee talking about Exchange 2010 and Iain Angus of Black Marble covering WCF Data Services. Here are the full details…


“WCF Data Services” with Iain Angus
WCF Data Services is a framework for exposing data layers in a REST-ful manner. This session will look at how WCF, REST and LINQ come together to form Microsoft’s latest data access technology. Topics covered include implementing and consuming data services, why IQueryable and IUpdatable are important, service operations / interceptors and concurrency.


“Exchange 2010, Product Overview And Example Architectures” with Ben Lee
Exchange 2010 is the latest generation of Microsoft’s enterprise messaging suite. This session will provide an overview of the platform, focusing on the architecture changes including the simplified storage topology, resiliency options as well as the improvements to the end users. If you didn’t know what a DAG was before the session, you certainly will by the end!


This free event is hosted at Newcastle University from 18:30 to 21:30 and if you’d like to come along, please register at Eventbrite.