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PowerShell 4.0 DSC presentation at NEBytes

For those in or around North East England next Wednesday (28th August), I’m going to be doing a presentation at NEBytes on PowerShell 4.0, with a focus on Desired State Configuration.


If you haven’t heard of DSC before, it’s a really big deal – a new set of cmdlets and language extensions provide the ability to declaratively specify the configuration of your environment and maintain the desired state of your systems.


I’m going to cover what DSC can do for you, showing how to define and deploy configuration scripts, as well as touching on some of the other new features of PowerShell 4.0.


The event is free to attend, but we do ask that you register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7898393307


As if PowerShell DSC wasn’t enough, we’ve also got my partner-in-crime, Andy Westgarth talking about developing with Windows Azure Media Services.

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.


 


 

Learn about PowerShell’s utility cmdlets at the UK User Group’s February Live Meeting

Whenever I’m helping anyone get started with PowerShell, I’m always telling them about these cmdlets: Get-Help, Get-Command, Get-Member and Get-PSDrive – they let you discover and learn about the system and PowerShell. The next set of cmdlets that you’d better get familiar with are the ones that keep cropping up all the time when you’re doing real work in PowerShell:


Compare-Object
ForEach-Object
Group-Object
Measure-Object
New-Object
Select-Object
Sort-Object
Tee-Object
Where-Object


In the February Live Meeting of the UK PowerShell User Group, PowerShell MVP Richard Siddaway is going to cover these cmdlets in a session accessible to beginners, but possibly with the odd surprise for experts. The session is on Tuesday 8th February at 7:30pm GMT and the joining details are available at Richard’s blog.

PowerShell UK User Group with Ed Wilson

Next Tuesday, January 11th, the Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson is presenting a session over Live Meeting for the PowerShell UK User Group on best practices for developing PowerShell scripts…


Learn Windows PowerShell best practices as they apply to each stage of the script development lifecycle. See the differences between working interactively from the Windows PowerShell prompt, writing an inline script, adding basic function, advanced functions and finally the implementation of Windows PowerShell Modules. What is a local best practice for Windows PowerShell development is not the same as a global best practice, and this talk covers those differences.


Details for how to join the meeting are on Richard Siddaway’s blog post. Everyone is welcome, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the foremost experts in Windows PowerShell.

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.

NEBytes May Event – Making Powerful use of PowerShell 2.0 Easily

I’m a bit slow posting this one, especially since I was the one who planned it from the start, but better late than never. Next Wednesday evening, 19th May, I will be presenting at NEBytes in Newcastle on PowerShell 2.0. Here’s the overview…


With the launch of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, PowerShell became part of the core OS and added a bunch of 2.0 features. In this session, aimed at existing users of PowerShell as well as beginners, we’ll cover some of the new aspects of PowerShell which IT Professionals can use easily to manage their Windows systems. This will include remoting, background jobs, advanced functions, script debugging and more. There are some deep concepts at play here, but this session will make them accessible enough for you to start working straight away. For those with no experience of working with PowerShell, there will be a quick on-ramp to get you going.


Also on the bill is a developer session from Phil Pursglove entitled The Need For Speed: A Developers Guide to Velocity (aka AppFabric). That doesn’t mean anything to me right now, so I’ll be interested to hear that presentation myself.


The event is free (as usual), and if you want to come along, sign up at Eventbrite.

17th March – A good day for tech events

North East Bytes: Visual Studio 2010 and System Center


The March meeting of NEBytes is looking like a really good one with two excellent speakers making the trip up to Newcastle. For developers, we have Richard Fennell of Black Marble taking about Visual Studio 2010 and for the IT Pros, Matt McSpirit of Microsoft is coming to talk about System Center in the R2 Wave.


Richard is offering to let the audience vote on the content of his session; with so much to cover in Visual Studio 2010, he wants to make sure that his session hits the top four topics that people are interested in.


Matt’s session also has a lot of ground to cover, but as a Microsoft Partner Technology Advisor, he has plenty experience to know which are the bits that are most important to the people using the technology: With more and more organisations thinking about virtualisation, there has never been a better time to investigate what the complimentary System Center management tools can bring to the table.  From deep monitoring, patching, backup, and virtual machine management, the System Center Management Suite is the most comprehensive, unified management solution in the marketplace today, for organisations big and small.  In this session, you’ll learn about a number of the key technologies making up the suite, how they are licensed, and how they can help you achieve a new level of efficiency and control.


If you fancy joining us:



NB. There’s a football match in Newcastle that evening, and from past experience, we know that means parking is a bit of a nightmare. You may want to check out Newcastle City Council’s information on car parking before setting off.


NITKon 2010 PowerShell Day


For those closer to Norway than North East England, there’s a real PowerShell treat in store for you:


The Norsk IT Konferanse 2010 (NITKon 2010) is running from 15th to 17th March in Oslo, and the 17th is going to be PowerShell Day, with Bruce Payette, Principal Developer on the PowerShell Team at Microsoft, along with PowerShell MVPs Dmitry Sotnikov, Thomas Lee and Ragnar Harper. That’s a great line-up and if I wasn’t already busy I’d be really temped to see if I could get there!

Windows Server User Group

If I lived in the South East of England, I would’ve been going along to meetings of both the Active Directory User Group and the Windows Server Team. For those of you who do live an easily commutable distance from London, you might be interested to hear that these two groups have merged and now exist as the Windows Server User Group (WSUG).


The site is a little bit basic at the moment, but there are online forums there covering a range of Active Directory and other Windows Server topics, and knowing Mark Parris and Mark Wilson who are running the group, there’ll be lots of good things to come. Even if you wouldn’t find it easy to get to the group’s meetings, if you work with these technologies, it may be a site you’ll want to check out.