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 … Continue reading PowerShell 4.0 DSC presentation at NEBytes

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 … Continue reading UK PowerShell User Group – 22nd March – Regular Expressions

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 … Continue reading NEBytes March: Bytecast out now, Automation event next week

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

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-ObjectForEach-ObjectGroup-ObjectMeasure-ObjectNew-ObjectSelect-ObjectSort-ObjectTee-ObjectWhere-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 … Continue reading Learn about PowerShell’s utility cmdlets at the UK User Group’s February Live Meeting

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 … Continue reading PowerShell UK User Group with Ed Wilson

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 AngusWCF 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 … Continue reading NEBytes Event this Wednesday – Exchange 2010 and WCF Data Services

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 … Continue reading NEBytes May Event – Making Powerful use of PowerShell 2.0 Easily

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 … Continue reading 17th March – A good day for tech events

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 … Continue reading Windows Server User Group