Friday, February 29, 2008

RunAs Radio spotlight!

I was recently featured on the RunAs Radio HERE.  I talk about how Microsoft is embracing PowerShell internally, WMI's future, .NET Windows Forms and my a bit about my virtual PowerShell user group.

I was a bit late in talking about the Scripting Games...

It was a blast!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


For the 2007 Scripting Games, I had created a graph HERE of the total entries per each category: VBScript beginner, VBScript advanced, PowerShell beginner, and PowerShell advanced.

I only printed countries with more than 5 entrants though.

I just got a 2008 version to work (except for something minor with "USA" that I'll have to check).

I'll post the results after the games.  It doesn't look like the number of PowerShell entrants will surpass VBscript entrants.  There appears to be quite a few Perl entrants, which is cool.

I'll also try to post a 2008 version of the per country maps I did HERE in 2006.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The next PowerShell MVP?

My 3 1/2 year old son is getting into PowerShell.  See the second photo HERE.

Windows PowerShell Virtual User Group Meeting #4--VIDEOS ONLINE

I first announced meeting #4 HERE.

Finally, I have the videos ready for offline viewing. 

(Each video has to be cut to sizes smaller than about 22MB, otherwise, my session to SkyDrive will timeout.)

*My introduction.

*Darren Mar-Elia (MVP): "Managing Group Policy with PowerShell"

*Richard Siddaway: "Windows Server 2008 and WMI"

*My closing.

NOTE: Kirk Munro had to cancel.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Wrox PowerShell Development book is out (or very soon)!

Looks like the new PowerShell Development book from Wrox is out.  You can view the details HERE.

What's cool for everyone is that Wrox has made the source code available as a free download.  There are some comments in the source code also.  So, for people looking for more development examples, beyond the PowerShell SDK, you now have them.

This book assumes the reader has a relatively good base of C# experience.  I've written a cmdlet or two, and this book will definitely challenge me to go to the next level and beyond!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Microsoft event in Toronto: CCE

I'll be attending the Community Connection Event in Toronto on February 26th in the evening.  You can find more details HERE.

Basically, the event flow:

Intros - welcome and overview of the night.

State of the industry - perspective from CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society) & ICTC (Information & Communications Technology Council).

Technology Demo - showing some high value pieces of new technology and how they could be implemented into your environment with minimal change.

Community story - perspective on the impact that participating actively in your LOCAL community and the rewards it brings.

Learning Circles - a "vote with your feet" concept of discussing 5 topics with a facilitator and bringing back the groups findings to the larger group.

Social Networking - meet other experts and LOCAL resources to strengthen your support infrastructure LOCAL to you - in your community.

This will be an opportunity to meet more people from across Canada that are passionate about IT!

Windows PowerShell Virtual User Group Meeting #4

Windows PowerShell Virtual User Group Meeting #4

Time: Thursday, February 14th, 2008 at 12PM (noon) (New York time)
Place: Online via Live Meeting 2007

To sign up:

Registration site:
Event Code: 125038


This is our fourth virtual event.  Invited speakers that will talk about various PowerShell-related topics: Darren Mar-Elia (MVP), Richard Siddaway, Kirk Munro (MVP).

Speaker topics:
*Darren Mar-Elia (MVP): "Managing Group Policy with PowerShell"
*Richard Siddaway: "Windows Server 2008 and WMI"
*Kirk Munro (MVP): "Extending PowerGUI: How to create your own custom administrative console and share it as a PowerPack"

To join via Live Meeting:

Toll free number:
+1 (866) 268-4668
Participant code: 554037700

Unable to join the meeting?  Follow these steps:
1.Copy this address and paste into your web browser:
2.Copy and paste the required information:
Meeting ID: 3D96QT
Entry Code: W%.n}3w

12:00PM-12:10PM: Introduction
12:10PM-12:45PM: Darren Mar-Elia (MVP)
12:45PM-1:20PM:  Richard Siddaway
1:20PM-1:55PM:   Kirk Munro (MVP)
1.55PM-2:00PM:   Closing

*All details related to this event will be posted on

*This is delivered via Live Meeting 2007.  It is possible that you may have to download and install the Live Meeting 2007 client which can take possibly up to 10 minutes typically.

*This meeting will be done via phone conferencing.  I have several toll free numbers available.  Leave a comment on my blog if you need a toll-free number outside of North America, and I'll see if I can find one.

PowerGadgets, Shell Tools

2008 Winter Scripting Games: Invited to submit a solution

As part of the 2008 Winter Scripting Games, I have been asked to provide a solution to an event ahead of the "official" solution being posted.  My solution, along with comments, etc., will be posted on the site when the solution to the event is posted (when due according to the Games schedule).

I was chosen to answer event #8 in the advanced category.  Needless to say, I'm going to be using PowerShell to solve it.

Now, #8 has the 2nd highest number of points assigned to it (#10 being the highest), so it looks like I have some work to do!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Windows PowerShell Virtual User Group #3--VIDEOS ONLINE!

I held my 3rd virtual PowerShell user group meeting in January.  The details are HERE.

Finally, I have the videos online!  Each video is roughly 20MB in size.  I was forced to slice them up to be able to upload them to Skydrive.

*Marco Shaw: Introduction

*Lee Holmes (Microsoft): "PowerShell: Pragmatic Programming, and Everyday Automation"

*Karl Prosser (MVP): "Embrace the Admin Development model with agility by using tools and workflow that produce efficient, consistent results"

*Brandon Shell (MVP): "Custom Objects in PowerShell"

*Marco Shaw: Closing.

Friday, February 1, 2008

2008 Winter Scripting Games program!

A PDF guide to the 2008 Winter Scripting Games is now available HERE.

It contains: "a complete schedule of events; event descriptions; an FAQ that explains things like how to enter, and what to do if you think the Scripting Guys made a mistake when scoring one of your your submissions; a Trivia Test; and much more."

Get your game face on!

Microsoft Clustering blog has restarted

I was searching and noticed that the Clustering Team has announced HERE that they are restarting their blog.

The only stuff I've seen so far for scripts is with VBScript, but these are relatively easy to translate into PowerShell.