Sessions

    • PowersHELL: Avoiding Version Chaos in a Multi-Version PowerShell World
      PowersHELL: Avoiding Version Chaos in a Multi-Version PowerShell World Beginning in Windows PowerShell 5.0, you can install multiple versions of the same module on the same computer; even in the same directory. Open source and PowerShellGet have revolutionized the availability of modules and Windows PowerShell 5.0+ will be continuously updated with Windows. The result is a myriad of interlocking parts with far more potential for conflicts in name, version, and functionality. When you run a command, how do you guarantee that you're running the command that you intend, instead of a command with the same name in a different module or a different version of the same

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    • Azure Resource Manager Templates: DSC for the Microsoft Cloud
      Azure Resource Manager Templates: DSC for the Microsoft Cloud Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration provides a great system for deploying and managing configuration data on servers in your environment; physical or virtual, on-prem., hosted, or in the cloud. Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is Microsoft’s “new” management interface for their public cloud. Azure Resource Manager Templates provide a declarative DSC like method for implementing your private cloud infrastructure. While it lacks the capability to build custom resource definitions, ARM and Azure Service Management’s  deep integrations with PowerShell give an easy way to bridge nearly all t

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    • Using Azure Desired State Configuration 
      Using Azure Desired State Configuration  PowerShell MVP Will Anderson takes you through the use of Azure's Desired State Configuration to deliver VM deployment solutions in the cloud that conform to your organizations' requirements. Learn how to integrate Azure DSC into Azure Automation tasks to simplify operational deployments and maintain conformity in the cloud space, while being able to rapidly deploy systems as needed.

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    • Write Your Very First DSC Resource
      Write Your Very First DSC Resource Desired State Configuration (DSC) is the new awesomeness in PowerShell.  However, to use DSC you have to have a resource that configures the desired setting.  This session will demonstrate how easily you can write your very own DSC resource.  We will go into the details of using the xDscResourceDesigner to create the template for a resource, walk through the Get, Test, and Set-TargetResource functions, and cover best practices.  After the session you will have seen a DSC resource developed from start to finish.

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    • Harvesting the Web:  Using PowerShell to Scrape Screens, Exploit Web Services and Save Time… Even If You Don’t Know PowerShell or Web Services!
      Harvesting the Web:  Using PowerShell to Scrape Screens, Exploit Web Services and Save Time… Even If You Don’t Know PowerShell or Web Services! For many IT pros, our days start with the same activity:  surfing to catch up.  We skim our Twitter feeds, view and perhaps download The Picture of the Day from some amazing photo site, check the weather, peek at eBay to see if that prized item is selling under $100 yet, or whatever.  That's great, but what isn't so great is the fact that most of us are gathering those data the same way we've been doing it for it for twenty years -- by clicking around in a web browser.  Hey, it's the 21st century, and IT pros hoping to remain employed are automating things, so it's time to turn The Robot Hand

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    • Getting Started with Classes in PowerShell v5
      Getting Started with Classes in PowerShell v5 In the session we will look at the new functionality to implement .NET classes and enums in PowerShell v5. Through several demos we will explore the technical details of how this is done and learn why classes are an important addition to the PowerShell language.

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    • My Five Favorite Things About PowerShell
      My Five Favorite Things About PowerShell There is a lot to like about PowerShell 5.0. Lots and lots of stuff. But hidden amongst the much published blockbuster features are some simple things that may be easily overlooked. But the intrepid scripter overlooks them to their detriment. In this session Ed Wilson, the Microsoft Scripting Guy, talks about five new features in Windows PowerShell 5.0 that he uses on a daily basis to make his life and his scripts easier. Check it out, the ROI for this session is high.

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    • Unbelievably Easy DSC Using OMS
      Unbelievably Easy DSC Using OMS Both Windows PowerShell 4.0 and 5.0 feature Desired State Configuation as key strategic features. But the barrier to entry is a bit high for the harried network administrator. Wouldn’t it be great if one could harness the power of DSC in a simple, easy to use point and click environment? Well you can, and in this session, Ed Wilson, the Microsoft Scripting Guy shows you how to harness DSC from within Microsoft’s latest way cool product – Operations Management Suite. It is fun, powerful, and easy to use.

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    • Top Five Questions Customers Ask About PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)
      Top Five Questions Customers Ask About PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) Get your PowerShell DSC questions answered in this session. What is this and how can it help me? Should I use a push or a pull server? How do I secure the content? Does this work with Windows Server 2008 R2? Where can I get more information?

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    • Troubleshooting and Debugging DSC
      Troubleshooting and Debugging DSC How do you troubleshoot the DSC "black box" process on a remote system? How can you find that blue verbose scroll output from a silent pull scenario? Learn how to mine DSC event log goodness with the xDscDiagnostics module and how to do live DSC remote debugging in this session.

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    • Creating A Reporting System by Integrating System Center Using PowerShell as an Integration Tool
      Creating A Reporting System by Integrating System Center Using PowerShell as an Integration Tool In this session, we will explore new tools and methods for enhancing the capabilities of Microsoft SCCM 2012 through the use of PowerShell. We will explore methods for transforming an application deployment into other functions, such as a full-fledged reporting system, through the use of PowerShell custom application detection methods. I will also demonstrate my latest deployment module which makes packaging an application a breeze, along with error reporting and verification of build-application installation.

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    • Deploying and Managing Nano Server with Windows PowerShell and the DeployImage Module
      Deploying and Managing Nano Server with Windows PowerShell and the DeployImage Module Nano Server is possibly the coolest technology ever to be released from Microsoft (of course, except for PowerShell). Sit down and grab your note taking devices while Sean “The EnergizedTech” shows you a new module available to ease not only the Deployment of Nano Server, but also allows you to easily create the necessary bootable media with minimal to no fuss.

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    • Testing PowerShell with Pester
      Testing PowerShell with Pester Originally developed by PowerShell MVP Scott Muc, Pester is a BDD (Behavior Driven Development) based test for PowerShell. Available on GitHub for PowerShell versions 2-4, this suite is now included with PowerShell version 5. Come join me for a guided tour of Pester starting with the basics and concluding with some advanced scenarios aimed at demonstrating the value of this testing suite.

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    • Conceptualizing DSC Using Your Own Configuration Scripts
      Conceptualizing DSC Using Your Own Configuration Scripts Still trying to get your head around Desired State Configuration? Start with what you know! Microsoft MVP Will Anderson takes you through learning to build DSC configurations using scripts that you've already created. In this mega-session, you'll learn: Why DSC is important when it comes to auditing, compliance, and enforcement. To familiarize yourself with the DSC declarative language format. Create, modify, test, and deploy a DSC configuration. Find and import community sourced resources. Understand how DSC resources work.

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    • Getting Started with PowerShell
      Getting Started with PowerShell PowerShell, Wait, Huh, What? Do I have to? If you work in IT managing systems, or you do repetitive tasks, it would be best to learn PowerShell. Heads up! This session will get you started from the entry level of not knowing PowerShell to being able to write your very first cmdlet. Hey it’s all about taking that first step. We will then look at how you can gather information from the Shell and go on to working with objects like files and users maybe even the datacenter deploying a few systems. So whether you are entry-level IT Pro, IT Career Student or even a 1st Level Help Desk Support

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    • Tackling PowerShell
      Tackling PowerShell So you are learning PowerShell, but how do you handle some of the problems that you are running into? This session will focus on how to tackle learning PowerShell and improving your effectiveness with useful tips learned from my own personal experiences learning and teaching PowerShell. We’ll cover both hard and soft skills to help you better understand, learn, and master key concepts of PowerShell.

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    • PowerShell for Office 365
      PowerShell for Office 365 Are you an Office 365 IT administrator who is new to PowerShell? Are you looking for an Office 365 admin tool to automate repetitive administrative tasks? Or perhaps you are looking to access additional capabilities that aren't available in the Office 365 Admin Center? Then PowerShell for Office 365 is for you. In this session I will cover the basics of using PowerShell with Office 365 for daily administrative tasks. And administrative tasks that can only be done with PowerShell.

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