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Register for PowerShell Deep Dive

PowerShell Deep Dive 2011 Conference LogoIn case you have not seen the announcement yet, PowerShell team and community is putting together the first ever PowerShell conference, April 17-19 in Las Vegas!

This is going to be the first and most concentrated PowerShell conference ever with a dozen sessions on various PowerShell topics likes remoting, proxy functions and so on, plus a bunch of sessions on managing various platforms with PowerShell: Exchange, SharePoint, Office 365, Forefront Identity Manager, Hyper-V and so on.

These sessions will take place on Monday and Tuesday (April 18 and 19). For those who can come a day early, on Sunday (April 17) morning there will be a pre-conference hands on PowerShell bootcamp – 4 hours of intense PowerShell lab training to get you up to speed before the advanced topics kick in on Monday.

And there is going to be a scripting night party on Monday night.

And direct access to the key members of the PowerShell team including Jeffrey Snover, Lee Holmes, Bruce Payette, Kenneth Hansen.

Is that compelling or not? 🙂

If it is, I would recommend registering sooner rather then later. Attendance is going to be limited to 100 attendees only – so don’t wait too long before registering.

I have already registered, so has Kirk Munro – so there is going to be a good representation from PowerGUI and AD cmdlets side for sure. 😉

Read more about the conference:

Hope to see you there! Register today and spread the news!

Video: Automating GPO with PowerShell

Darren‘s “Automating Group Policy Management” session from DEC 2008 got posted on YouTube:

In the session Darren shows both VBScript and PowerShell ways of managing Group Policy – and he is using currently available APIs (including the free GPO cmdlets that his SDM Software produced) – so you don’t have to wait for Windows Server 2008 R2 to start using Darren’s scripts. Check it out!

P.S. Quite a few sessions from DEC 2008 got posted recently – check them all out here.

As I mentioned, TEC 2009 (they renamed it to TEC – The Experts Conference because of the Exchange track added) is going to have a lot more PowerShell and huge amount of new information on the latest directory, identity management, messaging, and cloud-related technologies from Microsoft. I myself has already registered for the event so hopefully will see you there. 😉

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PowerShell at DEC 2009

Looks like agenda for DEC 2009 (March 22-25) is almost settled by now – and it does have a few PowerShell sessions in there: Darren Mar-Elia (who gave the PowerShell world GPO management!) and Brian Desmond (another well-known AD MVP) are both going to present various tips and tricks on AD management with PowerShell.

I love DEC (DEC 2007 was one of the first conferences where AD cmdlets were first demoed by Richard in his PowerShell talk). If you are in AD/Identity Management world this is the conference to attend. The content is very deep and the peers you meet are very knowledgeable. Just check out the speaker line-up and the agenda so far.

This year they are also adding a whole new subconference on Exchange and messaging – hence the name change from DEC to TEC – which means more agenda conflicts if you are into both. 😉 Rob Allen is giving a PowerShell talk over there.

For those of us preferring Berlin to Vegas – there’s TEC Europe in September (obviously next September).

The early bird discounts seem to still apply. Register now and see you at the event!

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Austin’s DEC PowerShell Dinner Pictures

Austin has just started uploading some of the pictures he took at DEC last week to his Flickr stream. This is a useful source of visual information of who is who in the PowerShell world (unfortunately not comprehensive because not everyone made it to the conference).

Scotty, Deji, me, onion rings, and Richard

Scotty, Dung, me, onion rings, and Richard

Robert and Rene from PowerGadgets

Robert and Rene from PowerGadgets

Rolf, Austin, his wife, and fragments of other guys

Rolf, Austin, his wife, and fragments of other guys

Rene, Alex’s hand, Shawn, and Jackson

Rene, Alex’s hand, Shawn, and Jackson

Here’s the entrire feed (including shots from the conference itself so you know it was not all just dinner.)

Anyway, this was a great show for PowerShell and a really nice dinner (PowerShell bus was incredibly cool!)

Was good to finally meet a lot of the guys face to face!

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AD provider vs. AD cmdlets

Richard has interesting considerations in his blog about AD provider potentially being too dangerous as its use might be error-prone, so someone could type del * without understanding the current context and thus the consequences.

When we started working on our AD cmdlets we surely had a lot of discussions of the approach to take: cmdlets or provider. Frankly, we didn’t think of this danger of inadvertent AD changes that Richard mentions. We picked cmdlets as a way to give administrators more intuitive and functional commands to accomplish their tasks.

You see if you want add an account to a group it is probably more natural for you to type something like: add-groupmember than to use file-system metaphor for this not file-system-related task. Cmdlets also make the functionality more discoverable with tab-completion letting you easily see what parameters are available for that particular command on that particular object.

Does this mean that cmdlets are always a better choice though?

I am not sure really. I still think that being able to use the provider to browse AD, cd into OUs, dir their contents, etc. – is very impressive and in fact highly intuitive.

I guess bottom-line is that it is great that both projects exist and both are available as free downloads.

In his DEC session by the way Richard demoed how you can use those together piping out provider output into AD cmdlets. That was pretty cool. Richard promised to publish his demo transcript in his blog later on – if you could not attend his DEC session make sure you grab the transcript once it gets published.

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PowerShell at DEC next week

Let me know if you are at the Directory Experts Conference in Vegas next week – it will be a good place to get together and sync-up!

It looks like PowerShell is going to be pretty big on this DEC. On Tuesday Dung Hoang-Khac from HP will give a PowerShell introduction session which will then be followed by an AD-specific session by Richard Siddaway from UK PowerShell User Group (aka get-psukug). Danny Kim from Full Armor will also have PowerShell section in his presentation related to the GPO and workflow stuff they are doing. Pretty good representation of the technology for a directory conference!

More importantly on Tuesday night everyone mentioned above as well as a few more guys from the UK user group, Quest’s AD cmdlets team, and folks from PowerGadgets are planning to get together for a PowerShell dinner.

If you are at the conference and you are a part of the PowerShell community maybe you should join the group. Send me an email or leave a comment with a way to get in touch with you (or find me at DEC) so I make sure we have a place reserved for you.

See you at DEC!

Dmitry

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