Yes my blog still exists and so do i…. :o)

Hello All,

I just realized it’s been nearly 2 years since i last posted here. I have made some moves and PowerShell is still very central to all that i do on a daily basis.

Lately i have really been digging into Desired State Configuration and I am prepping my talk for this month’s Tampa PowerShell User Group. I am going to discuss a project that I have been kicking through at work.
Securing a non-domain joined server via Desired State Configuration to mimic Group Policy Object Domain Joined Security.

Stay Tuned
-ScriptWarrior

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Welcome to my session…. please turn up your phone!

I have been meaning to get back to my much ignored blog so here goes 🙂

I took the reigns of the Tampa Bay Powershell User Group about 5 months ago now.  I have very much enjoyed firing the group back up and getting some traction back under this community in the Tampa area.

So why the Title of this post you may ask?…. One of the ground rules of my User Group is just as it reads above.

Turn your cellphone ringer UP not down when you come to the meeting.  In fact, i normally make an announcement that the person that gets the most work calls during the meeting will win a book or some other type of schwag.  Why you ask?  We all know that most of the people that come out to a Powershell User group are either interested in using Powershell or are already using it.  It is also assumed that they are likely Windows Admins on a IT Operations type team.

We all know what those 2 things mean…. ON CALL!.  If you are on call and you are getting calls during the user group then it’s obvious that you need Automation.  Powershell is no longer a fringe subject … it is now literally a necessity if you are in IT OPS or even Development.  There are just not enough hours in a day to deal with every situation that comes up manually.  Remote Desktop is not the way to manage windows infrastructure any more.

So… Turn your phone up and get the most obnoxious ring tone.  If your phone is ringing during my session…. You need Powershell most of all 🙂

— ScriptWarrior

DO YOU PAY ATTENTION?

Great read from the venerable Don Jones – take a look 🙂

Don Jones

This is going to be an odd post, I think. I’ve become… disquieted. Not upset, not concerned, just a bit at odds with something, and I’m not even sure how to clearly express it.

It’s about paying attention to details.

Now, I’m extremely detail-focused. Clinically so. Possibly pathologically. But I feel I have to be; it’s easy enough to make mistakes (and I make plenty) if you’re not paying attention, and in my industry a single mistyped character can break things in pretty awful ways. So I think detail is important to what we do.

So I’m a bit amazed at the folks in my industry – presumably folks just as concerned with detail as myself – who have remarkably little grasp of detail. For example, I got an e-mail from someone the other day who was trying to find my “Learn PowerShell at Lunchtime” book. He’d read about it…

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MS TechEd 2012 Day 2 Recap

Hello again from MS TechEd 2012. 

Yesterday (Day 2) was another exciting and exhausting day.  The sessions were top notch as usual and yesterday was a bit more System Center focused for me.  My current responsibilities at my job “encouraged” me to venture into the System Center talks.  I have to say that having used SCCM and SCOM in the past, the 2012 versions look promising to say the least.  The Orchestrator product is the automation piece that i feel has been missing a long time in the system center platform.  Microsoft has really knocked it out of the park with that product and better yet…. it all runs on top of Powershell and just uses SCCM and SCOM for the plubming.  BRILLIANT! 

Last night was also an amazing time.  We had a commmunity event from 6-9 that was just fabulous.  I split time between the Server 2012 tables and the Powershell Area.  The Server 2012 tables was also the area for System Center and the Microsoft Reps were very knowledgable and had great tips and tricks.  Then once I was able to finally decipher the table layout, I found my Powershell peeps.  Sitting around a table with the likes of Ed and Teresa Wilson, Jeff Hicks, Bo Prox and Jason Hofferly was just an amazing experience.  Those guys have such a vast array of knowledge that is all tied together by this single paassion.  It is really amazing how Powershell allows AD guys to talk shop with SQL guys and Group Policy Admins to talk geek with Developers.  Powershell, I feel, has really bridged the gap that siloed Microsoft Technologies for far too long. 

After hours was not without it’s fun either.  Catching up with some Microsoft buddies and talking shop over a cold one is never a bad time.  Spent some time with the Tampa IT Pro Evangelist Blain Barton and some of this cronies.  He is a class act and is by far one of the most personable Technical Resources I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with. 

It was a very long but fulfilling day and now we are already into day 3.  More to come!  The takeaway from all this…. If you can attend one of these events DO IT!  It it very much worth it 🙂

Till Next Time – ScriptWarrior OUT!

MSTECHED 2012 Day 1!

Hellllooooo from TechEd 2012! 

It was a very exciting and eventful day 1 at MS TechEd.  I was able to attend …. wait for it…. count them…. 3 full sessions by the venerable DON JONES!  The Obi Wan Kenobi of Powershell.  To top that, 2 of the sessions included Jeffrey Snover.  The Yoda of Powershell!  Seeing the two of them on the same stage and interacting was an honor and truly the force was strong.  I know this all sounds pretty corny but, when you are passionate about something and you are able to get in a room with the creator and the greatest teacher of the most powerful Admin tool around right now… it’s a bit to get exicted about.  🙂

Let me not forget to mention that I also had an the incredible pleasure to catch up with other Powershell movers and shakers, like Ed and Teresa Wilson aka the Scripting Guy and Scripting Wife.  Scripting Wife is such a class act and really took the time to reconnect and chat.  She is awesome.  If you are at the event make sure to check out their Scripting Guys booth.  It’s amazing and very near the MS Geek Lounge. 

Gotta say that the local MS boys knocked it out of the park with this area.  It’s actually where I am writing this post right now.  The setup and couches are awesome and by far one of the most comfortable areas and booths to visit.

Well there will be more to follow tomorrow as I get to some of the System Center 2012 and SCOM sessions and really get my learn on.

Till then — ScriptWarrior OUT!

Tampa Windows Azure Boot Camp – WOOT

Jonathon Wurm from SumoSoftware and I attended the Azure Windows Boot Camp at USF in Tampa today.  I have to say, as usual, these community type events are incredible opportunities to get some free training from people that really know their stuff.  I have presented at IT Camp Saturday, which is a similar type of event with the caveat being that it was a bit more broad on topics.  So here is a previous speakers take on how this great Boot Camp was run.

The “Boot Camp” architecture of this event is great.  It’s very much like a lower level (100 to 200 level) deep dive and it’s wait for it……… FREE!  It consists of a single track of sessions that are varied on subject matter but all tied by the common theme.  Just so happens that today was Windows Azure.

The USF campus is a great location and they really stepped forward to make this a very pleasurable day.  The wifi access was adequate and simple to get connected, and the room was plenty big with great A/V setup.  The sound is typically the one wildcard in these types of events.  Often the presentations take place in a normal classroom and the speakers tend to have to speak very loudly to get through their presentation, believe me I speak from experience.  Here with over 60 attendees in the audience the A/V Microphone-Speaker setup seemed to make the Content Experts very comfortable as they deployed their presentations.  All in all a truly great venue.

It was also awesome to see my good friend and Microsoft  MVP Jason Milgram of Linxter in the house.  He was actually one of the major architects of this event.  Great Job Jason!

Links Section:

http://www.Linxter.com

http://www.SumoSoftware.com