July 8, 2014 Meeting

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Hope you had a great 4th of July holiday!
 
Last month's meeting was a great exchange of information - from various ways to use custom objects to leveraging PowerShell when fighting malware. I have a couple of scripts that I'll be adding to the Scripts page - be sure to check them out.

This month we'll be talking about error handling. Bring your tips, tricks and trials to share!

This is the last month at our current location. We have a couple of options for where we meet - this will be your chance to weigh in on your preference for future meeting locations.

Please RSVP here so we have an accurate count for food & beverage.

June 10th, 2014 Meeting

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I'm so bummed I missed Derek's presentation in May! I've heard some great things about his session on the PowerShell summit.
 
Here are the links that he's shared:

And his presentation from last month can be found here!

June's topic will be on using custom objects and creating custom formats.

We'll be meeting at the Center for Professional Development @ ITT Tech (Benchmark), 4510 W. 77th Street, Edina MN.

Social time at 4:30, meeting starts at 5:00.

Please RSVP here so we have an accurate count for refreshments.

See you then!

- Lu

April 8, 2014 Meeting

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Last month's script club had some great discussion and plenty of ideas on how to work with launching a second PowerShell instance with administrative rights. The eBook winner was Johnny L.
 
Be sure to join us for next Tuesday's meeting on Self-Service Automation.
 
Tim Curwick will be talking about "Using PowerShell to build Self-Service IT Automation".  Topics will include leveraging SharePoint as a front end user-interface and/or back-end database, working with workflows, and using an email interface.  Tim is author of the blog MadWithPowerShell.com, and is currently consulting at General Mills, converting their IT automation to a PowerShell-based system.
 
Our meeting location is the Center for Professional Development @ ITT Technical Institute (formerly Benchmark Learning), 4510 W. 77th Street, Edina, MN.
 
Please RSVP here so we can plan for food & drinks.
 
Looking forward to seeing you there! 
 
Lu

February 11, 2014 Meeting

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We had a great turnout last month to hear about .NET objects from Tim Curwick (madwithpowershell.com). Last month's ebook winner was Todd B. Congrats!
 
Join us for the February 11th Twin Cities PowerShell User Group meeting. The topic is automated deployment using PowerShell scripts and XML files.

What is possible when your hardware is ‘virtual’?  See how Cisco’s UCS PowerTool allows for complete control of the hardware configuration and deployment.  Over 1700 cmdlets that you can start using in a matter of minutes with basic PowerShell experience.  Tim Cerling, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer, will present his experiences in creating automated deployment scripts based on the work he does in developing Microsoft Private Cloud solutions on Cisco UCS Hardware.  Agenda includes the following:

-       Introductory overview of UCS

-       Introduction to Cisco UCS PowerTool,  Cisco’s PowerShell module

-       Automated deployments driven by XML files and PowerShell

Tim Cerling is a Technical Marketing Engineer with Cisco’s Datacenter Group, focusing on delivering customer-driven solutions on Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center products.  Tim has been in the IT business since 1973.  He started working with Windows NT 3.5 on the DEC Alpha product line during his 19 year tenure with DEC, and he has continued working with Windows Server technologies since then with Compaq, Microsoft, and now Cisco.  During his twelve years as a Windows Server specialist at Microsoft, he co-authored a book on Microsoft virtualization technologies – Mastering Microsoft Virtualization.  Tim holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Iowa.

Please RSVP here so we have a good estimate for refreshments.

Hope to see you then!

Lu

PowerShell v4 DSC Feature

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On of our members, Tim Plas, Principal Consultant at Virteva, wrote this blog post which expresses the potential of this feature very well.

While I expect that Microsoft's intention for this capability is to make it easier to provision systems in your cloud - whether hosted privately or publicly - the possibilities for the traditional IT shop are just as great.

Thanks, Tim, for sharing!

 

Lu

May 13th, 2014 Meeting

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A big thanks to Tim Curwick for his presentation last month! And congrats to Kent on being the eBook winner for April.

This month's meeting will be a bit of a combo. One of our members was able to attend the PowerShell Summit and will be sharing his experience.

With the time remaining, we'll be sharing and discussing any and all scripts the group brings in to share, including VDI builds, DFS file share creation, and file unzipping.

Be sure to RSVP here so we have a good count for refreshments! We'll be at the Center for Professional Development (Benchmark Learning), 4510 W. 77th Street in Edina. Doors open at 4:30 with the meeting starting at 5:00.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

March 11, 2014 Meeting

Written by Lu Patrick on .

Thanks to Tim Cerling for a great presentation last month. The possibilities for PowerShell just keep getting better!

Congrats to Chad E as last month's book winner.

We'll be having a script club meeting this month. Bring your scripting successes and challenges to share with the group.

Please RSVP here so we have a good count for food and beverages.

Hope to see you Tuesday!

 

Lu

January 14, 2014 Meeting

Written by Lu Patrick on .

Happy 2014!

The December meeting was a great exchange of ideas and tips. Tim C. was our ebook drawing winner.

At the January meeting, Tim Curwick, from MadWithPowerShell.com, will speak on two topics.  In "Understanding the .Net objects in your PowerShell script", he will explore and explain the .Net objects that are part of everything PowerShell, and the chocolately goodnes they contain which we can use to sweeten our scripts.  Then in "I'm not lazy; I'm optimizing my resources," he will delve into "why we script" and use that to inform "how we script", thus simplifying scripting decisions for holistically optimizing systems and varity of other buzzwords.

We'll be meeting at Benchmark Learning, 4510 W. 77th Street in Edina, MN. Doors open at 4:30, meeting will get started at 5:00. Please RSVP here by noon 1/14/14 so we can plan for refreshments. We will not be offering this meeting remotely.

Hope to see you on Tuesday!

Lu