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PowerShell in Action – June 2nd @ Microsoft Burlington, MA

PowerShell in Action

PowerShell in Action – June 2, 2017 – Microsoft Burlington

Join us for a day of PowerShell.  Just as it is a tool for you to do amazing things, we are going to use it as a tool to explore amazing technologies.  If you are looking to learn PowerShell, we have an entire track dedicated for you.  If you already know the basics, go deep and learn more in our full professional track.  There will be sessions on Azure, Containers, Nano Server, and hands-on lab sessions where you will be able to put the practices you learn to use on your own equipment.  Don’t forget to Bring a laptop and power supply.  Also, for security to get in the building, you will need to present an official ID.

Whether you are on the Dev or the Ops side, there is plenty here to learn.

Purpose: Introduce and Dive Deep into PowerShell leveraging the latest and greatest technologies such as Windows Server 2016, Office 365, Nano Server, Containers, DevOps, Azure Cloud

Target Audience: Those that work in the IT sector.

  1. Professional System Administrators, security professionals, virtualization professionals, or others that are part of the “Operations” side of the business.
  2. Developers (generally enterprise, but all are welcome) who want to learn how they can make their life better by learning PowerShell, Containers, DevOps and other technologies
  3. Those that what to learn introduction or deep dive on the technologies covered in this event.
  4. Early career IT or Dev

Audience Expectations: Learn about PowerShell and how to leverage PowerShell for managing,  automating other technologies that are growing rapidly.  Most of the content presented will have some element or lessons in PowerShell. Take home the lab guide, a USB drive with all content and scripts.

 

Platinum Sponsor: Microsoft 

Microsoft

 


Keynote Presentation by: Tim Mangan

A Walk-through of a real-world example of PowerShell to automate VM Management and application packaging

Tim ManganThe Windows ADK for the 1703 release includes PowerShell based scripts for automation in a Hyper-V environment. Although intended for App-V packaging, these scripts make a great example for general automation of VMs including the following:

  • OS Image creation
  • Unattended VM creation and OS installation
  • Creating a local account in the VM and enabling remote management
  • Setting VM Parameters (ex: memory, CPU, NIC, AutoStart)
  • Creating a checkpoint
  • Reverting and starting the VM
  • Copying files into the VM and injecting commands

Event Information

We will focus on Automating via PowerShell but also cover DevOps practices, Containers, Windows Server 2016 Nano and how Azure helps deliver and leverage all of these technologies. There will be a fee to cover expenses (USB drives, Drawing prizes, Snacks, Drinks, Lab Guides, etc.) (equivalent to other all day classes for $1200).  Wow, we landed a great partner and sponsor, Microsoft!  As a result, we are now able to offer a new reduced Price,  $25.00!!!! (was $50).  Still looking for other sponsors too 🙂

All Attendees Will Get

  • A full day of training on PowerShell and many other great and new technologies
  • USB Thumbdrive with all content scripts, slides, additional resources, etc.
  • Printed and bound Lab Guide so you can do more labs on your own
  • Door prizes and the opportunity to win great drawing prizes

Overall breakdown of the day…

  • Introductions
  • Keynote: Tim Mangan
  • Breakouts (two tracks): Professional | Getting Started
  • Lunch & Hands-On Labs (Thanks to Microsoft)
  • Hands-On Labs
  • Raffle Drawing Prizes

All-Star Speaker Lineup …

  • Tim Mangan
  • Gene Laisne
  • Robert Borges
  • Dan Stolts
  • Lee Benjamin
  • Warren Frame
  • Bill Wilder
  • Jason Haley
  • Jeffery Hicks
  • More…

Topics and Technologies…

  • PowerShell
  • Containers
  • Hyper-V
  • Nano Server
  • PowerShell on Linux
  • Azure
  • Docker
  • DevOps
  • Office365

 

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Top 10 Reasons User Groups are Good for Both You and Your Employer

Attending user group meetings can have many benefits to both you and your employer. Not all necessary skills and knowledge are gained simply from job experience and education alone. In addition to on-the-job training, an employee will garner much needed information from experts in the field and in turn add value to their employer when they apply the new skills. As an employer, the investment in your employee’s skills and training will give you an invaluable return on investment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sign Up for BizSpark and Get a Free MSDN Account

If you are interested in doing any programming, or are a recent startup then you will want to pay close attention to this one. The Microsoft BizSpark program is designed for individuals and startups that want to develop applications for the web, Windows Phone, or Windows. This program is absolutely FREE, and they give you a free MSDN account for three years. The software in this account can be used to create development environments, testing labs, and even production use. Microsoft started this program a few years back to try to help reduce (or eliminate) the software costs of being a startup in this terrible economy. Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1

It has been an incredible start to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Series.  Here is brief summary of the 9 posts we covered so far… Read the rest of this entry »

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Free eBook: Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals

Continuing a spree of free eBooks, Microsoft has done it again. This time they have released Mitch Tulloch’s “Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals”. This book covers not only web sites and databases, but also the new IaaS Virtual Machine offerings. Below are the download links for PDF, ePub, and MOBI formats. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free eBook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release

The past few years Microsoft has been on a trend of releasing free eBooks to the IT-Pro and Developer community. These are a good free way to stay ahead of the curve and learn what’s new in the newest version of Windows Read the rest of this entry »

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Microsoft’s TechNet Subscription Service is Going Away for Good

Microsoft

Microsoft has announced today that they will be discontinuing the TechNet Subscription program. Microsoft’s TechNet Subscription Program is a paid program which allows partners to download full copies of most software titles to be used for lab or testing purposes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Technology Writing: Overcoming the Fear

As an expert in your field you may feel that you know everything there is to know about a particular technology, but are unable to concisely write about what you know.  Whether you’re describing the latest features of Windows 8 or writing about server migrations, it’s essential that your writing clearly illustrates all of your points. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals

imageMicrosoft Press has released the final edition of Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals.   This book covers topics such as Windows 8 deployment, security system recovery, delivering Windows apps, management, IE 10, and of course virtualization using Hyper-V for Windows 8.

This eBook is available in PDF (Adobe Reader), MOBI (Kindle), and ePub formats.  You can download the book from the Microsoft Press MSDN Blog.

Thank you Microsoft for another free eBook!

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Learning Tools & Resources from Microsoft

On many occasions I have had people ask me “Where can I learn about Microsoft’s product X”, or “Is there anywhere I can go to get free training”. Well, here is a list of just a few of the resources Microsoft provides to us all so we can get educated and try out many software titles before making an investment. Read the rest of this entry »

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