MS Fest Prague 2016 – Short Recap

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at MS Fest in Prague. This was the second year in a row for me that I was speaking at this event and it was once again great to attend and to have the opportunity to meet with people from the other side of Europe.

During the conference I did talked about PowerShell security in which I discussed the different kinds of logging that are available in PowerShell and how they can be utilized to find out what is happening on your system. Furthermore we went into Ransomware, what it is, how it operators and what we can do about it.

My slides and code are, as always, available on my GitHub account:

GitHub – Jaap Brasser – Events – MS Fest Praha

To give you an impression of the event I have included some photos taken during MS Fest:

 

9th DuPSUG Meeting – Ninth time is the charm

The 9th Dutch PowerShell User Group meeting, almost exactly four years after our very first meeting. First of all I would like to thank everyone involved, speakers, IPsoft and our attendees for making this event into a success. We announced this event just 6 days before it was actually held and we were at full capacity within two days. A great show of community involvement which was definitely present during the evening.

During the event we had the following  three speakers and sessions:

Speaker Session
Aleksandar Nikolić Just Enough Administration (JEA), a New Solution for Delegated Administration
Flynn Bundy Getting started with Windows Server Containers
Jaap Brasser Read the Friendly PowerShell Logs

The event was hosted and generously sponsored by IPsoft and the following photos will give you an impression of the event:

We have also created a separate repository on the DuPSUG GitHub account which has all available presentations:

9TH DUPSUG MEETING

During the evening Thierry Cailleau once provided us with live reports of the content being presented including notes and links in our Slack channel, dupsug.slack.com. Feel free to join us there to catch up on the details of the evening.

We hope to see you again in the next year as we have many more events planned in 2017!

PowerShell Conference Asia 2016 wrap-up

Last weekend we wrapped up the PowerShell Conference Asia 2016 in Singapore and it was a great event. I had the opportunity to speak at the event and present a number of sessions. This year we had a healthy mix of PowerShell, DevOps and everything else. The crowd was very engaging, so if you attended the PSConfAsia 2016: “Thank you for being a great crowd!”.

I would like to give a big shout-out to Milton Goh, Matthew Hitchcock, Sebastian Szumigalski, Ravikanth Chaganti and Benjamin Hodge for putting this event together with the support of the sponsors of the event. It was a great opportunity for myself to interact with the PowerShell community in Asia and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Here are some picture to give you an impression of the event:

I presented and/or recording the following sessions for the conference:

Furthermore I was asked to co-host the Arrested Devops Podcast, which was a new and fun experience for me.

For more information here are the links to the PowerShell Conference Asia website, my GitHub repo and to the Twitter hashtag:

PowerShell Conference Asia 2016
Slide decks and code
PowerShell Conference Asia
#PSConfAsia

Renewed as Microsoft MVP

Last Saturday I received an email from Microsoft that I have been renewed as a Cloud and Datacenter MVP. This year was my first renewal so obviously I am very happy that my contributions over the past year have been rewarded in this fantastic way.

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I would like to thank everyone in the technical communities I have participated and contributed to, as I would not have been able to do this by myself. Through your participation, contributions, feedback and comments I have been able to grow and share my technical expertise.

Over the past year I have joined many more communities and participated in numerous events and I look forward to many more interactions with everyone over the coming year. Feel free to contact me if you would like me to speak at any events you are organizing. My contacts details are listed on my About page, or leave a comment below this post.

Recap of Dutch PowerShell Saturday September 2016

Last weekend we gathered for yet another PowerShell Saturday, this time hosted in Amsterdam by IPsoft who generously provided us with the space to hold our meeting. This was the second time we organized the PowerShell Saturday event and it was nice to see that once again we had a great turnout. Not the least because of the great line up of speakers, during the event we had the following four speakers:

Speaker Session
Flynn Bundy Nano Server – The Future is Now
Javy de Koning Optimizing code for collaboration
Matthew Hodgkins Chatops with PowerShell
Irwin Strachan OVF – Pester for SysAdmins

During the event we took a number of pictures to give you an impression of event:

During the event Thierry Cailleau provided us with live reports of the content being presented including notes and links in our Slack channel, dupsug.slack.com. Feel free to join us there to catch up on the details of the day or if you have any questions regarding the content that was shared during PowerShell Saturday.

After a full morning and afternoon of presentations we continued on with the Open Stage, this is the section of the PowerShell Saturday where we will have room for several short presentations, the opportunity to share something interesting you have found out when working with PowerShell and a moment to discuss common issues. In which both me and Flynn shared some ideas on Docker and exporting PowerShell objects as binary streams.

For the full list of materials shared during the event and the open stage please refer to this overview of links:

Links in this article
Flynn Bundy DevBlog
Javy de Koning – Optimizing code for collaboration
Matthew Hodgkins – ChatOps presentation
Matthew Hodgkins – Hubot DSC Resource / PSHubotDocker
ChatOps – Managing Operations in Group Chat
Irwin Strachan – OVF – Pester for SysAdmins
Dutch PowerShell User Group – DuPSUG

 

I am speaking at PowerShell Conference Asia 2016!

I am happy to announce that I have been accepted as a speaker at the PowerShell Conference Asia in Singapore! I will be presenting two sessions and I will do joint session together with Jason Yoder. I will be presenting on the following topics:

  • Securing PowerShell to defeat malware
  • Creating better reports using PowerShell
  • PowerShell pre-conference session with Jason Yoder

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The PowerShell Conference Asia is held in Singapore for the second year this year and I am happy to once again be a part of this event. To cite the psconf.asia website:

“Join us for the second PowerShell Conference Asia, held in Singapore, where PowerShell speakers from Asia and around the world come together to bring attendees in-depth PowerShell and DevOps content.

Speakers include 4 members of the PowerShell team from Microsoft headquarters in Redmond and a strong line-up of MVPs, well-known international speakers, and community contributors. They’ll cover in-depth topics on the PowerShell language and how you can use PowerShell to automate the technologies you use every day.”

If you are interested in joining the conference or if you would like to know more about it, visit the website, follow @psconfasia on Twitter or join our Slack group psconfasia.slack. See you in Singapore!

Dutch PowerShell User Group – Featuring the Microsoft Scripting Guy

Last week as DuPSUG we organized another Dutch PowerShell User Group meetup with no one less than the Microsoft Scripting guy presenting two sessions at our humble event. The event was sponsored by: Methos

During the event we had the following sessions and speakers:

Speaker Session
Scripting Guy Ed’s 5 favorite things about PowerShell 5.0
Ben Gelens Start-NewEra.ps1 –Repo PowerShell
Jaap Brasser Testing in PowerShell – Unit testing, Integration testing and Operational Tests
Rob Sewel PowerShell PowerBi and SQL – Reducing your DBA’s Context Switching
Scripting Guy Conf Mgmt with Azure Automation DSC – Cloud & On-Prem, Windows & Linux
Jeff Wouters Azure Resource Manager – Make it so!

I have also created a repository for this event that contains all the presentations as they have been provided to me by the presenters:

GitHub – DuPSUG – DuPSUG008

Aside from the speakers and the sessions themselves, in the audience we had an additional 3 PowerShell MVPs visiting the event, bringing up the total to six:

For more information about the topics in this article please visit the links below:

Links in this article
Start-NewEra.ps1 –Repo PowerShell
Testing in PowerShell – Unit testing, Integration testing and Operational Tests
PowerShell PowerBi and SQL – Reducing your DBA’s Context Switching
Dutch PowerShell User Group – DuPSUG
GitHub – DuPSUG – DuPSUG008