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PowerShell Conference Asia – Registration is open

This October the PowerShell Conference Asia will once again take place in the Microsoft offices in Singapore. As part of the PowerShell Conference organization and returning speaker I am happy to announce that this is shaping up to be our biggest event so far.

As listed on the registration page:

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Join us for the third 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 several members of the Windows 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. There will be a strong focus on using PowerShell to enable DevOps practices whether On Premises or in the cloud.

There will be speakers from over a dozen countries and attendees to network with from all over the work. If you are interested in this event feel free to drop a comment below or reach out to me on twitter as I will be happy to answer any questions you might have about this event.

In the mean time for additional information about this event make sure you head over to the PowerShell Conference Asia site, conveniently located at psconf.asia & powershell.asia. And to register head over > here <

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Dutch PowerShell User Group – 10th Edition

Last Thursday we hosted the tenth Dutch PowerShell User Group at Rabobank in Utrecht. It was another full day event starting at 9AM and finishing at 6PM. For this event, we had a diverse range of speakers and as a highlight we had Jakub Jareš visit our user group and giving two presentations on proper testing with Pester and Continuous Deployment for PowerShell.

Due to the enthusiasm of Ben van Zanten, Bartek Bielawski and Daniel Both we had three surprise speakers that added to our already full day of session. Our complete program of the day consisted of the following:

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09:00 10:00 Jakub Jareš Continuous deployment pipeline for PowerShell modules
10:00 11:00 André Kamman Fighting SQL Server Configuration Drift with Dynamic Pester Tests
13:00 14:00 Jakub Jareš Biggest mistakes when testing with Pester
14:00 15:00 Ralph Eckhard & Sven van Rijen Keep up with NOW! Automate (re-)building your homelab – on steroids!
15:00 16:00 Ben van Zanten Splatting and building new AD forests
16:00 17:00 Jaap Brasser The best tool for the job: Working with VScode and ISE
17:00 17:30 Bartek Bielawski & Daniel Both Distributed configuration management and source control

I have uploaded all the materials I used during my presentation to my Events GitHub Repository, which is available here:

GitHub – Jaap Brasser – Events – DuPSUG 10

For the Dutch PowerShell User Group we maintain a separate repository which we keep updated with all presentation materials as they are made available by our presenters, this is available here:

GitHub – DuPSUG – DuPSUG 10

We would like to extend our thanks to our event sponsor, Rabobank for sponsoring us. The speakers and attendees alike for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend our meeting. To give you an impression of the event here are some pictures of the day:

 

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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

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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
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Recap of first DuPSUG – PowerShell Saturday

Last weekend as DuPSUG we organized the first Dutch PowerShell Saturday. Within three days we had to instate a waiting list for attendees to sign up on, as we had run out of tickets. To meet the demand for this unique events, we were lucky enough to be sponsored by the following four companies: Platani, Sapien Technologies, PowerTheShell and Manning Publications.

During the event we had the following sessions and speakers:

Furthermore there was the PowerQuiz, a twenty-one question quiz to encourage team work and to put some energy back into the room after lunch. The questions and answers are available here:

PowerQuiz – PowerShell Quiz

PowerQuiz

For more information in regards to PowerShell Saturdays or if you are interested in hosting a similar event locally feel free to reach out as I am always happy to share out lessons learned from organizing this event.

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

Links in this article
PowerShell DSC and Windows Containers, the Perfect Match – GitHub
Lock down your System, no more Admins – GitHub
PowerQuiz – PowerShell Quiz
Dutch PowerShell User Group – DuPSUG

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Uploaded CustomizeWindows10 Module to PowerShell Gallery

Today I finished another major update to the CustomizeWindows10 module I have been working on together with Jan Egil Ring. This module started as a means for me to configure/tweak Windows 10. When I was experimenting with the various Windows 10 insider builds I found myself configuring the same settings on each deployment and I was looking to simplify this process. The module contains a number of tweaks and configuration options to customize and personalize the Windows 10 experience.

CustomizeWindows10-0.0.0.4

In the past I have uploaded the majority of my scripts and functions to the TechNet Script Gallery, but recently I have started using GitHub as a version control system for my scripts. Eventually I plan to upload my entire collection of scripts to GitHub as it provides the opportunity for easier interaction with a wider community but for now this module is my first experiment with both the PowerShell Gallery as well as GitHub.

The module consists of both a PowerShell module as well as a DSC module to allow complete flexibility when applying these settings. In the following example the module will be used to ensure that hidden files are visible and that file extensions are always shown:

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Import-Module -Name CustomizeWindows10
Enable-ShowFileExtension
Enable-ShowHiddenFiles
Get-ShowHiddenFiles

CustomizeWindows10-CodeExample

For more information or the direct download links of these scripts please refer to the links below. Feel free to leave a comment either here or to contribute directly on GitHub.

TechNet Script Gallery
My entries in TechNet Script Gallery
Blog.PowerShell.No – Jan Egil Ring
JaapBrasser.com – Scripts
GitHub – CustomizeWindows10
PowerShellGallery – CustomizeWindows10
TechNet Script Gallery – CustomizeWindows10

 

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PowerShell Conference Asia 2015 Day 2 – The conclusion to a great event

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After the second day the PowerShell Conference Asia in Singapore unfortunately concluded. I have collected a number of photos both from Twitter as well as from my own camera and made them available here for other attendees of the event.

I would like to give a big shout-out to Milton Goh, Matthew Hitchcock, 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.

 

For more information here are the links to the PowerShell Conference Asia site and to the Twitter hashtag:

PowerShell Conference Asia 2015 Day 2
PowerShell Conference 2015
#PSConfAsia
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