• Friday Workshops
    Friday Workshops
    8:30 - 4:30
    Advanced PowerShell Scripting Workshop
    This full day workshop is designed for PowerShell-oriented IT Pros who are looking to take their scripting and toolmaking work to the next level. It is assumed that you have experience working with PowerShell interactively at the console, can write at least a simple function and ideally have created a module. There won't be hands-on exercises, although you are welcome to follow along. You can expect a maximum amount of live demonstration and a minimum amount of PowerShell presentations. The emphasis will be on scripting for Windows PowerShell but we'll look at cross-platform challenges. Creating Practical Advanced Functions Using Parameter Sets Understanding Dynamic Parameters Effective Error Handling with Try/Catch PowerShell Module Design Documenting Your Module the Smart Way Adding Type and Format Extensions PowerShell Scripting Best Practices, Tips and Tricks
    8:30 - 4:30
    PowerShell 101 Workshop
    PowerShell 101 Workshop
  • PowerShell 101
    PowerShell 101
    9:00 - 9:45
    The No-Nonsense Beginner’s Guide to PowerShell accepted
    Interested in PowerShell but not sure how to get started? Already have some experience but still having trouble with the basic concepts? This session is for you! Learn to easily figure out what the commands are and how to use those commands without searching the Internet. Extend PowerShell’s functionality to manage products like SQL Server. During this presentation, Microsoft MVP Mike F Robbins will demonstrate several of the core PowerShell cmdlets along with writing one-liners and basics scripts. We’ll discuss how to prevent resume generating events when making changes with PowerShell. Learn what objects, properties, and methods are along with how they’re used in PowerShell. Not a developer? PowerShell is one of those technologies that you can be extremely effective with whether you’re a developer or an IT Pro.
  • Cloud Administration
    Cloud Administration
    9:00 - 9:45
    Azure PowerShell Evolution: Get Comfortable with the Az Commands accepted
    Azure PowerShell has evolved a great deal over the past few years. We have the Azure, AzureRM, and Az modules–which to use, when? Attend this beginner-level tutorial to get a firm grasp on where Microsoft is headed with Azure PowerShell. Limit your code refactoring and improve your proficiency with the technology.
    10:00 - 10:45
    It’s PowerShell In the Cloud – Welcome to Azure Cloud Shell accepted
    As more organizations move towards the cloud and using Microsoft Azure, there is a need to leverage our existing practices in that environment. That is where Azure Cloud Shell comes in. Azure Cloud Shell provides a CLI for administrators into their Azure subscription resources. Access to Azure Cloud Shell is available through a variety of methods including the Azure Portal and Admins can choose their environment: bash or PowerShell. For this session, the focus will be on using PowerShell through Azure Cloud Shell. It will begin with an introduction to Azure Cloud Shell for an understanding of the platform, uses, features, and limitations. Discussion of Use cases will include locked down admin workstations, rotating devices, and non-Windows device usage. Then we’ll dive into working with Azure Cloud Shell from setup to Azure PowerShell to the Cloud Shell editor. Demos planned include: -Initial setup including Azure File Storage -Command discovery -Installing custom modules from PowerShell Gallery -Working with Azure PowerShell and the Az module -Uploading resources to Azure File Storage for use in Azure Cloud Shell -Using SSH for remoting to VMs (If time allows) -Working with Git Repos (If time allows) -Using the Cloud Shell editor (Monaco) All attendees will leave with the information they need to begin immediately managing Azure subscription resources with Azure Cloud Shell using a personalized interface. Everyone will learn Stuff!
    11:00 - 11:45
    PowerShell DSC and AWS Systems Manager
    AWS Systems Manager launched integrated support for Windows PowerShell DSC with the AWS-ApplyDSCMofs document in November 2018. In this session we will deep dive into the documents features, including integrations with AWS Systems Manager Compliance, AWS Secrets Manager, and more! You will leave the session with a solid understanding of how to leverage the PowerShell DSC feature enhancements available in the AWS Systems Manager implementation.
  • DevOps
    System Administration
    9:00 - 9:45
    PowerShell Remoting: From 0 to Lockdown in 45 minutes! accepted
    PowerShell remoting is secure out of the box! But that doesn’t mean that there is nothing needed to setup PowerShell remoting. Microsoft has given the sysadmin a fair number of options to tweak remoting to fit anyone’s needs. But what are the best practices? Let’s discuss ALL the options like: - how to turn on remoting via GPO - who can access machines via WinRM? - firewall settings - logging options - SSL and certificates At the end of this talk, the attendees should have a short list of what can be done and what is involved with getting it going in their environment.
    10:00 - 10:45
    Searching EventLogs like a "Boss" accepted
    Windows Event Logs… You know they contain a ton of useful information, but they aren’t exactly the easiest to search. Let’s face it, everyone can use some helpful pointers on how to efficiently search event logs! Join Phil Bossman as he shows you the ins and outs of Event Logs and tricks he has developed over the years to making searching “less painful”. You will leave this talk with the tools required to find that diamond in the rough, or that needle in the hay stack of Event Logs.