Import-Csv and Headers in PowerShell

The Import-Csv cmdlet in PowerShell is awesome. It saves a lot of time and provides a great integration point since the csv format is a common option for exporting data in many applications. However, all csv files are not created equal and there are a couple problems I’ve run across often enough that I had []

Getting Started with the DSC Toolkit

Tonight at the Tampa PowerShell User Group I’m presenting a session on Desired State Configuration and how the DSC tooling can be utilized. This is the framework initially written by Steven Murawski to manage the Windows servers at StackExchange. Getting Started with the DSC Toolkit (Slide Deck) DSC Demo Files

Chicken Soup for the PowerShell Soul: The 2013 PowerShell Summit

Last week I attended the 2013 PowerShell Summit in Redmond, and it exceeded my expectations in every way. This was an event that felt like a three day user group meeting where PowerShell enthusiasts from all over the world decided to show up. I’ve never been to Seattle, and I have to thank Aaron Nelson []

Honorary Scripting Guy!

This week I was selected as an Honorary Scripting Guy. The list includes some of the top authors and trainers in the PowerShell world, and it’s a real honor to be included among them. Many of us spend a lot of time blogging, writing articles, or speaking about PowerShell, often on our own time. It’s []

Learn PowerShell at the 2012 Tampa IT Pro Camp

I will be presenting PowerShell for Beginners at the Tampa IT Pro Camp on September 22. My session will be the first of an entire track dedicated to PowerShell that includes presentations by two PowerShell MVPs and a Microsoft senior premier field engineer. This is an excellent opportunity to get some free training and network []

Join me at SQL Saturday #151 in Orlando

I will be presenting PowerShell for Beginners at SQL Saturday #151 in Orlando, Florida on September 29. This session will cover the fundamentals for anyone interested in getting started with Windows PowerShell. SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. This event will be held Sep []

Guest Blog on PowerShell Remoting for Hey, Scripting Guy!

This week I’m the guest blogger for the Microsoft Hey, Scripting Guy! blog. The five-part series will focus on PowerShell Remoting. An Introduction to PowerShell Remoting: Part One An Introduction to PowerShell Remoting Part Two: Configuring PowerShell Remoting An Introduction to PowerShell Remoting Part Three: Interactive and Fan-Out Remoting An Introduction to PowerShell Remoting Part []

2012 Jacksonville IT Pro Camp

It was great meeting so many new people interested in PowerShell at the Jacksonville IT Pro Camp last weekend. All of the presenters at these events are volunteers, so it’s an awesome feeling to have people come up and say “thank you for your session, it was really useful!” The IT Pro Camps are an []

Resources from SQL Saturday #130

I want to thank everyone that attended my PowerShell session at SQL Saturday #130 in Jacksonville. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate some PowerShell fundamentals, and I hope everyone learned something they can use. I really didn’t have much for slides, but a transcript of my session is available, which is a text record []

Removing Printer Shares with PowerShell and WMI

Every IT Professional runs into situations where there isn’t a utility available for handing a particular task. My first large-scale vbscript fixed a failed upgrade of the Novell Netware Client on thousands of workstations that was preventing users from logging in. Automation technologies like PowerShell excel during those times when something needs to be happen []