Tag: Career Development

Presenting 2 PowerShell sessions this weekend at SQL Saturday Birmingham

If you're interested in some free PowerShell training, I'll be presenting two PowerShell sessions at SQL Saturday #593 in Birmingham, Alabama this Saturday, March 18th. My first one hour presentation begins at 9:40am central time and is geared for beginners. The content covered in this session is based off of a book by the same title that I'm currently writing. PowerShell 101: The No-Nonsense Beginner’s Guide to PowerShell Interested in PowerShell but not sure how to get started? Already Read more [...]

Start a Blog to Build your Brand and Share your Knowledge

There are many reasons to blog. One of the main reasons that I blog is to document things for myself because if I don't do something for six months, it's highly unlikely that I'll remember all of the details. Sure, maybe I have the code on GitHub, but many times there are caveats to performing some task or implementing something that wouldn't necessarily be documented in the code itself. While I write my blog articles as documentation for myself, sharing them publicly helps me to make sure that Read more [...]

Learn Building Unconventional SQL Server Tools in PowerShell this weekend at SQL Saturday Chattanooga 2016

I’m presenting a session on Building Unconventional SQL Server Tools in PowerShell this weekend at SQL Saturday #498 in Chattanooga. Ever had records from a SQL Server database table come up missing? Maybe someone or some process deleted them, but who really knows what happened to them? Wouldn’t it be awesome to create a free tool with PowerShell that automates the task of sifting through the transaction log backups and even the active transaction log to determine when deletes occurred Read more [...]

Learn PowerShell Desired State Configuration from the Trenches this weekend at SQL Saturday Pensacola 2016

I'm presenting a session on PowerShell Desired State Configuration from the Trenches this weekend at SQL Saturday #491 in Pensacola. There are lots of things to consider when configuring systems in your on-premises datacenters with Desired State Configuration depending on what the state of your current environment is, whether or not DSC will be configured to apply and monitor or apply and autocorrect configuration drift, and whether or not you’ll be using push or pull configuration mode. Read more [...]

Learn PowerShell Toolmaking with Advanced Functions and Script Modules this weekend at SQL Saturday Atlanta 2016

I'll be presenting a session on PowerShell Toolmaking with Advanced Functions and Script Modules this weekend at SQL Saturday #521 in Atlanta. Transitioning from writing PowerShell one-liners and basic scripts to creating reusable PowerShell tools with advanced functions and script modules can be a daunting task and with all the different ways that you’ll find on the Internet to accomplish the same task, it can definitely seem overwhelming. During this session, PowerShell MVP Mike F Robbins Read more [...]

A Rant about some Blogs, Magazine Articles, Books, Training Videos, Presentations, Etc

<Begin Rant> I find it funny, yet sad that I often see blogs, magazine articles, books, training videos, presentations, etc where the author says something to the effect of "Never do <fill in the blank>". Then they proceed by doing exactly what they just said not to do like four-hundred times throughout their book, blog, etc. and when asked about it, the author says "Oh, that's only acceptable for demonstration purposes". I also see this in the form of an author saying something to Read more [...]

I’m Speaking on the New Features in PowerShell version 5 (Preview) at ATL TechStravaganza 2014

I've been home for a couple of hours now from the PowerShell Summit North America 2014 which was in the Seattle Washington area earlier this week and my brain is about to explode from all of the PowerShell awesomeness that I learned about. There will be many blog articles to follow on those subjects, but I wanted to let my readers know that I'll be speaking at the ATL TechStravaganza 2014 in Atlanta Georgia on Friday, June 6th. My topic? PowerShell of Course. Specifically, the new features in Read more [...]

One Month Until Microsoft TechEd North America 2014!

I've attended Microsoft TechEd North America every year consecutively for the past four years and this year will make five years in a row that I've attended. If there's a specific technology you're interested in, there are precons on the Sunday prior to TechEd for an additional fee that are a really good value. I've attended Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server precons at TechEd in the past.  Todd Klindt who is a SharePoint MVP is doing a SharePoint precon again this year. I attended a previous Read more [...]

Want to Hear the Winner of the Advanced Category in the 2013 Scripting Games Speak?

Here's where you can hear me speak over the next few months: July 2013 Thursday, July 11th (Tonight), at 9:30pm Eastern Time (8:30pm Central Time) PowerScripting Podcast Guest (Winner of the 2013 Scripting Games Advanced Category) August 2013 Saturday, August 3rd SQL Saturday #234 in Baton Rouge PowerShell Fundamentals for Beginners (Speaker) Show up early as there were 60 attendees in the 48 seat room that I was assigned the last time I presented this session in person (at SQL Saturday #220 in Read more [...]

IT Pro’s are in for a Rude PowerShell Awakening When Upgrading Their Certifications to Windows Server 2012

I've had a lot of irons in the fire this year and haven't had time to dedicate to taking any certification tests year to date. This year, I've spent much of the time that I would have normally spent studying for certification tests, learning PowerShell instead. I competed in the Scripting Games earlier in the year. I finished in third place in the beginner class and lead the beginner class for more than half of the games: I attended several technology events as I normally do each year, but this Read more [...]