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TechEd PowerShell Panel

Rolf has posted a picture of the PowerShell Panel discussion so you can see us in all our glory(?)

http://www.powershell-ag.de/ps/Blog/tabid/73/EntryID/1109/Default.aspx

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You can now put faces to names.

While you are there check out the German PowerShell User Group

 

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ZoomIT

One thing I did see getting used quite a bit in presentations at TechEd was the ZoomIT tool.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897434.aspx

It enables you to zoom into a part of the screen.  Very useful for presentations.  The ability to draw on screen can be useful.  The controls function as toggle switches so it is easy to use.

If you do a lot of presentations you may find it useful.

 

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YMCA

YMCA

For those in the know it happened.  For everyone else - you'll have to wait a bit to find out what we mean :-)

 

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TechEd Reflections

TechEd is over for another year. The journey home is done (not a bad flight - I slept for most of this one) and I've had some sleep.

On the whole the conference was quieter than the last couple of years. A few of the big name exhibitors didn't turn up this year and my impression was that attendance was down compared to 2007.  The content seemed a bit less technical in some cases - may be just perception.

The real plus side was that I had more opportunities to talk to Microsoft people and vendors than in previous years.  Being on Ask the Experts was fun.  Hope to do that again.

Was it worth attending?  Absolutely.

The high spot of the week - The PowerShell Community dinner. Brilliant mixture of Microsoft, Vendors, MVPs and community. 

TechEd EMEA is in Berlin in November 2009.  I've started making my plans.

 

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PowerShell Community Dinner

Last night we had the TechEd PowerShell Community Dinner - Product Group, Vendors and community members.  Returning to the site of last years dinner it was a huge success - high spot of the week. Planning for next years dinner in Berlin (TechEd is going to Berlin in 2009) has already started.  We have also had some brilliant ideas for PowerShell next year.  Stay tuned for more information later in the year.
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PowerShell ATE II

Last session on ATE this afternoon and it has been busier than the other two sessions combined.
 
Still quite a lot of "what is PowerShell" type questions but I have been getting questions about "how can I ....."
 
 
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PowerShell Remoting

I will do more on this later - when CTP3 of PowerShell V2 arrives next month - but for now I've just been to a Powershell Remoting session.  Awesome.
We will have a spectrum of options:
 
some cmdlets such as get-process have a -computrename paramter that allows us to work against remote machines using RPC, DCOM or other existing protocols.  Use get-help * -parameter computrname to find where this applies
 
we can use Powershell remoting over ws-man
 
we can use raw ws-man
 
we can invoke remote interactive sessions against a machine
 
we can even manage *nix machines remotely if we install open-wsman and open-pegasus on them
 
This makes Powershell administrators even more productive.  If you didn't think so before it really is the must learn technology for admins,
 
 
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PowerShell Sessions

Two very good sessions on Powershell today.
 
First off was James O'Neill showing how to use PowerShell with the OpenXML SDK to create and work with Excel and Word.  This gives us access to the new XML based format introduced with Office 2007.
 
Second session was Jeffrey Snover showing off the new features in PowerShell v2.  Lots of good stuff including Powershell jobs, Remoting, Transactions and the load of new cmdlets.
 
The slides and scripts should be on their blogs soon
 
 
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Panel Discussion

Jonathan has published the pod cast of yesterdays panel discussion at

http://get-scripting.blogspot.com/2008/11/get-scripting-podcast-episode-4-teched.html

The panel discussion was excellent - well worth a listen

 

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PowerShell ATE

First session on Ask the Experts this morning and what fascinated me was the number of people asking "what is PowerShell and what can I do with it?" Two years since version 1 shipped and the amount that has been written about PowerShell and this came as a bit of a surprise. So to answer the question:

PowerShell is Microsoft's automation engine.  It is part of the Common Engineering Criteria which means that it will be built into all major Microsoft products. It is already in Exchange 2007, SQL Server 2008, Windows 2008 and large parts of the System Center family. Recent announcements regarding the new functionality in Windows 2008 R2 raise PowerShell's profile to a whole new level. It is installed and on by default in Windows 7\2008 R2 (except server core where it is optional)

PowerShell is usually exposed as a command shell and scripting language though it can be incorporated into applications.

PowerShell provides a method of increasing administrator productivity that hasn't existed before in the Windows environment. If you want to be regarded as a top techie in the Windows world - learn PowerShell.

To misquote.  The future's here. The future's PowerShell.

 

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Windows 2008 R2 AD

Dmitry has blogged about the new features in Windows 2008 R2 AD - http://dmitrysotnikov.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/server-2008-r2-active-directory/ - especially the PowerShell support.  I will be attending the repeat session later in the week and will post my comments on the session at that time.

 

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Identity and Access Management

Realtime Publishers have just published my "book" The Essentials Series: Enterprise Identity and Access Management.  Its a free download from http://nexus.realtimepublishers.com/ESEIAM.htm.

Enjoy

 

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PowerShell Panel Discussion

Tuesday 2pm - come and find us by at a stage near the Tech Talk Fishbowl for a PowerShell panel discussion:

  • JeffreySnover
  • MoW
  • RichardSiddaway
  • James O’Neill
  • JonathanMedd
  • Dmitry Sotnikov

You won't find a better discussion at TechEd

 

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TechEd Monday II

System Center and the management of the Windows environment is heavily featured this week.  Expect a full refresh of the System Center family in 2010.  SC Operations Manager R2 should release in Q2 2009 including SLA monitoring and the ability to manage non-Windows machines.

SP1 of SC Data Protection Manager 2008 arrives this month and now supports Hyper-V together with enhanced support for SQL Server, Exchange and MOSS.

Service Manager gets a beta refresh this week with the ability to define Roles based on user data imported from Active Directory and the integration with Configuration Manager and Operations Manager.  PowerShell scripts can be used to perform remediation activities. Change and Incident Management are its real strengths. It should RTM in H1 2010.

 

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TechEd: Monday

Apart from the highly irritating and overloud "entertainment" video playing before the key note started the conference start was OK.

No major announcements - most already came through at PDC last week but new to me were:

Application Virtualisation eventually will be expanded to cover server based applications such as Exchnage, SQL Server or SharePoint

System Center Operations Manager in R2 (beta this month) will be expanded to manage Linux, AIX, HPUX etc using open-wsman and openpegasus.  Can also define SLAs

Identity LifeCycle Manager is now in Release Candidate

Intelligent Application Gateway SP2 in available

Windows 2008 R2 has some cool features:

  • Hyper-V Live migration
  • Best practice Analyser is model based
  • PowerShell V2
  • Direct Access - get to apps and data across Internet without VPN
  • Branch cache - save bandwidth
  • BitLocker for USB drives and memory sticks

Next version of SQL Server will have a self service BI capability - "Gemini"

 

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TechEd: Sunday

I have mentioned before that I don't like flying.  Not only do I actively dislike it - - its boring.  Non-stop queuing for checkin, security, gate inspection, boarding, getting off, passport, baggage reclaim.

bah  humbug

Never mind we finally got here - 30 minute delay after boarding for no apparent reason and no explanation.  Didn't realise budget airlines economised on announcements as well!!

Lets hope things pick up on Monday.

 

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TechEd 2008

TechEd -  5 days of immersion in technology surrounded by two doses of one of the things I really hate - - - flying.

What am I looking forward to?

  • Number 1 has to be the PowerShell Community dinner. Looking at the invite list its going to be fun.
  • any more info on PowerShell V2.  There's an advanced PowerShell session that if its anything like last years will be awesome.  I've been looking at the PDC slides and there is some great stuff on the way. Roll on the next CTP.
  • A first look at Windows 7\Windows 2008 R2.  Wall-to-wall PowerShell in these babies. The AD cmdlets will be fascinating to compare to Quest's. As WK8R2 has 76 AD cmdlets should be an interesting comparison
  • catching up with people I haven't seen since last years TechEd - especially the PowerShell MVPs.  There will be 4 of us there so bring your questions.
  • being on Ask the Experts - it'll be interesting to see what questions come along.  I'll blog on the commonest and most interesting
  • with PDC happening last week it'll be interesting to see if there are any new announcements
  • just being there.

More when we get there.  As an odd thought - I've never been to TechEd with the same people twice and never to more than 2 working for any one company  hmmmm.........   :-)

 

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