Orlando IT Pro Camp Keiser University 3/23/2013 – Presentation

Here’s the “Getting Started with Windows 8 PowerShell” presentation plus one sample script to get you started.

Topic description:  This is an introduction session on how to work with PowerShell 3.0 in Windows 8.  I will cover find PowerShell, how to create your PowerShell shorcuts, updating PowerShell help documentation, and briefly covering the some of the enhancements in the ISE editor.

Click on the following link:

Thanks and keep participating with the IT Community!

Microsoft free PowerShell Language Specifications available for download…

Microsoft has done a great job is providing documentation about PowerShell.  Here’s two important links:

1. PowerShell Language Specification Version 2.0 at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=9706

2. PowerShell Language Specifiction Version 3.0 at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36389

It’s good reading material.

Thank You Microsoft!

In 2013 – Make it personal, learn about PowerShell.

Here’s a response a gave in Linkedin this month and I thought I should blogged about it.

There’s no excuse for not wanting to learn about PowerShell

First, There’s really the only requirement would be to have PowerShell installed on your machine. If you have Windows 7 then you are set to go. Next look for free resource material which you can find on the internet:




Also, PowerShell include an extensive help documentation at your fingertips. Just type the following command to access all the “About_*” topics you can read on:
Ps C:> help About_*

Start first reading about the “about_execution_policies“:

PS C:> help about_execution_policies

There’s some TechNet 2011 and 2012 recorded sessions that are very informative. *Check them out:

Channel 9 – Look at the PowerShell videos (many areas): http://channel9.msdn.com/tags/PowerShell/

TechEd North America 2012 “PowerShell” videos: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012?sort=sequential&direction=desc&term=PowerShell

* I recommend to start learning everything about PowerShell version 2.0.

Then, you can use forums and even use the Twitter hash tag #PowerShell and #PShelp so the community can give assits those in need.

PowerShell V2.0 -> PowerShell v3.0 -> PowerShell V2.0…

There one thing to take into consideration when working with PowerShell V3.0. Most companies might still being in process of adopting V2.0 and if is not already in place. Version 3.0 brings a lot to the table but can cause some headaches if you forget the script you built (using 3.0) might not work in Version 2.0. Keep a closer look at the v3.0 member enumerator enhancement (which I love), and the behavior changes on some of the existing(updated) cmdlets.

So, with this in mind. Ask yourself, will my script work in PowerShell V2.0?. Then test the script loading the “PowerShell -version 2.0” at the PowerShell 3.0 console prompt to execute the script. This way you can verify, and at the same time learn to work with both V2 and V3 difference.

PowerShell v3.0 is a great .NET scripting language to learn! Once you start using PowerShell you’ll never stop.


Windows PowerShell v3.0 (RTM) Resource Links- Start Now!

As the RTM release of PowerShell will becomes available soon, here’s some resource information links you may want to take into consideration.

Download the Windows Management Framework 3.0 RTM: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34595

Windows PowerShell 3.0 and Server Manager Quick Reference Guides: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30002

Management and Tools for Windows Server 2012: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh801900

New V3 Language Features: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2012/06/14/new-v3-language-features.aspx

Intellisense in Windows PowerShell ISE 3.0: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2012/06/13/intellisense-in-windows-powershell-ise-3-0.aspx

Basic installation guide for Windows PowerShell Web Access: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2012/06/27/windows-powershell-web-access-basic-installation-guide.aspx

High Level Architecture of Windows PowerShell Workflow (Part 1): http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2012/06/15/high-level-architecture-of-windows-powershell-workflow-part-1.aspx

High Level Architecture of Windows PowerShell Workflow (Part 2): http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2012/06/19/high-level-architecture-of-windows-powershell-workflow-part-2.aspx

Managing Storage with Windows PowerShell on Windows Server 2012: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/san/archive/2012/07/03/managing-storage-with-windows-powershell-on-windows-server-2012.aspx

Getting Started with Windows Azure PowerShell: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/jj156055.aspx

And, most important of all, check the TechEd North America 2012PowerShell” videos: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012?sort=sequential&direction=desc&term=PowerShell

This should get you started.  So, what’s preventing you to learn PowerShell?  Start now.

South Florida IT Camp Saturday 2011 on July 23rd

We are pleased to announce the first South Florida IT Camp on Saturday, July 23rd 2011 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale.

Parking and admittance to this event is free.  Lunch will provided. Please Register now. Let your friends and colleagues know about this event.

Join system administrators IT professionals and database professionals in addition to managers at all levels in Florida that work with Microsoft technologies for a “IT Camp Saturday”. IT Camps are a free, one day learning event for anyone seeking professional development. This event serves IT professionals and students with a focus on IT Pro related technologies. IT Camps offer a conference style learning environment free of charge to attendees and is open to presenters of
all backgrounds and expertise.

Have questions? Comment or Contact Us.

Call for Speakers is Open

The call for speakers is open until 6/11. Topics can be anything applicable to System admins, and/or IT Pros including SharePoint, System Center, SQL Server, PowerShell, Active Directory, or Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

To submit your session, please Click Here, or if you have questions? Comment or contact us.

Some SQL Server and PowerShell Resource information

Here’s some PowerShell and SQL Server valuable resource information you don’t want to miss.




IDERA’s: http://powershell.com/cs/blogs/ebook/default.aspx, http://powershell.com/cs/media/p/4908.aspx

Sapien – Powershell TFM V1 eBook: (this is V1 but is valid information): http://www.primaltools.com/downloads/communitytools/

The Administrator Crash Course: Windows PowerShell v2: http://nexus.realtimepublishers.com/accwp.php




SQL Server:


IDERA’s Webcast: http://www.idera.com/Content/Resources.aspx#WC

Pragmatics Webinars: http://www.pragmaticworks.com/Resources/webinars/Default.aspx

MSSQLTIPS Webcasts: http://www.mssqltips.com/webcastlist.asp?m1

SQLServerPedia – Podcast and Presentations: http://sqlserverpedia.com/wiki/Podcasts_and_Presentations

QUEST Communities – Database Management: http://db-management.com/blog/category/sqlserver/tutorials-sqlserver/

Some Good Twitter and SQL Server PowerShell resources

I’m not forgetting all the hard working MVP’s and non-MVP’s DBA’s that are blown away with PowerShell.  Here’s my favorite web list and twitter names:

Chad Miller (@cmille19): http://sev17.com/

Ron Dameron (@RonDBA): http://www.simple-talk.com/author/ron-dameron/

Aaron Nelson(@SQLvariant): http://sqlvariant.com/wordpress/

Laerte Junior (@LaerteSQLDBA): http://laertejuniordba.spaces.live.com

Argenis Fernandez (@afernandez): http://www.sqlps.com/blog/

Patrick LeBlanc (@patrickdba): http://www.sqllunch.com/

Allen White (@SQLRunr): http://sqlblog.com/blogs/allen_white/default.aspx

Buck Woody (@BuckWoody): http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/

Jen and Sean McCown (@MidnightDBA): http://midnightdba.itbookworm.com/Default.aspx, http://www.midnightdba.com/Jen/ and http://www.midnightdba.com/DBARant/

Keep on the good work!!

I love SQL Server PowerShelling!!!  (@MaxTrinidad)  🙂

Free PowerShell Resources:

Here’s some other resource information about PowerShell in general that you should miss:

SAPIEN Technologies – from their Community Tools page (free):

  • PowerShell TFM V1 eBook – A most to have book. (Acrobat Reader requiered)
  • Windows PowerShell Help 2.0
  • iPowerShell – if you own an iPhone. (Yes! I’m a Microsoft MVP and own an iPhone).


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Shay Levy’s PowerShell Toolbar – Nice to have it on the browser: http://powershell.ourtoolbar.com/

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PowerGUI Pro – a free community for PowerGUI, a graphical user interface and script editor for Microsoft Windows PowerShell!  Get it at: http://www.powergui.org/

image Channel 9 – Look at the PowerShell videos (many areas): http://channel9.msdn.com/tags/PowerShell/

IDERA – Tools for SQL Server, Sharepoint and PowerShell: http://www.idera.com/Content/Home.aspx?ProdCat=PS

And I won’t forget  image Microsoft Script Center: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/scriptcenter/default.aspx  Good Job!!

Happy PowerShelling!!