PowerShell Summit North America 2014

PowerShell Summit North America 2014

I know this post is a little late, but I wanted to offer some helpful information that I picked up at the PowerShell Summit last month.  This post is packed with links to keep you surfing high-value PowerShell content for days.


This was a true “community” experience.  After the first day I had accumulated so much networking and knowledge that I made the determination this event will go on my annual “must-attend” list.  With only 150 attendees I was able to get face time with many people and have several of those side conversations that make the whole event worth-while.

It was great to meet folks from the global PowerShell Twitter and MVP community that I have only seen online.  It was also great to reconnect with acquaintances from several PowerShell Saturday events.  As a bonus I got to connect with several peer Premier Field Engineers and people from the PowerShell product team.

Hot Topics

It would be impossible to comment on every session I attended, but here are a few that were memorable:

  • Jeffrey Snover delivered two amazing talks.  The first was on security in a post-Snowden world where he talked about proper administrative delegation called “JEA – Just Enough Admin”.  He also nailed the closing session with an update on the Monad Manifesto.  He alluded to some announcements he made later at TechEd.  This was a great “story time with Jeffrey” where we brought us all along on the journey from pre-Monad to what is coming next.
  • Desired State Configuration (DSC) was the hot topic as you would expect.  Steve Murawski gave multiple talks and demos, sharing his early adoption tips and techniques.
  • Aleksandar Nikolic delivered sessions on CredSSP and implicit remoting.  These are foundational for anyone wanting to leverage PowerShell in the enterprise.
  • Richard Siddaway gave to really cool demo on creating your own CDXML cmdlets and modules.  It was easier than you might think.
  • Don Jones wrapped up the event with a “state of the org” talk.  He shared many new initiatives coming down the pipeline from PowerShell.org.  See the links below for more information.

Find slides and videos for most sessions here.

My Talks

Thanks to Jason Helmick for the invitation to speak this year.  I presented two sessions:

I’ll be presenting these two sessions again in greater detail at TechMentor coming up in August in Redmond.  It’s not too late to register for that one.

PowerShell Deep Dives

PowerShell Deep Dives - Buy a book for charity.

I got a chance to catch up with Jeffery Hicks over lunch one day.  I’ve worked with him over email, and we’ve traded tweets.  But this was the first time we actually got to meet face-to-face.  Last year several of us in the PowerShell community contributed chapters to the PowerShell Deep Dives book project.  Jeffery was the leader who carried the project and kept us all on task.  He pointed out that It is an amazing anthology of PowerShell content that you will find nowhere else.  Unfortunately, Jeff shared with me that sales for this book have not been as good as we expected.  All proceeds go to the charity SAVE THE CHILDREN, and it is fantastic reading.  Please pick up a copy today.  Better sales could help justify similar projects in the future.

Handy Links

As you can imagine there were tons of links shared during the event.  Here are a few that you will want to explore:

Find more links on the #PSHSummit Twitter feed.

Future Events

These events are kept small on purpose, so you will want to register early for the next ones:

For future updates on PowerShell Summit you can follow #PSHSummit on Twitter, subscribe to the PowerShell.org newsletter, or watch the PowerShell Summit site.  I hope to see you in Charlotte!

Comments (2)

  1. Late is fine, love the links!

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