Weekend Scripter: Meet the judges for the 2011 Scripting Games
Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, here. Here are the judges for the Windows PowerShell 2011 Scripting Games, in no particular order.
Sean Kearney is an infrastructure support analyst and Microsoft MVP in Window PowerShell. He is absolutely passionate about automation technologies—especially Windows PowerShell. If you say, “PowerShell,” he may just break into song. Sean considers himself “just a tech at heart,” but he can often be found dabbling with most Microsoft technologies at a moment’s notice. We have also been advised to keep him at arm’s length from any open Starbucks in Seattle.
Jeffery Hicks is a Microsoft MVP in Windows PowerShell and an IT veteran with almost 20 years of experience. Much of his time has been spent as an IT consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies. He works today as an independent author, trainer, and consultant. Jeff also writes the popular Prof. PowerShell column for MPCMag.com. His latest book is Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell 2.0: TFM 2nd Ed. (SAPIEN Press 2011).
Andy Schneider is a systems engineer at Avanade, a company that was started in 2000 to merge leading enterprise technology solutions with cutting-edge business consulting capabilities. Andy is a member of the IT Infrastructure Hosting team for Avanade's IT services. He focuses on virtualization using Hyper-V and has done a lot of work with NetApp storage devices. Andy uses Windows PowerShell on a daily basis to manage Hyper-V, Microsoft clusters, and NetApp storage devices. When Andy is not writing Windows PowerShell code, you can find him spending time with his beautiful wife and two daughters or working out at Kirkland Crossfit.
Gary Siepser is a senior premier field engineer (PFE) for Microsoft. He is a Microsoft Certified Master for Exchange Server 2007 and a Microsoft Certified IT Professional in several areas. In PFE, Gary spends most of his time teaching Microsoft’s customers how to leverage Windows PowerShell through several workshop and custom knowledge transfer offerings. Gary is also involved with general Windows PowerShell education, direction, and trainer certification within PFE. Gary’s services are available to Microsoft Premier Services customers.
Gary's contact information:
Blog: Gary's this and that about PowerShell and Exchange
Jonathan Medd has been working with IT infrastructure products since 1997. A few years ago, he discovered Windows PowerShell, and he now cohosts the Get-Scripting PowerShell podcast. In April 2010, he was awarded status as a Microsoft MVP.
Marco is a consultant with CGI in Moncton. He has been working in the IT industry for over 12 years, also working for Bell Aliant and Atlantic Lottery. He was awarded the Microsoft MVP award for his contributions to the Windows PowerShell community in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. His recent authoring activities have included writing Windows PowerShell content for a Windows Server 2008 book published by Microsoft Press and writing a Windows PowerShell-related article on System Center Operations Manager 2007 for TechNet Magazine. He also provided Windows PowerShell content for a SQL Server 2008 book by SAMs publishing company and for a just released revised edition of System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed by SAMs. He also coauthored the 2nd edition of PowerShell Unleashed published by SAMs, which was released early in 2009. He has spoken at Microsoft TechDays in Halifax, Canada the last two years where he has delivered sessions on System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows PowerShell.
Matt Johnson is a system administrator, founder of the Southeast Michigan PowerShell Script Club, and a moderator on the Official Scripting Guys Forum. He holds numerous certifications including MCSE and GSEC. You can find him most days lurking around the Internet and trying to solve problems by using Windows PowerShell.
Niklas Goude is an author, trainer, and technical consultant for TrueSec in Sweden. Niklas specializes in the Microsoft environment, focusing on Active Directory, SQL Server, and SharePoint products and technologies. Most of his daily work is performed by using Windows PowerShell. He is also active as a trainer, teaching courses that are focused on Windows PowerShell, and he has been a speaker at various conferences, such as Microsoft Tech Days, SharePoint & Exchange Forum, and SharePoint conferences in Australia and New Zealand. Niklas is active within the Windows PowerShell community, acting as a moderator for the Official Scripting Guys Forum and as an expert at SecretsOfSharePoint.com. He wrote PowerShell for SharePoint 2010 Administrators with Mattias Karlsson, a former colleague, and an ebook about Windows PowerShell (in Swedish), Kom igang med PowerShell, which covers the fundamentals of Windows PowerShell and can be downloaded for free. Niklas contributes to the Windows PowerShell community by sharing scripts, guides, and ideas through his blog. Niklas lives in Stockholm, Sweden with his wife Anna, his collection of guitars, and a lot of computers.
Niklas' contact information:
Richard said the following about himself:
I have been working with Microsoft technologies for over 22 years, having spent time in most IT roles including analyst-programmer, server administration, support, DBA, and architect. I have been interested in automation techniques (including automating job creation and submission on mainframes many years ago). I have been using VBScript and WMI since it became available on Windows NT 4. Windows PowerShell caught my interest when I first heard about it, and I have been using it since the early beta versions. My blog is mainly about Windows PowerShell. I founded and run the UK PowerShell user group, and I am a Windows PowerShell MVP. I have given numerous talks on Windows PowerShell at various events, and I have had a number of articles about Windows PowerShell published. PowerShell in Practice (Manning publications) was published in June 2010 and I am currently writing PowerShell and WMI (Manning).
Richard's contact information:
RichardSiddaway's Blog of PowerShell and Other Things
IT Knowledge Exchange
Steven has the following to say about himself:
I'm a senior Windows system engineer for Edgenet. In this role, I support a dynamic infrastructure that pushes the boundaries of the Windows platform. Windows PowerShell allows me to support this infrastructure in a more consistent and efficient manner. I'm an advocate for Windows PowerShell because I believe it encourages administrative best practices, and it allows developers to provide additional access to their applications, without needing to explicitly write code for each administrative feature. Part of my advocacy for Windows PowerShell includes my blog, appearances on various podcasts, and involvement with local user groups (Greater Milwaukee Script Club, and the Greater Milwaukee IT Pro User Community). I am also a cohost of Mind of Root (a weekly audio podcast about systems administration, tech news, and topics). We stream our show live on UStream.tv Sunday evenings at 7:30 PM CST.
Steven's contact information:
Blog: Use PowerShell: The Shell Is Calling
Greater Milwaukee Script Club
Greater Milwaukee IT Pro User Community
Mind of Root on UStream
Shay Levy is a Windows PowerShell MVP. He often writes about scripting issues in his blog, Script Fanatic. He is also the author of the very popular PowerShell Community Toolbar, which you can download from his blog. Shay is also a moderator of the Official Scripting Guys Forum and the Windows PowerShell forum.
Tome is a Windows engineer for a market-leading, global financial services firm in New York City. He is the founder and leader of the New York City PowerShell User group, a cofounder of the NYC Techstravaganza, a blogger, a speaker, and a regular contributor to the Windows PowerShell forum at Microsoft. He is a recipient of the MVP award for Windows PowerShell.
Bill Stewart is a scripting guru who works in the IT infrastructure group at Emcore in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has written numerous articles about Windows scripting, and he is a moderator for the Official Scripting Guys Forum. He has also written some useful free tools for the Windows IT community, which are available from his website.
Bill's contact information:
Website: Bill Stewart's Site
Georges Maheu is the PFE security technology lead for Microsoft Canada. As a senior premier field engineer, he focuses on delegation of authority (how many domain admins do you really have?), on server hardening, and on doing security assessments by using his own scripts. Georges has a passion for VBScript, Windows PowerShell, and WMI, and he uses them on a regular basis to gather information from Active Directory and computers. Also, Georges delivers popular scripting workshops to Microsoft Premier Customers worldwide.
Mark Schill is a senior systems engineer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. He started with VBScript in 1999, and he has been automating tasks ever since. He is currently serving as president of the Atlanta Citrix User Group and the Atlanta PowerShell User Group. He is the vice president of the Virtual PowerShell User Group.
Mark's contact information:
Blog: String Theory: Mastering the laws of physics with Windows PowerShell
Bhargav Shukla is a senior premier field engineer—unified communications, with his primary focus on the Exchange Server platform. Bhargav has been in IT since the beginning of his career 14 years ago. Before joining Microsoft, he managed to work on almost any technology an IT consultant would be required to know, including Active Directory, Exchange, RSA Security, VMware, Citrix, and Cisco. He also holds industry certifications such as Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange 2010, VMware Certified Professional, Citrix CCEA, RSA: CSE, and Cisco CCNA/CCDA. He started working on scripting with small DOS batch scripts in his early career, and he learned to be a better scripter with new scripting languages. From batch files to VBScript and on to Windows PowerShell, he has written many scripts to address specific needs and reusable functions for repetitive code. When he is not working with customers, Bhargav leads the Philadelphia Area Exchange Server User Group, shares his knowledge on his blog and twitter, plays chess, and flies model airplanes.
Bhargav's contact information:
Blog: Bargav's IT Playground: Passion for Technology. Power of Messaging.
Trevor Sullivan has been working in the IT field since 2004. His focus is on Microsoft solutions including directory services, configuration management, operating system deployment, and IT infrastructure automation. Trevor is highly passionate about new technologies and publicly sharing his own experiences and research via blog, discussion forum, Twitter, and other venues.
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Oliver Lipkau is a network administrator for Siemens IT Solutions and Services. He is a moderator for the Official Scripting Guys Forum. You can read his articles on his blog.
Oliver's contact information:
Blog: Oliver's Blog: What I wanted to share
Jan Egil Ring
Jan Egil Ring is a consultant, trainer, and Windows PowerShell MVP at Crayon Norway. He maintains a blog where he shares scripts and writes about different technologies that he works with. He is also a contributor to the Microsoft Technology User Group (MTUG) in Norway.
Jan's contact information:
Blog: blog.powershell.no: On Windows PowerShell and other admin-related topics
Claus has been working as an IT professional for 12+ years, and he has been spending a lot of his time in the last 8 years working with scripting and automation. He uses several different languages, including batch, VBScript, AutoIT, and Windows PowerShell, the latter being his primary scripting platform since 2007.
Ragnar Harper is a Norwegian software geek and Windows Powershell MVP working as a chief architect at Crayon. In 2008, he was awarded IT Pro of the Year at Heroes Happen Here in Norway, where he did the now famous "Highway to PowerShell" show. He is a frequent speaker at TechNet Live in Norway, and he authored the Norwegian book "Kom igang med Powershell."
Doug Finke is a Microsoft PowerShell MVP working for Lab49, a company that builds advanced applications for the financial service industry. Over the last 20 years, Doug has been a developer and author working with numerous technologies. You can catch up with Doug on his blog.
Doug's contact information:
Blog: Development in a Blink: Researching the optimal; implementing the practical
Brandon is a Microsoft MVP, and a moderator for the Official Scripting Guys Forum.
Brandon's contact information:
Blog: BSonPoSH: The Power of Shell
Jeremy started coding at the age of 10, writing games in BASIC for his lightning fast Commodore 64. From there he ventured into the high-tech world of text-based online gaming, affectionately known as MUDs—specifically EverDark. A few years passed before he realized that he might want to get paid for doing this, so he made the jump to systems engineering. It is there that he discovered VBScript, and the rest is history! Jeremy currently uses Windows PowerShell for access into all sorts of namespaces and frameworks: WMI, ADSI, SQL, Office, .net, you name it. He also writes in HTML and C#.
Michael is a PFE in Germany since 2007, and he focuses on the following technologies: Active Directory, development, and platform.
Aleksandar Nikolic is a system administrator and Windows PowerShell MVP. He enjoys giving Windows PowerShell presentations and reviewing PowerShell-related (e)books. He is a proud recipient of two Dr. Scripto bobblehead dolls. Why does he like the Scripting Games? There is no better way to learn and improve your Windows PowerShell skills and have fun all the way through.
Aleksandar's contact information:
Blog: PowerShellers: He who controls the shell, controls the universe
Arnaud Petitjean is an author, speaker, system engineer, and trainer. Arnaud is the founder of the French speaking PowerShell Community. He specializes in managing VMware (by using Windows PowerShell and PowerCLI) and in desktop virtualization.
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Ed Wilson is the Microsoft Scripting Guy and a well-known scripting expert. He writes the daily Hey Scripting Guy! blog. He has also spoken at TechEd and at the Microsoft internal TechReady conferences. He is a Microsoft-certified trainer who has delivered a popular Windows PowerShell workshop to Microsoft Premier Customers worldwide. He has written nine books including six on Windows scripting that were published by Microsoft Press. He has also contributed to nearly a dozen other books. His Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices book for Microsoft Press was recently published. Ed holds more than 20 industry certifications, including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Prior to coming to work for Microsoft, he was a senior consultant for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner where he specialized in Active Directory design and Exchange Server implementation. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, underwater photography, and scuba diving.
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Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy