2011 Scripting Games Official Rules





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This Challenge is hosted in the United States, and entry information is collected on computers in the United States. This Challenge will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Challenge. If you do not agree with this provision and these Official Rules, please do not enter this Challenge.


These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft 2011 Scripting Games Challenge promotion will operate. This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Challenge” throughout the rest of these rules. The Challenge consists of a skill based contest (“Contest”) and daily and Grand Prize random drawing sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”). In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Challenge. “You” refers to an eligible Challenge entrant.


This Challenge starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on April 4, 2011, and ends at 11:59 PM PT on April 15, 2011 (“Entry Period”). The Entry Period contains 10 separate Daily Prize Periods. Each Daily Prize Period will begin at 12:01 AM PT and end at 11:59 PM PT on each weekday (Monday – Friday) during the Entry Period.

Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.


You are eligible to enter this Challenge if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

You are a professional in the field of IT / software research, sales or development and; You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

· You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and

· You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Contest; and

· You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Contest; and

If you are 18 of age or older, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Contest.

This Challenge is void outside of the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.


The Challenge consists of a skill contest (“Scripting Contest”), ten (10) daily Sweepstakes drawings, and one overall Grand Prize Sweepstakes drawing at the close of the Entry Period.

To enter the Scripting Contest, you must visit http://2011sg.poshcode.org/Auth/LogOn and follow instructions to successfully complete the 10 daily task-based scenarios that make up the “2011 Scripting Games.”

You will receive one Sweepstakes entry into each Daily Prize Period during which you submit a 2011 Scripting Games entry. In addition, you will receive one Sweepstakes entry into the Grand Prize drawing for each Daily Prize Period that you successfully enter.

Limit one (1) Daily Prize Period entry per day and ten (10) Grand Prize entries per person, regardless of the number of 2011 Scripting Games entries that you submit each day.

We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

We will automatically disqualify:

· Any incomplete or illegible entry; and

· Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.


At the close of the Entry Period, the highest scoring entry in each 2011 Scripting Games category (Beginner and Advanced) based on the judging criteria set forth here, will win each win a Contest prize described below.

at the close of the Entry Period, we will randomly select one (1) winner from among all eligible entries received to win the Grand Prize described below.

At the close of each Daily Prize Period, will randomly select ten (10) winners from among all eligible entries received that day, to receive a daily prize described below.  Non-winning entries will not be carried forward into subsequent daily prize drawings.


(2) Contest Prize:

· A Tech·Ed 2011 North America full conference pass (Approximate Retail Value , ARV, $2,195). Prize consists of the pass only; all other associated travel or other expenses are the sole responsibility of the winner.

· A phone discussion with Distinguished Microsoft Engineer Jeffrey Snover.

(1) Grand Prize: A Tech Net Subscription (ARV) 349.00

(120) Daily Prizes: Daily prizes will be assigned per day by Microsoft:

· (20) PowerGUI Pro from Quest Software (ARV$199.00)

· (3) PrimalScript 2009 from SAPIEN Technologies (ARV $399 )

· (3) PrimalForms 2009 from SAPIEN Technologies (ARV $399 )


· (3) Windows PowerShell 2.0:TFM ebook from SAPIEN Technologies (ARV $33.99 )

· (15) PowerShell Plus Professional Edition version 4.0 from Idera (ARV $199 )

· (3) Managing VMware Infrastructure with Windows PowerShell: TFM ebook from SAPIEN Technologies (ARV $33.99 )

· (3) Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell:TFM ebook from SAPIEN Technologies (ARV $33.99)

· (50) ebooks from O’Reilly Media (ARV $20.00 )


· (20) A 4 hour training block from Start-Automating (ARV $400)

o Two awarded per day

We will only award one Contest Prize, one Grand Prize and one Daily Prize per person during the Entry Period.

If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within fourteen (14) days following the random drawing. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner.

If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Challenge. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.

If you are confirmed as a winner of this Challenge: 

You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services. However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and

You may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and

If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and

If you are otherwise eligible for this Challenge, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and

Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions.


Your odds of winning this Challenge depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.


By entering this Challenge you agree:

· To abide by these Official Rules; and

· To release and hold harmless Microsoft, and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Challenge or any prize won; and

· That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Challenge; and

· That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Challenge, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.


This Challenge will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Challenge.


If cheating, a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and/or integrity of this Challenge, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Challenge. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Challenge, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Challenge.

If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Challenge by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Challenge, so please play fairly.


We will post the names of winners who received a prize worth $25.00 or more at http://blogs.technet.com/heyscriptingguy. This list will remain posted one month after April 15, 2011.


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Comments (5)

  1. mredwilson says:

    @Brian Jester the "prize period" is actually an entire week. I am only choosing the prizes from the events that are completed. Therefore the first prize period was for the completed event 1, and the second prize period was for completed event 2. Because I had to extend the due date for event 1, then both event 1 and 2 expired on the same day, and therefore I selected TWO prize days yesterday. Today, I selected prize 3 from event 3 … therefore you have the entire 7 day period for each script before the prizes are drawn for that event. Good luck in the games.

  2. mredwilson says:

    @FP try it again, there were a few outages. It is working great now.

  3. FP says:

    I do not can register at poshcod. Sorry, an error occurred while processing your request.

  4. Brian Jester says:

    Why not make the prize period longer than 1 day?  That would give us wiggle room to work on a script for more than one day, and to whip out 2 or 3 in a day if we have time.

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