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Reflecting on Ignite 2015 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I know I am late to the game, Ignite ended over a week ago! I would just like to share my perspective on how the week went, as it was quite different than I am used to. This year I went to Ignite as Staff, I’ve never worked a conference, let alone one the size of Ignite.

Note: I thought it would be a good idea to shave - not doing this again for a long time!

Note: I thought it would be a good idea to shave – not doing this again for a long time!

My week of Ignite actually started quite early, I arrived Friday May 1st in the evening to Chicago. My first thought it holy cow I’m going to hate Chicago, they had the NFL Draft going, and traffic was crazy. I’ve been to Chicago before but did not remember how much traffic there was! After missing a turn and adding an additional 20 minutes to my 2 1/2 hour drive from Indianapolis I was ready to unwind in the hotel. Check-in was fairly easy, aside from the long wait to check in.

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Building a Desired State Configuration (DSC) Lab

Recently I presenting at the Indianapolis PowerShell User Group and talked about Desired State Configuration. The presentation was 100% demonstrations, and I decided it would be a good idea to provide all of the PowerShell commands/instructions I used to build my lab environment for the presentation.

Note: Please note that these instructions were written using multiple Experimental DSC Resources, Microsoft and I myself provide no guarantee that these will work in a production environment. I strongly encourage that you use test environments that do not matter until you feel comfortable with DSC.


  • Licensed/Trial Media for Windows Server 2012 R2
  • An installed/updated Sys prepped VM Parent Disk
    • Stored at D:\Templates\Server2012R2.vhdx
  • a Virtual Switch within Hyper-V Configured as a Private, named “Private Network”
  • At least 7GB of free memory
    • You can adjust this all the way down to just 4GB
  • Downloaded copy of the latest DSC Resource Kit – Download Here

Now before we dive into the scripting component of this blog post I want you to know that this is not 100% automated. You will have some manual steps here and there, it is possible to 100% automate – but that will require significantly more effort. Please continue reading for instructions on this demonstration.

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PowerShell Summit: PowerShell Makes SharePoint oh so Magical – PowerPoint

My second session of the PowerShell Summit 2014 covered Automating the installation of SharePoint 2013 SP1 using multiple community based tools. Once we installed SharePoint we started exploring how we can browse the SharePoint API to find information we are looking for. Below is the PowerPoint that was used.

PowerShell Summit: PowerCLI – Automating Your VMware Environment Reporting – PowerPoint

This morning I presenting PowerCLI – Automating Your VMware Environment Reporting at the PowerShell Summit 2014. Below is the PowerPoint that was used during this presentation, with additional slides including screenshots of the different steps we went through with the demonstration.

IndyPoSh and Indy VMUG PowerShell Basics v3 and v4

Hello everyone! Long time no post; more details surrounding that will be coming! Tonight I would like to share the PowerPoint I used for the IndyPoSh/Indy VMUG presentation I presented tonight! This goes very brief over PowerShell Basics for PowerShell v3 and v4.