Arizona PowerShell – August 1st

Test Driven Development Using Chef

Test Driven Development of Chef Infrastructure Automation on Windows Configuration management is currently all the rage in the DevOps space right now but few are investing in the quality of their configuration code like they do with application code. Yet, all the same benefits apply resulting in a faster feedback loop and ultimately cost/time savings. In this session we will cover how to develop Chef cookbooks (with DSC resources) for Windows by writing rspec/Pester tests first. We will review how the red-green-red-green process ensures we have valid and useful tests. For good measure we will also show how mocking works to help isolate your tests. In addition to reviewing existing cookbooks, we will also write some new configuration code in the test-first style during the talk.  Chef, Kitchen, rspec, PowerShell, DSC and Pester make for a power combination when used together to write tests which drive the development of your configuration code. Come hear how we use this stack of tools to write our configuration code at EBSCO with high quality and you can too.

About Robb Scheiefer Robb S|chief7|er

Robb Schiefer is a Solution Architect for EBSCO Industries, a global company with businesses in Information Services and a wide range of industries headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. After successfully transitioning from quarterly to daily deployments for his group at EBSCO, Robb developed a passion for evangelizing DevOps and Continuous Delivery to anyone that will listen (and some that won’t). The goal of which is to continually improve the speed of value delivery to customers. Robb is also a co-founder of the Birmingham .NET Meetup in Birmingham, AL and a Microsoft MVP. Beyond the joys of software development, he enjoys family time, church, blogging and long walks on the beach.

Where

Signup here: EventBrite

Tuesday August 1st, from 5:30 pm – 8 pm Arizona Time ( first 30 minutes reserved for speaker setup and for attendees to  network).  Speaker should start around 6 pm.

Tek Systems 
2625 South Plaza Drive
Suite #301 : 3rd Floor in the main conference room.
Tempe, AZ

Arizona PowerShell – July 11th

Adding Intellisense support to your PowerShell Modules

Intellisense is a powerful component of any PowerShell module that improves user experience. We’ll explore how to build and test your own Intellisense results using native interfaces in PowerShell.

NOTE: This Session will not be recorded or available online. This is an in person Session only. 

 

Trevor-Rocky-Mountain-National-Park-2013-resized[1]About Trevor Sullivan:

Trevor Sullivan is a 13+ verteran in the software industry and has extensive experience in business, consulting, and training.

 

Location:

Tuesday July 11th, from 5:30 pm – 8 pm Arizona Time ( first 30 minutes reserved for speaker setup and for attendees to  network).  Speaker should start around 6 pm.

Tek Systems 
2625 South Plaza Drive
Suite #301 : 3rd Floor in the main conference room.
Tempe, AZ

Signup : EventBrite

Arizona PowerShell – June 6th

Getting Started with PowerShell Development in Visual Studio Code

If you’ve written a script in PowerShell then you’ve probably used the PowerShell ISE. Now that PowerShell has gone cross-platform, Visual Studio Code has become the new official editor for PowerShell development. David will show you how to get started using Visual Studio Code for PowerShell development. Learn how you can use Visual Studio Code to develop, debug and test your scripts in Windows or Linux!

About David Wilson
David is a software engineer in the PowerShell team at Microsoft, working to evolve the PowerShell development experience. He is the lead developer of the PowerShell extension for Visual Studio Code and PowerShell Editor Services.

Streaming: We’ll do our level best to stream this content and be live look here for the live feed.

Location:

Tuesday June 6th, from 5:30 pm – 8 pm Arizona Time ( first 30 minutes reserved for speaker setup and for attendees to  network).  Speaker should start around 6 pm.

Tek Systems 
2625 South Plaza Drive
Suite #301 : 3rd Floor in the main conference room.
Tempe, AZ

Signup : Eventbrite 

Arizona PowerShell – May 2nd

Pester

In this session, we will be discussing Pester, how it is setup, how it can be used, and also show live examples of Pester in practice.  Pester is a very unique tool because it is geared towards testing PowerShell scripts and verifying outputs.  When you use Pester, it can help everyone write better and more efficient code.  It will change your philosophy on how to write functions and how you can make sure they don’t break in the future.  We can also make sure that bugs that have popped up in the past can be avoided in the future.  We will also be discussing how Pester can be used to test your infrastructure.

Our Speakers: Joshua Twitchell, Joel Baltrus

JoshuaTwitchellJoshua Twitchell: Configuration Manager admin for Kiewit Construction.  Been using PowerShell for everything over the past 4 yrs.  Very much of the opinion of automate everything!

Joel Baltrus: Has lived in Arizona for 12 years and has been using PowerShell since v2. Is currently employed as a DevOps Engineer doing mostly PowerShell development. Discovered Pester about 2 years ago and continues to use it. Still learning how to write better code every day and Pester is the tool to help with that. Recently was lucky enough to attend the 2017 PowerShell DevOps Summit in Bellevue.

Sign up here: EventBrite

Location:

Tek Systems 
2625 South Plaza Drive
Suite #301 : 3rd Floor in the main conference room.
Tempe
AZ

Arizona PowerShell – April 4th

PowerShell Non-Monolithic Script Module Design

Creating a script module in PowerShell is a very simplistic process, but there are a number of reasons why you might not want to create one huge monolithic PSM1 script module file that contains all of your module’s functions. During this session, Microsoft MVP Mike F Robbins will demonstrate how to separate each of your module’s functions into its own dedicated PS1 file that’s dot-sourced from your script module’s PSM1 file along with discussing this design methodology and the challenges that it creates. Many times resolving one problem seems to create more problems such as cmdlets from other modules showing up as being exported by your module. The solution to these problems and more will be provided during this session. Mike will also demonstrate using a Pester test to validate that all of the functions are indeed exported along with using a function to help automate the module manifest update process when additional functions are added to your module.

Our Speaker: Mike F. Robbins

Mike F Robbins is a Microsoft PowerShell MVP and a SAPIEN Technologies MVP. He is a co-author of Windows PowerShell TFM 4th Edition and is a contributing author of a chapter in the PowerShell Deep Dives book. Mike has written guest blog articles for the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog, PowerShell Magazine, and PowerShell.org. He is the winner of the advanced category in the 2013 PowerShell Scripting Games. Mike is also the leader and co-founder of the Mississippi PowerShell User Group. He blogs at mikefrobbins.com and can be found on twitter @mikefrobbins.

Location:

Tek Systems 
2625 South Plaza Drive
Suite #301 : 3rd Floor in the main conference room.
Tempe
AZ

Arizona PowerShell – March

Topic: Octopus Deploy for the PowerShell User

Deploying an application has traditionally been one of the most painful dangerous parts of software development. Every aging grizzled software developer has a story of an entire weekend being spent dealing with a painful deployment because something didn’t go exactly right. Octopus Deploy is a deployment automation tool that seeks to solve that problem. One of the core technologies used under the covers is PowerShell.

In this talk, I’ll do a quick run-through of what Octopus Deploy is, and how it works, before drilling into where Powershell enters the picture. We’ll start adding some Powershell to our deployment process, along the way looking at conventions used in Octopus, as well as script steps, step templates, and script modules. I’ll also show you how Octopus can use Powershell outside the context of a deployment, with the script console and customized health checks. Finally, I’ll touch on Powershell DSC to start turning the DevOps to eleven.

large_profile_photo_cropped
Our Speaker

Damian is a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and Development Technologies and a Solution Architect for Octopus Deploy recently moved from Brisbane, Australia to Toronto, Canada. He is a book and Pluralsight author, and he regularly speaks at conferences, User Groups, and other events around the world.

Damian spends a lot of time training development teams on how to deliver their software better, be it through improving their agile process, code quality, or DevOps strategy. Most of the time you’ll find him working on Octopus Deploy or helping teams use it better.

Signup here:  EventBrite

Location:

Tek Systems 
2625 South Plaza Drive
Suite #301 : 3rd Floor in the main conference room.
Tempe
AZ

Speaker Calendar

All there has been a fair amount of work that has gone into getting speakers this year for each month.  So here is a list of who’s on Deck to speak at Arizona PowerShell Users group for this year. Speakers that have already spoken are included as well. This is the planned calendar so far and is subject to change.

We look forward to seeing you there.

If you haven’t already you can sign up to get the session information each month: http://mach-me.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=6eeb27da5fc1b28070cb3096a&id=4389b0ed58

You can see some of the video’s we’ve recorded of sessions past:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3RiZUhPQH9cANYnECWrbFA

Arizona PowerShell – February 7th 2017

Topic: PowerShelling Azure
The February meeting will cover the content we weren’t able to see during the December meeting due to the interest and general questions about Azure, Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and Resource Manager Templates.  In February we will walk through some of the basic Azure and ARM PowerShell cmdlets and ways to create/generate ARM Templates.
Azure Resource Manager (ARM) provides a way to organize and manage collections of Azure resources (e.g. VMs, PaaS services, SaaS services).  ARM was made available in 2014 and has become more robust over time and is now the default implementation method for Azure resources.  ARM templates are the Microsoft recommended way to define, configure and deploy in Azure.  ARM templates help support infrastructure as code and have become easier to create and use over the last several months.  Come learn how to quickly and easily create Azure environments in ARM using PowerShell and ARM templates.

About our speaker:

Tim Warner is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management as well as a full-time trainer with Pluralsight. He’s been involved in most aspects of IT since 1997; he and his family reside in Nashville, TN. Connect with Tim via Twitter @TechTrainerTim or at his Azure Depot blog at azuredepot.com.

Signup here EventBrite

Location:

Tek Systems 
2625 South Plaza Drive
Suite #301 : 3rd Floor in the main conference room.
Tempe
AZ

Arizona PowerShell – January 3rd 2017

Topic: PowerShell Forensics

Tools that enable incident response and hunting operations remotely across all versions of windows.

Join us for our first session of the New Year.  Our speaker is known for some cool forensics tools or as he terms it – Security Research and Esoteric PowerShell Knowledge.

Conferences Matt has been a speaker at:

Matthew Graeber

About our Speaker: Matt Graeber

Matthew Graeber (@mattifestation) is the Manager of Research with Veris Group’s Adaptive Threat Division. He has a passion for reverse engineering, PowerShell and advocating the “living off the land” philosophy – tradecraft that makes heavy use of built-in, trusted applications.

In his spare time, he develops an offensive and reverse engineering framework for PowerShell:PowerSploit , CimSweep and PowerShellArsenal, respectively. He has also been designated a Microsoft ‘Most Valuable Professional’ (MVP) in PowerShell.

Sign up Eventbrite

Location:

Tek Systems 
2625 South Plaza Drive
Suite #301 : 3rd Floor in the main conference room.
Tempe
AZ

Arizona PowerShell – December 6th

Topic:Azure Resource Manager and Resource Manager Templates

Azure Resource Manager (ARM) provides a way to organize and manage collections of Azure resources (e.g. VMs, PaaS services, SaaS services).  ARM was made available in 2014 and has become more robust over time and is now the default implementation method for Azure resources.  ARM templates are the Microsoft recommended way to define, configure and deploy in Azure.  ARM templates help support infrastructure as code and have become easier to create and use over the last several months.  Come learn how to quickly and easily create Azure environments in ARM using PowerShell and ARM templates.
 
 

About our speaker: 

tomtownsbiopictureTom Towns is a seasoned system development, SQL Server database and system administration professional.  He has contributed on multiple successful enterprise class commercial health insurance software applications as a senior technical expert and manager in start-ups and large corporations.  Tom’s current areas of focus are DevOps, development/test infrastructure, automated continuous deployment, software packaging, client software deployment and Microsoft Azure.