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.

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


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.

Arizona PowerShell Users Group – November 1st


We are excited to announce that Larry Steele will be next months PowerShell users group speaker.

Topic: Automated SQL Deployments with Powershell

Here is what larry will be covering in this session:

  • Visual Studio SQL database project setup and build output
  • Required tools and components for DacPac deployment
  • SQL Command actions
  • Anatomy of the Powershell


Larry Steele is a Configuration Manager/Developer working for PulteGroup, Inc. in the Phoenix area. He’s held various positions in QA, Development, Support, and Systems Analysis and has been practicing in the IT industry for the last 15 years. He is an avid Systems Solutions practitioner specializing in Configuration Management and Continuous Delivery using automation techniques. Larry’s main focus has been supporting Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server deployments using Visual Studio Team Systems to automate application releases using various forms of deployment methods.

Session will be November 1st 2016 at the Microsoft Store in the Scottsdale fashion center mall.

Details about this are posted on  and Event Brite signup.

Arizona PowerShell Users Group August 2016

I’m excited to announce that a great speaker(Kirk Munro) will be next months PowerShell users group speaker. He has a number of video’s for the various topics he has spoken about on YouTube:

You can find his information on twitter here
Every time I’ve listened to him speak I’ve learned something new.

Session will be August 2nd 2016 at the Microsoft Store in the Scottsdale fashion center mall. Since he will be remote we’ll be doing this via live stream so watch for the Live stream location(coming soon).

Details about this are posted on  and Event Brite signup.

PowerShell Users Group June 7 2016

Speaker: Thom Schumacher @driberif

Topic: Azure Run Book Automation

Come to this session to learn how to use Azure WebHooks to call your automation.  I’ll be demonstrating how to do this using Azure Automation PowerShell ISE add-on great writeup here ISE Add – On Editing Runbooks. In addition I’ll be demoing a what I used this automation for Azure Alert Aggregator and how to keep your modules up to date with Updating Azure modules – In Azure Automation.



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Microsoft Store Store

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June Session will be held at Microsoft Store – Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E Camelback Rd,
Scottsdale, Az 85281

Time is 5:30 to 8:00PM – 5:30 to 6pm is to allow speaker time to setup.


May 2016 Az Powershell Minute Notes

This month we had Don Jones, an instructor, speaker and co-author on PowerShell and Microsoft MVP since 2003. Don helps run, the PowerShell Summit events and the Scripting Games. Catch Don’s video training for PowerShell through Pluralsight, and the YouTube channel.


Don talked about Desired State Configuration (DSC) and DevOps.

DSC is a new management platform in Windows 2012 where PowerShell enables deploying and managing configuration data for software services, it also manages the environment in which these services run.

DSC provides a set of Windows PowerShell language extensions. These are new Windows PowerShell cmdlets and resources used to configure software environments. These cmdlets also provide a means to maintain and manage existing configurations.

DevOps takes Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Agile methodologies to a comprehensive platform by addressing the needs of the digital business along with the technology of DSC. These two technologies run in tandem; DSC configures and maintains the virtual front-end environment while DevOps manages the collaboration between different apps and environments. The benefits of DSC as a part of DevOps are:

  • DevOps manages the critical importance of transparency, communication and collaboration between development and operations teams.
  • DevOps runs the inclusion of the project’s business owner and other critical groups such as security (DevOpsSec), networking and compliance.
  • DevOps reduces managing unique objects such as assigning IP addresses and DNS Servers.
  • DSC can assign computer names, IP-Addresses,etc
  • DSC can deploy the image and join the computer to Active Directory.
  • DSC can do separate things for different applications such as applying baseline security policies and installing updates.
  • Scripts no longer have to be told how to install, they are instructed to install and they figure it out.

An example is to picture DSC as a front-end. This front-end acts and feels much like group policies does today and DevOps is the back-end database.


Learn how to configure and implement:

  • DevOps and DSC
  • PKI
  • AD Certificate Services

Don’t waste time learning Exchange Server, Microsoft is no longer developing future releases of Exchange, it is most likely re-developing into a hosted email solution.

PowerShell Users Group May 3 2016

We are pleased to announce that the President of Don Jones will be our guest speaker.

Watch it Live here:

Topic: State of Powershell and DSC

Come to our session to learn what is happening next with the Shell. Where the bad news is, and where you should focus your attention.




Don Jones is a Windows PowerShell MVP, author of several Windows PowerShell books (and other IT books), Co-founder and President/CEO of, PowerShell columnist for Microsoft TechNet Magazine, PowerShell educator, and designer/author of several Windows PowerShell courses (including Microsoft’s). Power to the shell!


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Microsoft Store Store

This Session will be held @ interface Training Center in Phoenix.

3110 N Central Ave Ste 160, Phoenix, AZ 85012 · (602) 266-8500

PowerShell Users Group April 5 2016

For our session in April our speaker is Jason Yoder.

Topic: Objects, Objects Everywhere

From the most basic usage of PowerShell to its most advanced concepts, these little bundles of data are used everywhere. Originally only existing in the developer’s world, IT Professions now need to understand objects at a very deep level to fully leverage them.  Microsoft Certified Trainer and sapienmvpSAPIEN PowerShell MVP Jason Yoder will take you into the world of objects and discover what makes them tick.  We will look at more ways than you may be aware of too created and harness their power. Have a trial copy of SAPIEN PowerShell Studio 2015 on your laptop to fully participate in the fun.


Jason Yoder is a lifelong technology enthusiast, a Microsoft Certified Trainer, and a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree as well as high level Microsoft certifications on all operating systems from Windows NT 4 to Windows Server 2012. Jason started his career in 1997 as the Technology Coordinator for a public system in Indiana. He then moved to a regional engineering company in Indianapolis and helped to take them to both a national, and international level. As a Chief Information System Technician in the United States Navy, Jason works to improve naval computer systems and to train junior Sailors to become IT Professionals. Jason specializes in delivering training for Windows PowerShell, Server, and Client. His clients span public, private, government, and military organizations and has delivered training in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. He is also a technical reviewer for Microsoft’s official training on Windows PowerShell and the moderator for the Active Directory forums on


Tek Systems

Microsoft Store Store

April Session will be held at Microsoft Store – Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E Camelback Rd,
Scottsdale, Az 85281

Time is 5:30 to 8:00PM – 5:30 to 6pm is to allow speaker time to setup.

PowerShell Users Group March 1 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Scripting Guy, Scripting Wife and Jason Helmick will be joining us for our session in March.

Topic: There is a lot to like about PowerShell 5.0. Lots and lots of stuff. But hidden amongst the much published blockbuster features are some simple things that may be easily overlooked. But the intrepid scripter overlooks them to their detriment. In this session Ed Wilson, the Microsoft Scripting Guy, talks about five new features in Windows PowerShell 5.0 that he uses on a daily basis to make his life and his scripts easier.




We’ll post the details here as they become available. Best option is to be on site for this event.  For those that cannot attend we are working on a Online event to allow folks across the globe to attend virtually.


Location: Microsoft Office in Tempe

Time: March 1st 2016 5:30pm to 8:00pm (Arizona Time)

The event will be posted on Event Brite Stay tuned for details.

If you wish to be on the notification list for future Users group meetings be sure to sign up via Mail chimp subscription here: AZ PowerShell Users Group sign up

About our Speakers:

Ed Wilson:

Ed Wilson is a well-known scripting expert. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer who has delivered a popular Windows PowerShell workshop to Microsoft Premier customers worldwide. Ed has written six books on Microsoft Windows scripting for Microsoft Press. His three Windows PowerShell books are Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best PracticesWindows PowerShell Scripting Guide, and Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step by Step. He has also written or contributed to almost a dozen other books. Ed holds more than 20 industry certifications, including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Before coming to work for Microsoft, Ed was a senior consultant for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner where he specialized in Active Directory design and Exchange Server implementation. Ed and the “Scripting Wife” Teresa live in South Carolina. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, underwater photography, and scuba diving. And tea.

Teresa Wilson:

Teresa Wilson is the real life “Scripting Wife” to Ed. She grew up on a farm in Kentucky and loves country life. She worked most of her years in the accounting field and does not consider herself a technical person, but she saw the opportunity to encourage beginners to embrace Windows PowerShell and has been Ed’s student in his blogs as he describes scripting for people starting out. She also loves people and enjoys helping and volunteers as the booking agent for the PowerScripting Podcast and has assisted MVP Jim Christopher in starting the Charlotte PowerShell Users Group.  As Ed speaks at different events Teresa can usually be found with him helping pass out business cards and words of encouragement. In her spare time Teresa is an avid reader and you won’t find her without a book or two in hand.

Jason Helmick:

Jason Helmick is an author for Pluralsight. His IT career spans more than 25 years or enterprise consulting on a variety of technologies, with a focus on strategic IT business planning. He’s a highly successful IT author, columnist, lecturer, and instructor, specializing in automation practices for the IT pro. Jason is a leader in the IT professional community, and serves as board member and COO/CFO of PowerShell.Org. Jason’s publications include Learn Windows IIS in a Month of Lunches, and he has contributed to numerous industry publications and periodicals, including PowerShell Deep Dives and Microsoft TechNet Magazine. He is a sought-after speaker at numerous technical conferences and symposia, and has been a featured presenter in the Microsoft Virtual Academy.