The First-Ever Dutch PowerShell User Group

Summary: Ed Wilson speaking at the first-ever Dutch Windows PowerShell User Group.

The Scripting Wife and I left Oslo and traveled to Copenhagen via train. There we boarded a sleeper train, and woke up the next day in The Netherlands. We were met in Utrecht at the train by Microsoft PFE Stefan Stranger, and shuttled immediately to the first ever Dutch Windows PowerShell User Group. We arrived just in time for Stefan to make his presentation. He made an excellent presentation about using Visual Studio Team Services for source control for Windows PowerShell. He has written a module that permits checking scripts in and out directly from within the Windows PowerShell ISE. Here is a picture of Stefan. Stefan did a great job, and I have asked him to think about writing up his technique and his module into a guest Hey, Scripting Guy! blog post.

Photo of Steffan Stranger

Next up was Jaap Brasser who spoke about querying Active Directory from Windows PowerShell. It was an excellent presentation and was very well received. I also asked Jaap if he would like to write up a guest blog post.

Photo of Jaap Brasser

We headed out to lunch at the Eindhoven football stadium. One of the things that was really cool, in addition to the lunch, was that we were permitted to go out into the stadium and take a couple of pictures. Here is the stadium.

Photo of Eindhoven football stadium

Upon returning from lunch, it was time for me to speak – I had the remainder of the afternoon and did two sessions. Of course, I began the presentation with Highway to PowerShell … here is a picture of the sold out standing room-only training room (you can see Highway to PowerShell playing on the screen on my laptop, if you look closely).

Photo of afternoon session

During the presentation, I received several really cool questions. The thing I was most impressed about (and I wished I had taken a picture) was when I asked how many people use Windows PowerShell every day – over two-thirds of the room raised their hand. When I asked how many occasionally used Windows PowerShell the remainder of the room raised their hand. Everyone in the room at least used Windows PowerShell occasionally. There were no total noobs in the room. Way cool!!!

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