Videos and slides from Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2016

The Nordic Infrastructure Conference (NIC) conference was arranged in Oslo, Norway on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th of February 2016
Video recordings and slides from mine and Aleksandar Nikolic`s sessions is now available:

Title Video Slides Speakers
PowerShell Desired State Configuration – Real World Experiences Link Link Jan Egil Ring
Remote Management of Nano Server Link Link Aleksandar Nikolic & Jan Egil Ring

You can find recordings of all the other great sessions from the conference here.

Speaking at Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2016

The Nordic Infrastructure Conference (NIC) conference will be held in Oslo, Norway on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th of February 2016 (with a pre-conference day on Wednesday February 3rd).

This will become the 5th edition of NIC, a conference dedicated to driving technical IT best practice across IT Professionals.

Once again I’m honored to be a speaker at this great conference, where I’ll be delivering two sessions. One on my own, and one together with my good friend Aleksandar Nikolic.

The session me and Aleksandar will be delivering is called Remote Management of Nano Server, where we will showcase remote script authoring, remote debugging, improved file transfer as well as some practical demos showing how to manage server roles such as DNS Server and Hyper-V both using PowerShell and familiar GUI tools.

The other session I will deliver is called PowerShell Desired State Configuration – Real World Experiences, where I will share experiences from implementing PowerShell DSC in a production environment. The first half of the session will be based on a project for deploying Hyper-V hosts on a larger scale leveraging PowerShell 4.0 and a local PowerShell DSC pull server. The second part will show how PowerShell DSC was integrated into a fully automated VM deployment solution, where PowerShell 5.0 is leveraged together with Azure Automation DSC as a pull server.

Less slides, more demos!

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2016 Microsoft MVP Award

January 1st I got the following e-mail from Microsoft:

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Dear Jan Egil Ring,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2016 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Cloud and Datacenter Management technical communities during the past year.

 

I feel very honored and privileged to continue being a part of the Microsoft MVP community, and look forward to share more knowledge with the community going forward.

The past year have had many highlights, such as speaking at the Nordic Infrastructure Conference in Oslo and PowerShell Summit Europe in Stockholm. The biggest highlight happened on the personal level, when our son Samuel was born in May. Becoming a father is an amazing experience which can’t be described by words. It has also meant a lot of hard work (and much less sleep), so I haven’t had the chance to contribute with as much articles since then. Although, I did do some PowerShell-related things with regards to the little one as well:

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I joined the PowerShell Magazine back in 2014. As I have stated earlier, my technical articles are published there, while this blog is used for announcement like this, sharing resources from presentations and so on. On the short term, I’ll present at the 2016 Nordic Infrastructure Conference in Oslo, which I’m really looking forward to (more details shortly in a new blog post).

There are also exciting things happening at work, where I’ll shortly join a new internal team which will focus on automation and developing new infrastructure solutions around this.

I’m sure 2016 is going to be an awesome year, both on the personal level (I’ll spend 3 months on paternity leave with my son from April to July) as well as in the technology space. Windows Server 2016 is going to be released, which includes the new and exciting installation option Nano Server. In addition, there are of course a lot of other areas both in the PowerShell and DevOps space I’m excited to work on.

Videos, slides and demos from PowerShell Summit Europe 2015

The PowerShell Summit Europe 2015 conference was arranged in Stockholm, Sweden on September 14-16.

I`ve written an article on PowerShell Magazine where I shared pictures and my experiences from the conference.

Video recordings, slides and demo-code (Git repositories) is from my sessions is available here:

Title Video Slides Demo-code
Manage your IT Pro computer using PowerShell Link Link Link
PowerShell Desired State Configuration – Real World Experiences Link Link Link

Speaking at PowerShell Summit Europe 2015

I will be presenting 2 sessions at PowerShell Summit Europe 2015. The conference will be in Stockholm (Kista), Sweden, on September 14-16.

Registration for PowerShell Summit Europe was opened on February 27th, 2015, you can read the announcement here.

 

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You will have the opportunity to meet many people from the PowerShell community at the conference, as well as members from the PowerShell team at Microsoft.

The topics for my sessions is OneGet/PowerShellGet and PowerShell Desired State Configuration:

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Hope to see you at the conference!

2015 Microsoft MVP Award

The first day of the New Year has been very exciting for the last 5 years, as I am keeping extra attention to my inbox looking to see if the magic e-mail arrives. This year it did happen as well:

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Dear Jan Egil Ring,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in PowerShell technical communities during the past year.

I feel very privileged to be part of such an amazing community which has evolved around PowerShell. Highlights of the past year in addition to online contributions:

A lot of exciting things will happen in 2015 as well, such as the upcoming Scripting Games, the 4th Edition of the NIC conference and PowerShell training classes. A new version of Windows will also be released this year, which means a new version of PowerShell (V5) will also be available. Microsoft is constantly releasing preview versions of PowerShell V5, and thus we have been able to see what is coming with regards to new and exciting features such as OneGet, PowerShellGet & PowerShell Gallery, enhancements to Desired State Configuration, ConvertFrom-String and so on.

There are also a lot of new features in the next version of Windows Server to be excited about, such as Storage Replication and Rolling Hyper-V Cluster Upgrades.

I will still maintain blog.powershell.no for publishing conference slides from my speaker sessions, book reviews and so on, but PowerShell related articles will mainly be posted on PowerShell Magazine. I am also publishing articles related to Microsoft infrastructure on my employer’s blog (Crayon Norway).

Resources

Status update

As you might have noticed there have been few updates on my blog in the last months. On March 4th 2014 I was honored to  join PowerShell Magazine, and due to this my PowerShell related articles will be published there going forward.

I am also writing Microsoft infrastructure related articles,  published on my employers blog (Crayon Norway).

This blog will still be used for publishing articles such as conference slides from my sessions, book reviews and so on.

 

Resources

My contributions on PowerShell Magazine

My contributions on Crayons blog

Book recommendation: The Phoenix Project

I just finished reading The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win:

 

The story is about Bill Palmer, an IT Manager at a company called Parts Unlimited. The company is considering outsourcing IT or splitting up the company, due to many failures in operations and projects. The competitors has launched new and innovative services, while Parts Unlimited stays behind and loses customers. The company initiates a new IT project code named The Phoenix Project in order to catch up with the market and save the company. During the book common scenarios in many IT departments everyday life is observed such as much firefighting and not being able to keep up with projects. As often before, internal IT projects which would have mitigated many of the problems is not prioritized. Getting more people is not an option according to the CEO, and would unlikely resolve the issues as we learn during the story. We learn how to think about IT, how cloud computing can be leveraged, as well as the importance of practices like ITIL and interdepartmental communications such as between developers and operations. Many times during the book I thought of how this relates to Windows PowerShell in terms of being able to automate manual repetitive work, as well as having consistent procedures for operations such as deployments. Specifically, technologies such as PowerShell Workflow and Desired State Configuration is coming to mind when Im thinking about how to solve many of the challenges.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who will be working with IT in the coming years, it really is an eye-opener. No matter what your role in IT is, I think you will learn something which can help you and your business going forward.

 

Related links

2014 Microsoft MVP Award

On January 1st I got an e-mail from Microsoft stating that I am renewed as a PowerShell MVP for another year:

Dear Jan Egil Ring,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in PowerShell technical communities during the past year.

This is the 4th time I receive this award, and I am very honored and privileged to be part of this amazing community. Windows PowerShell 4.0 was released last year as part of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, with a very broad PowerShell coverage. New features such as Desired State Configuration opens up for even more possibilities. Im looking forward to contribute and interact with the PowerShell community in 2014, as we see that PowerShell and automation in general is becoming more and more important.

Resources

About the MVP Award Program

Windows PowerShell MVP Awardees

Jan Egil Rings MVP Profile

2012 Microsoft MVP Award

On January 1st last year I was awarded the Microsoft MVP Award for my contributions in the PowerShell community. The MVP Award is valid for 1 year, and is based on the contributions for the past year. On January 1st this year I was re-awarded for my 2nd year as an MVP:

Dear Jan Egil Ring,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in PowerShell technical communities during the past year.

I feel very honored to be part of this outstanding community, and I look forward to an exciting year coming with a new release of Windows and PowerShell.

Resources

About the MVP Award Program

Windows PowerShell MVP Awardees

MVPs.org community site

Microsoft MVP FAQ