Script Club Meeting – April 3rd   Leave a comment

Rather than following the presentation format that we have been doing, we are going to hold a script club style meeting! Please bring a script that you’d like to discuss and look through as a group. Adam will bring a few scripts to show off to the group and work through. Feel free to bring scripts that you are working on at work or in your free time.

Looking for interesting scripts?
TechNet Script Center Repository

The meeting will start at 5:30 and go as long as people want to stay. We will be meeting at Wipfli as always. Hope to see you there!


Posted March 20, 2012 by adriscoll86 in Meeting

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March Meeting – DATE MOVED!! – International PowerShell User Group Day   Leave a comment

The date is moved to Monday, March 19th. We will resume our regular schedule in April.

We will be celebrating International PowerShell User Group Day! This event brings together all the PowerShell user groups around the world on a single day. Prizes will be given away and Don Jones, Ed Wilson and the PowerShell team will be giving presentations. Space is limited to user groups so you will have to come to the meeting in order to access the LiveMeeting. Our slot is scheduled for 5:00 PM CST.

For more information please visit the International PowerShell User Group Day/ website.

Location Information:

Address info:
2501 W Beltline Hwy
Madison, WI 53713

The conference room is in the East Tower on the 4th Floor in the
“Wipfli” space.

Posted February 27, 2012 by adriscoll86 in Meeting

February Meeting Notes   Leave a comment

Today we welcomed Steve Murawski from the Milwaukee Script Club. He presented on admin tools for free. We ran through some of the basic functionality that administrators can use that is built right into PowerShell. Rather than having a script sharing session, Steve presented for over an hour and half with a ton of great information. Thanks Steve for a great presentation!!

Steve runs the Milwaukee Script Club so if you are in the area, feel free to join them on every third Tuesday.

Links from the meeting


  • 7 Attendees in Person
  • 3 Attendees online
  • We spent about 20 minutes chatting and had a short announcements section
  • The presentation ran for 1 hour and 41 minutes

We had some issues with video during the meeting. We will try to correct this for future meetings. We did record this meeting but the video in the recording experienced the same issues that we had with video during the LiveMeeting. If you want to attempt to watch the video feel free to check it out here.

Our next meeting is scheduled for March 6th. We may adjust this date to coincide with the International PowerShell User Group day so stay tuned for that information!

Update: Steve Murawski will be presenting next week   Leave a comment

Unfortunately, Richard will not be able to join us next week. Fortunately, we will welcome Steve Murawski to the Madison PowerShell User Group. We hope that Richard will be able to join us in the future but are excited to have Steve present. Steve will cover the same topic at the same time and place as Richard. We will still be remote-capable and broadcast the meeting with the LiveMeeting information previously provided.  See you next Tuesday!

About Steve Murawski:

I’m a Senior Windows System Engineer for Edgenet and a Microsoft MVP in PowerShell.  In this role, I support a dynamic infrastructure that pushes the boundaries of the Windows platform.  PowerShell allows me to support this infrastructure in a more consistent and efficient manner.

I’m an advocate for PowerShell, as I believe it encourages administrative best practices and allows developers to provide additional access to their applications, without needing to explicitly write code for each administrative feature. Part of my advocacy for PowerShell includes my blog, appearances on various podcasts, and involvement with local user groups (Greater Milwaukee Script Club,and the Greater Milwaukee IT Pro User Community).

Posted February 3, 2012 by adriscoll86 in Meeting

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February 7th – Richard Siddaway presents PowerShell – Admin tools for free   1 comment

UPDATE: Richard is unable to attend! We will be welcoming Steven Murawski of the Milwaukee Script Club! We hope to have Richard join us sometime later this year.  

Coming in February: We will be welcoming Richard Siddaway! 


The session will cover the administrative tasks that can be performed using just the tools that install with PowerShell v2. This will cover the cmdlets, some simple scripts and a quick look at WMI. At the end of the session you will have a grasp of the breadth of tasks PowerShell can accomplish, some sample scripts to start building your own library and a view on where to go next.

Presenter: Richard Siddaway
I have been working with Microsoft technologies for over 22 years having spent time in most IT roles including analyst-programmer, server administration, support, DBA and architect.  I have been interested in automation techniques (including automating job creation and submission on mainframes many years ago!).  I have been using VBScript and WMI since it became available on NT 4.  PowerShell caught my interest when I first heard about it and I have been using it since the early beta versions.  My blog is mainly about PowerShell.  I founded and run the UK PowerShell user Group and I am a PowerShell MVP.  I have given numerous talks on PowerShell at various events in the UK, Europe and the USA. I am a frequent speaker for PowerShell user groups worldwide. I have had a number of articles on PowerShell published including expert commentary’s on the Microsoft Scripting Games for which I have been a judge for the last two years.. PowerShell in Practice (Manning) was published in June 2010 and I am currently finishing PowerShell and WMI (Manning) to be published in 2012. A further title PowerShell in Depth will be published towards the end of 2012.
Richard Siddaway’s Blog
  • 5:30 – Mingle and food (Adam will bring pizza, feel free to bring something for the group if you’d like!)
  • 6:00 –  Presentation:  PowerShell – Admin tools for free by Richard Siddaway
  • 7:00 – Discussion, Script Party*

* Please bring in a script that you would like to discuss. You can show it off or we can work through your problems as a group.

When and Where

Tuesday, February 7th

Address info:
2501 W Beltline Hwy
Madison, WI 53713

The conference room is in the East Tower on the 4th Floor in the
“Wipfli” space.

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Posted January 15, 2012 by adriscoll86 in Meeting

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Meeting Notes – January 3rd – Ed Wilson Presents Windows PowerShell Best Practices   Leave a comment

Ed Wilson did a great presentation on PowerShell best practices and the use of modules. Thanks Ed! We met the first people in the group and had a great time talking about what we have been using PowerShell for. Many of us are new to PowerShell so if you are new as well we would love to have you join!


  • Ed’s Presentation was about an hour long.
  • We had 9 people attend in person and about 15 attend remotely.
  • Post-presentation last about 30 minutes with a couple give aways and some general discussion.

Related Links from today’s meeting

Other Notes

  • We are looking for feedback on what you’d like to get out of the next meeting. Please comment if you have some ideas!
  • One topic that was suggested was PowerShell 3.0, which Adam Driscoll would present. Let us know how you feel about that.
  • If you’d like to bring a script you’d like to look at as a group, please do! There will be time assigned during the next meeting.


Posted January 3, 2012 by adriscoll86 in Uncategorized

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January Meeting – Ed Wilson and Windows PowerShell Best Practices   Leave a comment

Please mark your calendars for the first official Madison PowerShell User Group meeting! We are happy to welcome Ed Wilson, the Microsoft Scripting Guy. He’ll be speaking about PowerShell best practices. This is not a meeting to miss! If you’re just starting out or a seasoned PowerShell user, you will no doubt learn something from the Scripting Guy.

Windows PowerShell Best Practices

Learn Windows PowerShell best practices as they apply to each stage of the script development lifecycle. See the differences between working interactively from the Windows PowerShell prompt, writing an inline script, adding basic function, advanced functions and finally the implementation of Windows PowerShell Modules. What is a local best practice for Windows PowerShell development is not the same as a global best practice, and this talk covers those differences.

About Ed Wilson:

Ed Wilson, MCSE, MSCBA, MCT is the Microsoft Scripting Guy. As such, he writes the popular Hey Scripting Guy blog for Microsoft, speaks at conferences such as TechEd and TechReady. He is very active in the community and has spoken to numerous user groups around the world via Live Meeting and in person. Ed has written numerous books about VBScript, WMI, and Windows PowerShell scripting and his latest release is Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices. In addition he wrote all the scripts for the Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 Resource kits. Ed lives in York, South Carolina and Ed has been with Microsoft since 2001. Prior to becoming the writer of the Hey Scripting Guy blog Ed taught scripting workshops worldwide to Microsoft Premier customers.


We’ll be giving away a couple copies of Ed’s book Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices and a copy of Managing Active Directory With Windows PowerShell by Jeffery Hick, a couple PowerGUI T-Shirts and some PowerGUI stickers.

When and Where

Tuesday, January 3rd

Meeting is scheduled for 5:30 PM.

Ed’s presentation is scheduled for 6PM.

Address info:
2501 W Beltline Hwy
Madison, WI 53713

The conference room is in the East Tower on the 4th Floor in the
“Wipfli” space.

Join us online!

If you can’t make the meeting in person, feel free to join the presentation online!

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Posted December 12, 2011 by adriscoll86 in Uncategorized