The Mississippi PowerShell User Group has an official meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30pm Central Time where we have a specific agenda and try to bring in an awesome speaker to present for us. Here’s our lineup of awesome speakers for 2013. Want to use PowerShell to determine when our official monthly user group meetings are? Our user group meetings are on the same day as patch Tuesday and Richard Siddaway has a PowerShell script for determining when Patch Tuesday is so it can also be used to determine when our user group meetings are. Jeff Wouters had posted a blog about that script yesterday on his blog site.
We also have a members only weekly meeting where there’s no specific agenda or PowerPoint presentation. These weekly meetings are an open forum to discuss any cool PowerShell stuff we’ve worked on for the past week or any problems we’re experiencing with something PowerShell related. This week, John Mello, one of the Co-Founders of the Philadelphia PowerShell User Group joined Rohn and I. We discussed using PowerShell to manipulate Windows services. I talked about using WMI to retrieve the user account that services on remote servers are running as. There’s a really good article on that subject on the Petri IT Knowledgebase that was written by Jeffery Hicks. Rohn gave us a demo on a series of blog articles he’s working on that has to do with Windows services and security (I won’t go into more detail about his demo since I don’t want to spoil the fun of reading his blog articles). We also talked with John about using Microsoft Lync via Office 365 for user group meetings. That’s what user groups are all about (Sharing Knowledge).
It looks like Rohn has one of the blog articles that I referenced published already on his blog site. I believe this will be a series so check back frequently to see if the next blog in the series has been published or subscribe to the RSS feed on his blog site.
It’s been a busy few weeks for me. I spoke at our first MSPSUG meeting two weeks ago and at the Florida PowerShell User Group meeting last week, both on different topics. We ran into some issues trying to record our initial MSPSUG meeting, but the recording for the Florida one last week was successful and can be found on my blog site. I have a couple of blog articles that I’ve written in the past week, one of which is a review of Lee Holmes’s new PowerShell Cookbook, 3rd edition which will be published on my blog site tomorrow morning at 7:30am Central Time. The other blog article that I’ve been working on will be published this weekend on a very popular PowerShell blogging site. 🙂