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Summary of November 12th Users Group Meeting

November 17, 2009

A fun time was had by all at the last Central Ohio PowerShell Users Group.  Dr. Ferdinand Rios, CEO of Sapien Technologies was able to include us on their national tour.  We spent the majority of the time looking at the most recent version of PrimalForms.  Dr. Rios demonstrated a lot of the functionality including but not limited to the following:

  • Integrated Help
  • Integrated Object Browser
  • Packaging capability

Dr. Rios quickly developed a couple applications as part of the demonstration.  If you have the need to develop graphical user interfaces for PowerShell, you really should take some time to download the 45 day trial and give it a test drive.

We also were able to get a sneak peek of the next release of iPowerShell (An iPhone/iTouch app).  The next version is updated for PowerShell 2.0 and has a tighter integration of associated cmdlets. 

The group appreciated the enlightening session (as well as the Donotos pizza)!  Thanks Sapien and Dr. Rios!



November COPUG Meeting

October 1, 2009

Mark your calendar for November 12, 2009!  We will be welcoming the CEO of Sapien Technologies.   As meeting sponsors, Sapien Technologies will be providing dinner (Pizza, drinks) as well as supplying some generous swag!  They will be distributing a few license keys and books as we discuss they scripting related product line. Everyone will walk away with something!

We will also discuss PowerShell Profiles (a great suggestion from the last meeting).

Our meeting will start at 6:30 and will last about an hour.

1275 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212
phone: 614-675-3711

Given that Sapien Technologies is providing dinner, a head count will be needed.  Please RSVP to if you plan on attending.

August COPUG Meeting Agenda

August 24, 2009

Once again, we thank PlatForm Lab for hosting our COPUG meetings!  Our next meeting (August 27th) will be a fun one!

Tentative Agenda:

  • Hand out NetCmdlets (Thank you to the fine folks at /n software).  These cmdlets extend the features of PowerShell with a broad range of network and messaging capabilities
  • Discussion and demonstration of ZedGraph
  • PowerShell Resources
  • Upcoming meetings and sponsors (including but not limited to Idera, Quest and Sapien).
  • Round table discussion

Our meeting will start at 6:30 and will last about an hour.

1275 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212
phone: 614-675-3711

Attendance is mandatory for some of the vendor swag (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). If you are interested in attending, RSVP to:

August COPUG Meeting

August 11, 2009

We have secured a permanent meeting location for the next year.  Many thanks to Platform Lab!  Our next few meeting dates are as follows:

  • August 27, 2009
  • September 24, 2009
  • October 29, 2009
  • December 17, 2009

All meetings are at 6:30 PM (typically on the last Thursday of the month).  Click here for directions to Platform Lab.

The agenda for our August meeting will be sent shortly, we will have some swag from /n software and possibly a sponsored dinner.  Details soon!


Hope to see you there!

Summary of July 30 Users Group Meeting

August 5, 2009

We had a very successful first meeting! The first 30 minutes was dedicated to introductions and discussing meeting logistics. Following is a brief summary of that discussion:

  • We will attempt to meet monthly
  • We hope to work with Platform Lab to establish a permanent meeting location
  • Most attendees agreed that they hope to see this forum as a vehicle for PowerShell exploration
  • Introductions of the 12 people attending resulted in a broad cross section of represented technologies, for example:
    • VM
    • Active Directory
    • Operations Manager
    • Configuration Manager
    • Deployments
    • WMI
    • Exchange
    • Citrix
  • We will have guest speakers from local companies

The 2nd half of the meeting was a Q&A session with Jeff Hicks.

  • Jeff shared with us some of his thoughts with respect to PowerShell 2.0. This included:
    • Remoting (requires PowerShell V2 at both ends)
    • Background jobs
    • Enhanced commandlets
    • Graphical Powershell (ISE)
  • He also shared with us the uses of PowerShell profiles and the importance of signing yours
  • Commented on the use of PowerShell V2 AD cmdlets will only work with Windows Sercver 2008 V2
  • Early versus late filtering
  • Using WBEMTest to test WMI queries
  • How to include a function library via your profile
  • Group Policy ADM templates to lock down PowerShell on client machines
  • Discussed script source control (Sapien’s ChangeView, Visual Source Safe, Subversion

Many thanks to Quest for providing some “swag” for the meeting!

Charter Members!

Charter Members!

Details of the August meeting will be posted soon.

Initial Users Group Meeting

July 24, 2009


Join us for the inaugural Central Ohio PowerShell Users Group meeting! If you are an IT professional, developer or system administrator and have an interest in what PowerShell is and how it can be utilized in your environment, then this users group is for you!

Agenda for the first session

  1. Determine the following
    1. Meeting Frequency
    2. Goals
    3. Location/Time
  2. Roundtable discussion
    1. Introductions
    2. Current utilization

In addition to meeting IT peers with similar interests, we will have a special guest at our first meeting!  Jeffery Hicks, MCSE, MCSA, MCT is a Microsoft MVP with 20 years of experience.  He’s a trainer, consultant and author of books, courseware and training videos related to administrative scripting and automation.  His latest is Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell: TFM (SAPIEN Press).  Follow Jeff at and  Check out more savvy tips from Jeff here.

This inaugural session will be held on July 30, 2009 (6:30p – 7:30p) at:
The Ohio State University Medical Center
640 Ackerman Road
Room EDR-350
Columbus, Ohio 43202

Please RSVP to: