For those in or around North East England next Wednesday (28th August), I'm going to be doing a presentation at NEBytes on PowerShell 4.0, with a focus on Desired State Configuration.
If you haven't heard of DSC before, it's a really big deal - a new set of cmdlets and language extensions provide the ability to declaratively specify the configuration of your environment and maintain the desired state of your systems.
I'm going to cover what DSC can do for you, showing how to define and deploy configuration scripts, as well as touching on some of the other new features of PowerShell 4.0.
The event is free to attend, but we do ask that you register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7898393307
As if PowerShell DSC wasn't enough, we've also got my partner-in-crime, Andy Westgarth talking about developing with Windows Azure Media Services.