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April SuperMondays event announced

Via Ross Cooney:

This months Supermondays event will take place on Monday 27th April at the Bedson Teaching Center at Newcastle University. The Bedson Teaching Center is located off Queen Victoria road, you can find a map
here (use the entrance to the Bedson Building that faces the Armstrong Building):

Our speakers this month are:
Sarat Pediredla — Taking your idea from a napkin to real money - An insight into Software Product Development
Roxy Bramley — An introduction to the Digital Dockyard
Rob Mathieson – How to get £150,000 in 15 minutes

More details here:

Please sign up here:

This months event is sponsored by Sunderland Software City and Northern Film and Media.


VBUG Newcastle IT Pro Event 14th May: Unified Communications with Eileen Brown

For the second VBUG Newcastle IT Pro event, we're fortunate to have a great speaker. Eileen Brown is the manager of Microsoft's TechNet UK IT Professional Evangelist Team, and writes a hugely popular blog on Management, Messaging, Mobility and Real Time Collaboration.

Here's the overview of Eileen's talk:

"If the PCs on our desks do much more than they did 10 years ago, why don't our phones ?

On a Mobile phone calls are dialled from your phone book - UC allows your PC contacts to be used to place calls rather than re-keying the number into a desk, and identifies your contacts by name when they call you and routes your calls to the best phone. Unified communications is bringing together Voice, Fax, Video, Email and Instant messaging, into one system. So Voice mail which arrives in your mailbox And e-mail which can be read to you over the phone. With UC you can see if someone is around to take a call or answer a message before you contact them - and choose the best medium. And a conversation can move seamlessly from email, to instant message, to data sharing and video conference. Harnessing UC can mean less travel, less frustration and greater productivity."

The presentation will take place in Room 118 of Claremont Tower, Newcastle University on Thursday 14th May, 18:30 (for a 19:00 start). If you plan to attend, please could you sign up at the VBUG site (just so we have numbers for refreshments, etc):

You don't have to be a VBUG member and the event is free to attend.

If you're on Twitter, you might like to follow Eileen.


PowerShell: 0-60 in One Evening

VBUG Newcastle's first IT Pro event on Tuesday night was certainly a positive start, and one of my most enjoyable presentations. I promised to post links to the tools that I covered, so here they are, along with an overview and some things that I didn't get to in the presentation, which are good resources for people getting started with PowerShell...

In the first half of the session I did an overview of the PowerShell language, starting with the four cmdlets that let you discover what you can do with the shell and objects: Get-Help, Get-Command, Get-PSDrive and Get-Member. We then covered variables, arrays, objects and the pipeline, filtering and how to use the -whatif and -confirm parameters to save yourself from accidentally breaking things!

After a break for refreshments, I talked about and demoed a selection of free tools that can help you get up to speed and work better with PowerShell...

Free Tools


  • TechNet Script Center's PowerShell Graphical Help which contains more than Get-Help and is nicer to browse.
  • Sapien's iPowerShell provides a handy copy of the PowerShell built-in help on iPhone and iPod Touch.


  • /\/\o\/\/'s PowerTab is tab-completion on steriods!
  • Quest's PowerShell Commands for Active Directory provides cmdlets for managing AD objects.
  • SDM Software's GPMC PowerShell Cmdlets let you work with Group Policy objects as long as you don't way to alter the internals of a GPO (they have a paid verison for that) - the free cmdlets let you copy/link/backup/etc.
  • In the words of the Codeplex description: PowerShell Community Extensions (PSCX) is aimed at providing a widely useful set of additional cmdlets, providers, aliases, filters, functions and scripts for Windows PowerShell that members of the community have expressed interest in.

To build rich UIs with PowerShell

  • Sapien's Primal Forms is a wysiwig editor for building a Windows Forms application with PowerShell. Primal Forms does all the code for the GUI and you add in your code to add the functionality.
  • Joel Bennet's PowerBoots is a neat framework for creating Windows Presentation Foundation apps.
  • PowerShellASP lets you include PowerShell code in your existing ASP.NET applications.

The biggest recommendation of the evening was to download and try Quest's PowerGUI, for both the main application, which can help you build PowerShell code by using the GUI, and for the script editor, which is great considering it's free. You should check out the additional PowerGUI Power Packs and forums at too.

Other Resources

I particularly encourage people to check out, for the forums, Tobias' excellent daily email tips, a quick link (labeled "Live Chat") to the #powershell IRC channel on (a great place to ask your PowerShell questions), and more.

In addition, it's worth looking at:

If you're on Twitter, you can find lots of folk from the PowerShell community listed at and on (where you can add the PowerShell tag to your Twitter account).


VBUG Newcastle: Free PowerShell Event: 24th March

I've been working with Andrew Westgarth, who runs the VBUG Newcastle events, to try to provide IT Pro (i.e. sys admin) content as well as their traditional developer events. The idea is that we'll run free developer and IT Pro events alternate months on the Newcastle University campus.

The first of the IT Pro events will be held on the 24th March in Claremont Tower and I will be presenting "Windows PowerShell: 0-60 in One Evening". The presentation will highlight a number of free tools to help you get up to speed quickly with PowerShell.

All the details are on the VBUG site at:

If you'd like to come along, please book your free place through the VBUG site (just so we don't run short of refreshments).


Free events in Newcastle next week

I’ll be at these two events next week on the Newcastle University campus. If you’re in the area, come along – they’re both free…

I will be preseting a brief introduction to Windows PowerShell at this month's Super Mondays event in the Beehive (Old Library Building) on the 23rd at 18:00. These events are growing rapidly and well worth attending - the topics are usually diverse enough that there should be something of interest to everyone. See for the full line-up and the Upcoming link if you're attending. I hope to see you there.

The postponed VBUG Newcastle developer event on "Parallel Programming in .NET (VS2010)" with Eric Nelson has now been rearranged for Tuesday 24th February at 18:30 in Claremont Tower room 118. Sign up at: