The PowerShell Virtual Group is geared towards those wanting to learn more about PowerShell and to share best practices.

PowerShell is for Data Professionals. We ❤ SQL Server, DevOps, & Business Intelligence

As Data Professionals, PowerShell can help simplify tasks that you do every day, as well as tasks that you do every once in a while.

The goal of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual User Group is to get you as excited about PowerShell as we are, if you aren't already. If you're already pumped up about PowerShell and SQL Server, consider presenting for us!

Upcoming Meetings

Next Meeting

Wed, Jun 18 2014 12:00 Eastern Daylight Time


PowerShell Desired State Configuration

RSVP: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2808591760917782529

PowerShell Desired State Configuration

Desired State Configuration offers a lifeline to those of us who are forging our way through data centers with racks of snowflake servers, those servers whose configurations are lovingly hand crafted by proud sysadmins. While we stand proud on those "works of art", other sysadmins curse our names when troubleshooting applications that behave differently on servers that are intended to be the same. Those same sysadmins tremble in fear of ever having to re-create those undocumented, intricate environments. DSC promises to deliver us from this chaos and bring our configurations forward into a well documented, version-able artifact. DSC has several moving parts that can be daunting at first glance. Join me in exploring the structure of Desired State Configuration and the in-box and custom resources required to drive it.


Steven is a SysAdmin on the Site Reliability Engineering team for Stack Exchange (operators of great Q&A sites like Server Fault and Stack Overflow) and a Microsoft MVP in PowerShell. Steven is a co-host of the Ops All The Things podcast. Steven also leads two local user groups, the Greater Milwaukee IT Pro User Community and the Greater Milwaukee Script Club. He speaks regularly to local user groups and can be found at various conferences.

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Previous Webcasts

Below are a few of our previous sessions. Check out our meeting archive for a full list of webcasts. Or just head
straight to our YouTube channel If you have a request for a specific SQL related PowerShell topic, let us know!

The State of PowerShell, SQL Server, and SQLPS

The July update of SSMS 2016 brought more needed PowerShell enhancements to the new SqlServer PowerShell module. We discuss the 25 new cmdlets that made the cut and show you some practical ways to use them! There are also 3 great update to existing functionality that we will walk through.
SQL Server MVP Aaron Nelson, PowerShell MVP Chrissy LeMaire, and SQL DBA and PowerShell Enthusiast Rob Sewell discuss the past, present and future of SQL Server, PowerShell and SQLPS. Bring your questions and be ready to take these demos for a spin!

This session is for people already familiar with PowerShell and are wanting to take their skills to the advanced level by learning how to create their own objects and classes.



Deploy & Manage Ola Hallengren's Scripts in SQL Server with PowerShell

SQL Server MVP Andre Kamman. Are you enjoying Ola Hallengren's Maintenance Solution scripts as much as I am? I've written PowerShell scripts to deploy and manage them across multiple servers.



Painting with PowerShell: SQL Server Administration

SQL DBA & PowerShell Enthusiast Chris Sommer presents The SQL Server canvas gives us limitless opportunity for scripting and automation, and PowerShell is the perfect brush to paint with. Configuring our database servers, deploying database code changes, performing backups and restores are just a few examples of a day in the life of a DBA.



Automating Your SQL Server Best Practices Word Document

PowerShell MVP Laerte Junior presents a session about how to create a Word document for your client with the best practices on SQL Server



Advanced PowerShell Development

Bryan Cafferky presents a session for you to learn how to: maximize reuse with advanced functions using cmdletbinding, increase extensibility with script modules, add support for user interaction, efficiently access SQL Server, add support for application configuration and add support for pipeline processing.



Applying SQL Server Best Practices via PowerShell

Amit banerjee ( twitter ) from the SQL Server Tiger Team presents a session on how some best practice checks can be automated for SQL Server instances running on your on-premise data centers and on Azure Virtual Machines. In this session you will learn how you can leverage the POWER of PowerShell to automate health checks, keep your systems healthy and run SQL Server efficiently!

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