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First Look at PowerShell

I attended Gert Drapers’ session on PowerShell for SQL Server. I used to be a Linux sys admin – where everything I did involved either Perl or Bash scripting – so the idea of PowerShell piqued my interest.

Apparently PowerShell is built on top of .NET objects, and will come as a standard tool in Windows Server 2008. Something to look forward to… (btw, Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.0 looked pretty kewl. They demonstrated how to add a WFE to a farm, and it took a few minutes to do so. Yeah, yeah. Might be too good to be true.. We’ll see when it gets out.

Download PowerShell here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/management/powershell/download.mspx

Good PowerShell Book: Windows PowerShell in Action by Bruce Payette

And here’s to blogging more PowerShell Tips and Tricks for SQL Server and Sharepoint! (Kampai!)

Update:
Neil Iversen posted his Powershell for Sharepoint files at: http://www.justaddcode.com/blog/2007/11/12/devconnections-powershell-for-sharepoint-developers/

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Back from DevConnections 2007

Back from DevConnections 2007! This was the first ever conference I attended, and I was more than satisfied with the overall experience. I felt I learned a lot and gained a lot of experience just by attending the sessions (plus the pre- and post- conference SQL DR workshops with Kimberly L. Tripp and Paul Randal — totally totally worth it, and I’m not exaggerating).

Most of the sessions are demo heavy. Some demos were flawless, some were not – but it’s all good. At least we get to see the good and not-so-good sides of working with SQL/Sharepoint. It’s awesome! Plus I got to get Todd Baginski’s business card and Kimberly Tripp’s and Paul Randal’s autographs! (And I took a picture to prove it!) Geeky, ‘no?

I will be blogging more on the tidbits that I’ve learned in the next few days :) . For the meantime, here’s the list of SQL Server and Sharepoint sessions I attended!

Monday

  • Pre-conference session on SQL Server Disaster Recovery with Kimberly L. Tripp and Paul Randal
  • Keynote from Steve Guggenheimer

Tuesday

  • Keynote from Steve Riley: Making the Tradeoff: Be Secure or Get Work Done
  • (Sharepoint) – Sharepoint Governance and Information Architecture Guidance by Joel Oleson
  • (SQL Server) – SQL Server Reporting Services: Advanced Report Design by Brian Welcker
  • (SQL Server) – What’s new in SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services? by Brian Welcker
  • (Sharepoint) – Search in Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007: Customizing and Extending by Thomas Rizzo

Wednesday

  • (Sharepoint) – Sharepoint Custom Web Part Development – Fundamentals by Veli-Matti Vanamo
  • (SQL Server) SQL Server Database Design Strategies – Physical Database Design for Performance and Availability by Gert Drapers
  • (SQL Server) SQL Server Table Strategies – Designing for Performance and Availability by Kimberly L. Tripp and Paul S. Randal
  • (SQL Server) Get a Handle on SSIS Data Cleansing Capabilities by Erik Veerman
  • (SQL Server) SQL Server Indexing Strategies by Kimberly L. Tripp and Paul S. Randal

Thursday

  • (SQL Server) Creating Reports with Reporting Services 2005 and Analysis Services 2005 by Stacia Misner
  • (Sharepoint) Getting the Most Out of the Business Data Catalog by Todd Baginski
  • (SQL Server) Stored Procedure Performance: Troubleshooting Compiles and Recompiles by Andrew Kelly
  • (SQL Server) Power to the Command Line by Gert Drapers

Friday

  • Post-conference hands-on session on SQL Server Disaster Recovery with Kimberly L. Tripp and Paul Randal

The sessions I would have wanted to attend as well are:

SQL Server

  • Next Generation Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2008 by Erik Hanson
  • Performance Troubleshooting in SQL Server 2005 by Boris Bayshnikov
  • Best Practices for Implementing High Performance T-SQL Applications by Ganapathy Rishnamoorthy
  • What’s New in Analysis Services 2008? by Donald Farmer
  • Security Enhancements in SQL Server 2008 by Il-Sung Lee
  • SQL Server Migration: What You Really Need to Know to Succeed by Dandy Weyn
  • SQL Server Indexing for Performance – Finding the Right Balance by Kimberly L. Tripp and Paul S. Randal
  • A Gentle Introduction to the SQL Server Health and History Tool by Kat Meadows
  • Best Practices in Developing SQL-CLR Objects by Gert Drapers
  • Server Side Trace Queues: Automating, Controlling and Scripting to Minimize the Impact of Profiling by Andrew Kelly
  • SQL Server Agent: Features in Security and Automation by Andrew Kelly
  • Follow the Rabbit: Interactive Q&A on Availability by Kimberly L. Tripp and Paul S. Randal
  • Follow the Rabbit: Interactive Q&A on Availability on the Storage Engine and Relational Engine by Kimberly L. Tripp and Paul S. Randal
  • SQL Server Tune Up: Tweaks and Tricks for SQL Server by Chris Shaw

Sharepoint

  • Designing and Building Sophisticated Composite Applications with Microsoft Office Sharepoint Designer 2007 by Jerome Thibaud
  • Capacity and Performance Planning for Microsoft Sharepoint Products and Technologies 2007 by James Petrosky
  • High Availability and Disaster Recovery for Microsoft Sharepoint Products and Technologies 2007 by James Petrosky
  • Customized Site Template and Definition Migration by Richard Taylor
  • Sharepoint Object Mdel/Web Services Kick Start by Todd Baginski
  • Forms Authentication: How to Get Your Internet Facing MOSS Site Up and Running by Richard Taylor
  • Sharepoint Designer: It’s for Developers, Too! by Dustin Miller
  • Advanced Feature Development by Neil Iversen
  • Implementing the MOSS SSO Service in Real World Situations by Todd Baginski
  • Prescriptive Guidance for Developers Building Publishing Sites with WCM in MOSS by Andrew Connell
  • Developing End-to-End Forms Solutions for Sharepoint Part I by David Gerhardt
  • Developing End-to-End Forms Solutions for Sharepoint Part II by David Gerhardt
  • No-Code Workflows in WSS v3 by Dustin Miller
  • Building and Incorporating Custom Applications in Sharepoint v3 Sites by Andrew Connell
  • Data View Data Form Web Parts: Deep Dive by Dustin Miller

True, some of these I can read from books or articles or blogs, but it’s still different seeing and hearing it from the speakers. Most of the speakers are MVPs and people who have done real-world SQL and Sharepoint projects. The tidbits they share, I think, are priceless.

My book loot from that week:

DevConnections Links:

SQL Server Connections (http://www.devconnections.com/shows/FALL2007SQL/default.asp?s=106)
Sharepoint Connections (http://www.devconnections.com/shows/FALL2007SQL/default.asp?s=105)

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