PowerShell and Effective Meetings at PASS 2010

Last week, PASS announced this year’s program for the 2010 Summit in Seattle, Washington. The program session are available online. This year I had a couple of abstracts that were accepted for the Summit.

Conducting Effective Meetings

The standard for meeting room chairs

Over my umpteen year career in consulting, I’ve patiently sat through literally hundreds of hours of meetings. Some of them were time well spent; most unfortunately were not. Time, money, and even moral are lost during worthless meetings that go on and on seemingly without reason or care.

Over the years I’ve done some research and made my own observations about systematic ways to help ensure that meetings are more productive and not just a big time sink for everyone involved. In this session I’ll share some of the best practices I’ve learned that will help you conduct more effective meetings. I’ll also share some tips that can help you to make the meetings that you don’t run a bit more effective too.

The PowerShell Cookbook for the DBA

When PowerShell was first announced, I was very reluctant. Frankly, I didn’t want to spend the time learning a new technology that 1) may be found wanting when compared to counterparts like PERL and 2) may not be around after a few years due to a low adoption rate. My skepticism was pretty high and my enthusiasm was low.

However since then I’ve become a big fan of PowerShell. It definitely lives up to its name. It’s a powerful object-based scripting language built on the .net framework that’s completely integrated with the Windows environment. It natively knows about the Windows Registry, the devices, and the environment, making many tasks relatively easy.

In this session, I’ll share with you some of the scripts I’ve used to collect and analyze server settings and performance data. Most of my sessions are 50% demonstration; this one may have an even higher percentage of demos.


  • What tasks do you use PowerShell to accomplish?
  • What are some of your more monotonous activities that could be automated with PowerShell?
  • What kind of scripts would you like to see in my demos?

2 Responses to PowerShell and Effective Meetings at PASS 2010

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