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The TriPass group in Raleigh, NC has started a Special Interest Group on Advanced DBA Topics. This means we are looking for talks at a level 300 and above. Our group will normally meet the second Tuesday of the month at 6PM Eastern Standard Time. Our ambition is to have 50% female speakers. With PASS membership only being 20% female this will be a high bar to meet so we will need help to meet this goal. With the technical depth of the talks the group will be covering, we realize a lot of the speakers will be presenting remotely, which we fully set up to do. So if you are interested in speaking for this group (male or female) please email me.

To RVSP for these events join our Meetup group and watch out for the invites.

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Writing Advanced Functions in PowerShell by Mark Wilkinson

November 14 @ 18:00 - 20:00

A lot of DBAs use Powershell to help automate complex tasks or apply configuration changes to multiple servers. Many are writing their own functions, and some may even have packaged them up into a custom module. What about more advanced features? How many are using verbose output, pipeline parameters, or parameter validation? These are just some of the features of something called “Advanced Functions” in PowerShell. In this session, we will discuss these topics and more as we work through writing an advanced PowerShell function from scratch.

This session will be geared towards DBAs but will be useful for anyone wanting to learn more about PowerShell. Experience writing basic PowerShell functions is not a requirement, but will definitely make it easier to follow along. I highly recommend bringing a laptop with PowerShell 5.1 installed so attendees can follow along.

Mark Wilkinson is a father of 4, and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina (read more about his family life @ Two Plus Four Makes Us. He loves fixing problems and learning new technologies that can help him fix those problems faster and better than he did the time before.

In his spare time, he likes to read, speak, and learn new things. He currently works as a Database Administrator at ChannelAdvisor where he solves fairly interesting problems on fairly large databases.

You can often find him on Twitter where he talks about SQL, beer, and anything else he finds interesting.

Twitter: @m82labs

Here is the link for PowerShell 5.1 for anyone who needs it Remember we meet in the Cafe on the right-hand side of the building on the first floor.


November 14
18:00 - 20:00


3025 Carrington Mill Blvd
Morrisville, NC United States
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