Have you ever needed to just try some code and not had time or desire to wait for IT operations to get an environment set up?

Microsoft Azure and PowerShell can help.  Please note, circumvention of IT policies is not a good plan… may get you in trouble and is not something I will admit to showing off ;)
With a little PowerShell, a json file, and an Azure account (even the trial ones) you too can have a VM running Windows 2016 and IIS in about 30 minutes.*

*not included… json file building and other ancillary items

 In this session, Derek will walk through a general overview of PowerShell Desired State configuration and the New-AzureRMresourcegroupdeployment cmdlet allowing PowerShell to build VMs in Azure.


Derek is a network administrator in Green Bay, Wisconsin officially. He also creates content for TechRepublic.com and does his best to help out in the IT community at Experts-Exchange.com when time allows. He enjoys working with computers and helping others around him to understand technology. He says, “It is fun to provide knowledge to those around me and help them grow in some way.”  Derek is a Microsoft MVP and active in the Microsoft communities.

Free Registration


When & Where

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking
6:00 – discussion
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound
Room C140
Appleton, WI 54912


DevOps is the new “hotness”.  Software vendors left and right are proclaiming that they offer “DevOps” tools.  Companies are posting positions for “DevOps Engineers”.  You are also might have heard about “NoOps” or how pushing all your apps to the cloud eliminates the need for systems administrators or ops guys.

Join me and we’ll define what DevOps is, what the real motivation behind the DevOpsmovement entails (the Three Ways of DevOps), and how DevOps can work in your organization.  We’ll use real-life examples from software deployments I’ve participated in earlier (with the names changed to protect the guilty) and my experiences at Stack Exchange, keeping Stack Overflow available yet dynamic.

If you have questions about DevOps and the Dev->IT workflow, this is the night for you!




Steven is a SysAdmin on the technical staff for Stack Exchange (operators of great Q&A sites like ServerFault and StackOverflow) and a Microsoft MVP in PowerShell.

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.