This Sunday at midnight PST marks the closing of our second annual PowerPack Challenge contest. The rules of this contest are very simple: create a new PowerPack or modify one of your existing PowerPacks and submit it to the contest folder in the PowerPack Library for a chance to win some cool prizes. Now you might be thinking: "Sunday, but that’s just three days away…I don’t have time to put together an entry between now and Sunday. Besides, I want my weekend to myself!" Well, you’re in luck my friend because you don’t need three days…you only need 10 minutes (well, 10 minutes after you watch a screencast showing what you can do with PowerShell, the PowerGUI Admin Console, and 10 minutes of your time). That’s not even going to take up your whole lunch hour on Friday, and if you plan to go out for lunch you could make your PowerPack during your afternoon break instead!
Here’s all you need to do:
1. Bookmark the PowerPack section of the wiki. I published a big update to our wiki earlier this week and it should be able to answer a lot of questions you might have. Don’t read the whole thing right now though, that might take too long and what you really want to do right now is explained in the next step.
2. Watch this screencast (also shown below on YouTube) that shows how I created a cool Windows Server Roles and Features PowerPack from scratch earlier today and published it to the PowerPack Library in only 10 minutes. The PowerPack even has dynamic nodes generated from 4 script nodes, which used to be quite a lot of work but thanks to the AdminConsole module they are much, much easier now. In fact, if you pay close attention to the screencast, you’ll see that all of the functionality in the PowerPack itself is done with only 7 lines of PowerShell script plus one basic node and two basic actions — that’s pretty amazing. The entire screencast is longer than 10 minutes because I needed to explain a few things before and after the demonstration, but the creation and publishing of the PowerPack itself is done in only 10 minutes during the screencast.
Good luck with your PowerPacks!
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