The PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit is a premier conference (bordering on "unconference") that brings together the community that has formed around PowerShell and all things automation and DevOps. As a proud sponsor of this event since 2018, Chocolatey Software is excited to foster this community of tech professionals regardless of where they are in their career journey.

In this post we are thrilled to spotlight the recordings of talks delivered by the Chocolatey Software Team members, including myself! These talks not only reflect our team's deep expertise but also our dedication to contributing to the wider DevOps and PowerShell communities. We hope you find these talks insightful, entertaining, useful, or all of the above!

Paul Broadwith

Paul is a Cloud and Datacenter MVP for his work in PowerShell. His career has seen him work in many sectors for over 30 years. As somebody kindly put it, he's been about a bit.

Comparing WinGet and Chocolatey: A Real-World Look at Package Management Tools

Confused about which package management tool to use for your Windows environment?

In this talk, we'll compare WinGet and Chocolatey and explore their commonly used features in a real-world context. You'll learn about the pros and cons of each tool, as well as how to decide which one is right for your needs.

Join us and gain a deeper understanding of the package management landscape – you'll be well-equipped to make informed decisions for your organization's needs.

WinRM vs. OpenSSH: A Showdown for PowerShell Remoting

Is WinRM still the go-to protocol for PowerShell remoting, or is it time to switch to OpenSSH?

In this presentation, we'll compare the two protocols and explore the pros and cons of each.

You'll see demos of how to implement and manage OpenSSH, as well as learn about the support for Windows SSH in popular configuration management tools. Plus, we'll take a look at the future of PowerShell remoting and help you decide which option is best for your needs. Join us for a comprehensive showdown of WinRM and OpenSSH!

Josh King

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Josh is a Senior Infrastructure Operations Engineer at Chocolatey Software. He has a long history working within Windows and VMware environments and has a passion for all things PowerShell and automation.

Ansible 101: For the Windows SysAdmin

Have you heard about Ansible? You want to give it a try but aren’t sure where to start? A little intimidated about needing to use Linux when what you’re wanting to manage is entirely Windows?

Let’s go right back to the start and get Ansible setup for management of Windows hosts including the actual install of Ansible itself, the prerequisites for WinRM communication, initial Ansible configuration, and defining your inventory.

Don’t worry, there may even be a little PowerShell involved.

Ryan Richter

Ryan is a Senior Support Engineer at Chocolatey. He loves to help people and organizations learn more about Chocolatey and how it can best work for their use case. Making IT admins lives just a little bit sweeter.

From Chaos to Control: Transforming Software Management with Chocolatey for Business

Traditional tools for managing software, while powerful, continue to take a system administrator’s most valuable asset: time.

Chocolatey For Business aims to provide a suite of tools that allow system administrators to have peace of mind about the state of software in their organization, allowing them to focus on what really matters.

Join us to discover modern software automation with Chocolatey For Business.

James Ruskin

James is a Senior Solutions Engineer with a passion for automation. Over the last decade, he has gathered experience and enthusiasm as a DevOps Engineer, SysAdmin, and general PowerShell dev.

Improving Your Attributes

You're probably familiar with a few Cmdlet Attributes - but did you know that it's surprisingly easy to implement your own?

In this session, we'll explore the wide variety of existing attributes you can utilise - as well as diving into what else you can do, and how you can create your own custom argument attributes and transforms!

Stephen Valdinger

Stephen is the Customer Solutions Manager who focuses on customer success, experience, and usage of Chocolatey Software products. He enjoys teaching people how to use Chocolatey to improve end user experience for their organizations.

Simple Network Management.....PowerShell!!!

It's been around forever, well since 1988 at least, but how much have you actually used SNMP? It is an incredibly useful little protocol that allows you to really amp up your network monitoring game! This session will teach you how to talk to devices using SNMP, and how to read the data being returned, and furthermore turning into something extremely useful. You're Grafana dashboards are never gonna look prettier!

The Dynamic Duo, Cory Knox and Ryan Richter

Cory is a Chocolatey Software Engineer with a background in End User Computing who enjoys working with PowerShell and C# while dabbling in whatever language a project that needs a fix might be using. Constantly looking for ways to streamline processes and improve developer experiences.

Mastering Git: A Comprehensive Guide to Setting Up and Using Git Effectively

Are you ready to embark on a journey towards mastering git, one of the most essential tools for modern DevOps? Whether you're a complete beginner or have some experience with git, this workshop is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to set up git on your computer and use it effectively in your projects.

Wrap Up

Like every year, this year's PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit was a great experience!! If you're interested in attending the 2025 event, you can purchase tickets now from the official website. And if you'd like to speak at the event then the Call for Papers (CFP) is due to open on the 1 October 2024.

We hope to see you there! Make sure you pay our booth a visit to get your own Chocolatey Software t-shirt! In the meantime please join us on our Community Chat.

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