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The story of PowerShell User Group Sweden

My name is Fredrik Wall and I’m a co-founder/co-leader of the PowerShell User Group Sweden. We have almost 530 members in our Facebook group and some more members who do not want to be on Facebook. 

The user group with its current name will turn 2 years on March 3 as a group on Facebook. On the 3 of March 2012, Niklas Goude, Niklas Åkerlund, and I started the PowerShell User Group Sweden on Facebook. That was a restart of the old user group “Scandinavia PowerShell User Group” that Niklas Goude, Magnus Lindegren, and I started sometimes before Microsoft TechDays in 2009.

That group was intended to be a PowerShell group for Scandinavia but was more or less a Swedish group and back then the group was small without a real platform to reach out to new members. So we decided to restart the group in 2012 as a Swedish group with Facebook as the platform to gather our members. It’s easy to handle and easy for our members to join.

In 2012 we were about 200 members and we had one meeting in Stockholm where the Microsoft Scripting Guy (Ed Wilson) visited us and talked about PowerShell. Last year we had 3 events:

PowerShell Community Day 2013 in Stockholm (May 23)
With 5 speakers and 6 sessions

Speakers:
Niklas Åkerlund, Niklas Goude, Daniel Sörlöv, Fredrik Wall, Fredrik Jonsson, and Johan Åkerström

User Group Meeting in Stockholm (October 24)
With 6 speakers and 6 sessions

Speakers:
Pär Hultman, Rikard Rönnkvist, Jonas Pettersson, Daniel Sörlöv, Daniel Grenemark and Johan Åkerström

User Group Meeting in Gothenburg (October 25)
With 2 speakers and 2 sessions

Speakers:
Niklas Goude, Johan Åkerström

This year we had 2 events. The second one has just finished this weekend.

User Group Meeting in Stockholm (February 6)
With 4 speakers and 4 sessions

Speakers:
Simon Wåhlin, Niklas Åkerlund, Daniel Sörlöv, and Niklas Goude

PowerShell Geek Weekend 2014 #1 (February 21-23)
Hosts/Moderators:

Fredrik Wall, Johan Åkerström, and Henrik Toft

Lots of speakers and lots of PowerShell coding. All presentations and demo code will be posted at GitHub  very soon.

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5 Responses to "The story of PowerShell User Group Sweden"

  1. George Jenkins says:

    Have you found any good way to pull posts and other information from your Facebook PowerShell user group via PowerShell’s Invoke-Webrequest or Invoke-RestMethod commands? This could potentially allow your non-Facebook users from using FB to interact with others in the group.

  2. I think Fredrik Wall forgot to mention one thing. The last user group meet was in a new format. It was not just sessions with a few speakers but a whole weekend of short planned sessions together with spontaneus sessions and actually defining a code project which we all colaborated on togethet with goals defined by the group. Where the more experienced help the less experienced and all pitched in. This worked very well and I believe every single person enjoyed the weekend and everyone learnt something from the weekend. We all set out to build a graphical helpdesk app for user/group management which called a backend constrained remoting endpoint running with higher privileges. The backend was built to adhere to defined naming and management scope standards.
    This format of a meet was very good indeed. The focus of a few expert from the normal just planned session meets was shifted to a focus on collaboration between all. Fredrik Wall, Henrik Toft and I kicked the meeting into life with a few short sessions encouraging all to come with inputs then the meeting flowed quite naturally and everyone got chatting and collaborating or spontaneously gave short sessions. A sample of a cool session was a session where Henrik Toft had written a cool script which pulls disk info from HP disk arrays. Nice engineering work but privately I gave Henrik’s script critique a few weeks earlier. So Henrik had suggested we show his script publicly and I should criticise it while rewriting it to follow a more best practice form. A great session thanks to Henrik. All in all a very good weekend of friendly fun, interesting discussions and hardcore powershelling.

    • Fredrik Wall says:

      The presentation was written Before the PowerShell Geek Weekend. I will write about the Geekend in an blog post with more details about the weekend, sessions, speakers etc.

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