November 2018 – Tapping the Power in PowerShell

Date: Friday November 16th, 2018

Time: 11:30a-1:00p

Topic: Tapping the Power in PowerShell

Target Audience:Developers and IT Pros

Level: 200/300

SP Version(s):SharePoint Online, SharePoint Server 2010+

PowerShell has been around in some form since 2005, but it was only with SharePoint Server 2010 that PowerShell became an official part of the SharePoint administrative landscape. Nowadays, PowerShell is the preferred mechanism for administrative management of SharePoint farms, both on-premises and in the cloud with SharePoint Online. In this session, we’ll be taking a more advanced look at PowerShell and how it can be used to execute and script administrative actions for SharePoint. We’ll look at some common SharePoint activities that are carried-out through PowerShell, as well as some of the newer PowerShell capabilities like desired state configuration (DSC). We’ll also look at some PowerShell watch-outs including some behaviors that can sometimes cause trouble with SharePoint. Administrators and developers alike will leave this session with a variety of concepts and script samples that can be used to immediately improve operations within their own SharePoint environments.


  1. A review of baseline PowerShell operations, concepts, and SharePoint cmdlets
  2. A look at advanced PowerShell capabilities (like DSC) and how they can be leveraged

Numerous script samples that can be adapted for use in most SharePoint environments



Sean McDonough, CTO Bitstream Foundry

Sean is the Chief Technology Officer for Bitstream Foundry, a Cincinnati-based provider of SharePoint solutions, services, and consulting. Microsoft certified MCP, MCTS, and MCPD, Sean has over two decades of experience developing software, building infrastructures, and solving technical problems. Unable to take anything except the deep dive into any role, Sean has acquired a diverse and expansive skill set as consultant, product manager, solution architect, team lead, administrator, and platform evangelist through the years. Some might label his passion for all things tech related as borderline ‘obsession’, but it is equal only to his desire to share those discoveries and experiences with others as author, blogger, and frequent speaker/instructor at technical conferences, user groups, and similar events all over North America. Sean is also a Microsoft MVP. He can be reached through his blog ( or on Twitter (@spmcdonough)


Awesome Inc
348 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507


11:30am – Check-in, networking, and time to grab lunch (provided)
12:00pm – Welcome and feature presentation

NOTE: There is free parking beside, and behind the building.  Check out the parking map.

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