Introducing Mathias Jessen – Featured Speaker

We are delighted to welcome Mathias as a featured speaker for PowerShell Conference Europe 2022. (The above photo is pre-PSConfEU!!)

Mathias is a frequent victim of nerd sniping; #PowerShell aficionado; blue teamer; black metal fanatic; (awful) drummer; #tweetsizedoneliners, Security Professional and Pizzaphile
He blogs at blog.iisreset.me

How long have you been using PowerShell?

I’ve been a PowerShell user since 2009!

What got you started?

Exchange Server 2007 and subsequently 2010 – the first products to truly embrace PowerShell Remoting!

Whats the favourite thing you have done with PowerShell

I once wrote a ~300 line script to un- and re-join 3000 member computers in a broken AD environment. It saved a customer 800-1000 man hours that would have been spent physically going to each machine, and it really opened my eyes to the promise of PowerShell as an enabler of “automation at scale”.

In the public domain, my favourite project is “Legislator” – a PowerShell module that emits real .NET interface types at runtime!

Have you ever been to PsConfEU before?

Every year since 2016!

What do you know about it?

I ran into Dr. Tobias Weltner at PowerShell Summit Europe 2015 where he discussed the idea of opening the then-German language conference up to a broader audience in case there wouldn’t be a European Summit 2016 – the rest, as they say, is history.

How has PowerShell impacted your career?

PowerShell lets me combine my passion for programming with my professional interest in systems management at scale, which is great and keeps me motivated in advancing my career.

Engaging with the PowerShell community has helped me make hundreds of new friends and acquaintances across the globe along the way, and I think that’s worth more than any career KPI I could possibly define 🙂

Thank you so much Mathias for agreeing to be a featured speaker for PSConfEU and also for being a good sport. This is more how Mathias will look on stage!!

You can order your tickets for #PSConfEU here
https://psconf.eu/home-2#tickets

Introducing Justin Grote – Featured Speaker

Justin Grote is a Datacenter Solutions Architect and Microsoft MVP. He has well over a decade of PowerShell experience across the history of platforms he’s worked, evolving from Windows and Exchange to VMware and now Azure and AWS. He is based out of Portland Oregon and loves to foster dogs from One Tail at a Time (OTAT), including his adopted goofball Spock.

How long have you been using PowerShell?

14 years

What got you started?

I fiddled with 1.0 a bit but it wasn’t until Exchange 2007 that I really dove in and used it regularly. Coming from a mixed Netware/Linux/Windows background, the idea of a pipeline based CLI that could pass objects between commands instead of having to futz and format text was astounding, and I found the verb-noun syntax and discoverability like Get-eso intuitive.

What’s the favorite thing you have done with PowerShell?

My Press development environment JustinGrote/Press: A continuous developement environment for Powershell Modules either via local development or leveraging GitHub and Github Actions. I’ve never made it friendly enough for outsiders to crack, but I learned so much developing it in so many different areas and really enjoyed when everything came together.

Otherwise it’s really any time someone asks if something can be done and I tell them to give me 30 minutes and come back with a script and the look on their face like I’m a wizard or something is always precious.

Have you ever been to PsConfEU Before?


No! I’ve been to Europe several times and I have enjoyed the conference via the posted videos and learned a lot from people I respect. I’m very excited, it’s been over a decade since I have been to Austria and I’m looking forward to it.

What do you know about it?

I’ve attended the virtual sessions vicariously and reached out to contact a lot of people who I first discovered via the sessions. There’s clearly a lot of community and that’s very important to me.

How has PowerShell impacted your career?

It has allowed me to work smarter, not harder, and glue together disparate architectures with ease, saving my customers tons of money they would have spent on high priced consultants

You can order your tickets for #PSConfEU here
https://psconf.eu/home-2#tickets

Jess Pomfret

Introducing Jess Pomfret – Featured Speaker

Jess Pomfret is a Data Platform Architect and a Microsoft MVP. She started working with SQL Server in 2011, and enjoys the problem-solving aspects of performance tuning and automating processes with PowerShell.

She works as a Database Platform Architect for DataMasterminds in the UK.
She also enjoys contributing to dbatools and dbachecks, two open-source PowerShell modules that aid DBAs with automating the management of SQL Server instances. She has also contributed to the SqlServerDsc module, adding several new resources to use when configuring your SQL Servers.

She grew up in the South West of England and outside of her DBA life enjoys Crossfit, cycling and watching proper football.  

How long have you been using PowerShell?

Almost 10 years

What got you started?

I hate to do repetitive tasks so I started looking for ways to be more efficient when managing a large sql server estate.

What’s the favourite thing you have done with PowerShell?

Contributing to dbatools.

Have you ever been to PsConfEU before?

I have not

What do you know about it?

A wide variety of PowerShell content from top speakers, in a great location.
How has PowerShell impacted your career?

To start with, learning PowerShell made my everyday tasks easy and faster, but PowerShell has had a much bigger impact on my career and life overall.

I started using dbatools in my work to make DBA type tasks easier. Then when I found I had some home grown PowerShell scripts that I could contribute to the module, this set me off on an adventure.      I learnt a lot about git so I could get my contributions into the repo and pester so I could write unit and integration tests for my code. On top of the knowledge I gained, I met some amazing people who inspired me to start blogging and presenting about PowerShell. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today without the dbatools community.

Thank you so much Jess, we are looking forward to seeing you next year in Vienna

You can order your tickets for #PSConfEU here
https://psconf.eu/home-2#tickets

Jakub Jares

Introducing Jakub Jareš – Featured Speaker

Featured Speaker

Jakub works as a software developer at Microsoft, developing testing platform, which allows users to run C# and C++ tests under Visual Studio, dotnet, and on continuous integration servers.

In his spare time, he maintains Pester, the testing framework for PowerShell.

How long have you been using PowerShell?

I first heard about PowerShell in 2009 and used it to run some code from a blog post. It was interesting concept but I did not have serious need for it, until the end of 2012.

What got you started?

In 2012 I came up with an idea to migrate an internal tool from VBScript to PowerShell. That tool had thousands of lines of code, it was fed csv files and had multiple forms for data input. I joined powershell.com forums, and read the amazing PowerShell in Action book, to learn it, and I fell in love with PowerShell. I was ultimately able to migrate the tool, and author multiple new tools. Skip almost ten years ahead, and I am still glad to have PowerShell in my back pocket to help me with daily tasks.

Whats the favourite thing you have done with PowerShell?

I am really glad I joined Pester (https://github.com/pester/pester). It started by creating my first GitHub pull request to change some colors in output. And became an integral part of my life. It got me familiar with developing open source software, and ultimately helped me get where I am now.

Have you ever been to PsConfEU before?

Yes, and it was always an amazing experience. It is my favorite PowerShell conference.

What do you know about it?

PSConfEU is the best PowerShell conference you can attend in Europe, to meet other people interested in PowerShell. It is great place to meet with developers of your favorite PowerShell tools, or with developers from PowerShell team.

How has PowerShell impacted your career?

PowerShell bootstrapped my career by being so approachable and having a great community that I am proud to be part of. If there was no PowerShell I might have still been just sitting in the same position, filling out Excel sheets by hand. Instead, I got interested in PowerShell and interested in challenging myself to do something new. I learned PowerShell and rewrote a tool. Then I wrote new tools. Then I found myself in the need of a testing framework and joined Pester. Pester helped me learn about software testing, and open-source development. I saw that I could learn PowerShell and Pester rather easily, so I went and learned C#. I wrote more tools. Then I tried changing careers and became a software developer. I finished few projects in C# and learned F# then TypeScript. I feel like I own all of that to being able to do the first step so easily.

Thank you so much Jakub, we are looking forward to seeing you next year

You can order your tickets for #PSConfEU here
https://psconf.eu/home-2#tickets

Introducing Barbara Forbes – Featured Speaker

How long have you been using PowerShell? What got you started?

I started using PowerShell when I started out at the service desk. I wrote simple one liners to reset passwords or work with Exchange. I wrote my first script as a system administrator, a monitoring script to check if DFSR was working. That was about seven years ago.

Whats the favourite thing you have done with PowerShell?

Now that is hard to choose from! Looking at the last year, one of the things I like is when I’m working with infra as code, PowerShell is almost always the tool that can fill in the gaps where other tools have trouble. In a lot of my pipelines, PowerShell plays a role. Even if it is not needed for the infra, PowerShell plays a role in testing.

Have you ever been to PsConfEU before? What do you know about it?  

I have never had the pleasure! 😮

I was supposed to be a speaker in 2020, which ended up going virtual (and I still did a session). I have heard the stories though, so I’m very excited

How has PowerShell impacted your career?

A lot! The benefits of PowerShell were always very visible. It was important when working as a system administrator, as I could save time and create a consistent environment. It’s important when working as a consultant, as companies will specifically request PowerShell skills.

It’s not just fun and games, knowing PowerShell can really make a difference.

Thank you so much Barbara, we are looking forward to seeing you next year in Vienna

You can order your tickets for #PSConfEU here
https://psconf.eu/home-2#tickets

Tobias Weltner

Introducing Dr Tobias Weltner – Featured Speaker

Tobias Weltner

We are delighted to welcome Tobias as a featured speaker for PowerShell Conference Europe 2022. Tobias has stepped down from being the main person responsible for ensuring PowerShell Conference Europe ran successfully over the past few years and we are so pleased that he agreed to be a featured speaker for this year in addition to be able to attend and enjoy the sessions and the networking.

Tobias is a long-time PowerShell MVP, inventor of ISESteroids (www.powertheshell.com) and a PowerShell Trainer https://powershell.one/

How long have you been using PowerShell?

I started using it when it was still called “Monad”

What got you started?

Jeffrey invited us for a presentation of his vision of “Monad”. At that time, I heavily automated using VBScript but was quickly convinced by the many advantages of PowerShell – especially the uniform object model across different techniques (COM, .NET, WMI, ADSI), the interactive shell and the ability to tap into virtually anything a professional software developer could use. With PowerShell and its abilities, the answer to the question “With PowerShell, can I…” now was always “Yes!”. It was now just a question of complexity.

Whats the favourite thing you have done with PowerShell?

Using a PowerShell class to automate Philips Hue home automation

Have you ever been to PsConfEU before?

Yes. 😊 (Editors Note : It was a generic question for all featured speakers!!)

How has PowerShell impacted your career?

I am privileged to focus entirely on PowerShell whereas most IT colleagues are in charge of IT departments and responsible for a wide range of demanding IT challenges. It is very rewarding team play to help transfer knowledge to real-world IT departments and see the impact PowerShell makes to help solve real-world IT automation needs.

Thank You Tobias, we are looking forward to seeing you next year

You can order your tickets for #PSConfEU here
https://psconf.eu/home-2#tickets