Meet the Judges for the 2010 Scripting Games

Meet the Judges for the 2010 Scripting Games

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Ravikanth Chaganti has 9+ years of experience in IT and mostly in the Windows Server operating system related areas. His scripting experience dates back to his school days where he used to write DOS batch files to automate a few things on Windows 3.1. He did a lot of VBScripting, and a few popular ones include HVS2008 UI (http://hvs2008ui.codeplex.com), VHDShell Extensions(http://code.msdn.com/VHDShellExt), and a few other scripts on his blog. He primarily works on Hyper-V and SharePoint technologies. He uses Windows PowerShell these days to automate a lot of activities around these two technologies.

Jeremy Engel started coding at the age of 10, writing games in BASIC for his lightning-fast Commodore 64. From there he ventured into the high-tech world of text-based online gaming, affectionately known as MUDs—specifically EverDark. Later, Jeremy made the jump to systems engineering, and it was there that he discovered VBScript. Jeremy currently uses VBScript for access into all sorts of namespaces and frameworks: WMI,ADSI, SQL, Office, .NET, etc. Jeremy also writes in HTML and C#, and is currently casting a wary eye at Windows PowerShell.

Niklas Goude is an author, IT consultant, and trainer at Enfo Zipper in Stockholm, Sweden. Niklas has extensive experience in automating and implementing SharePoint environments using Windows PowerShell. Niklas has written a Windows PowerShell book for Swedish IT pros, www.powershell.se, and is currently co-authoring a book with Mattias Karlsson entitled, Windows PowerShell for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrators, which will be published in English by McGraw-Hill later this year. Niklas runs the blog, www.powershell.nu, where he shares scripts, examples, and solutions for administrative tasks in Windows environments through Windows PowerShell.

Jeffery Hicks is a Microsoft MVP in Windows PowerShell and an IT veteran with almost 20 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT consultant specializing in Windows server technologies. He works today as an independent author, trainer, and consultant. His latest book, with Don Jones, is Windows PowerShell 2.0: TFM (SAPIEN Press 2010). Jeff is a moderator at ScriptingAnswers.com, a subject matter expert at TheExpertsCommunity.com, and a frequent contributor to many scripting-related forums. You can keep up with Jeff  at http://jdhitsolutions.com/blog/.

Sean Kearney is a network administrator, a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in Windows Server Virtualization and Configuration, a Windows Powershell MVP, and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. Sean is a devoted and passionate computer enthusiast from the early 80s to the present day, having used just about every microcomputer ever. Sean taught himself computer programming with 65xxmachine code, working with many technologies―but primarily Microsoft. Sean deals with “anything thrown at him,” from gnawed keyboards to recovery of Exchange servers to networking setups and isolating the realm of the unknown. Currently, he tests and deploys just about any new Microsoft Technology; he also deals with users in an enterprise classenvironment. Sean loves Windows Powershell, Windows 7, and Hyper-V, in that order.

Shay Levy is a Windows PowerShell MVP. He maintains a blog called script fanatic where he often writes about scripting issues. You can follow him on Twitter by following ShayLevy. He isalso the author of the very popular PowerShell Community Toolbar, which can be downloaded from his blog.

Enrique J. Cedeno has been writing VBScripts and shell scripts in his role as a Security Engineer for the WinTel platform at a Fortune 500 company. He has done lots of database work, and created numerous applications that integrate with LDAP to automate provisioning. Enrique holds certificates as an MCSE, MCSA, and ITIL.

Doug Finke is a Windows PowerShell MVP working for Lab49, a company that builds advanced applications for the financial service industry. Over the last 20 years, Doug has been a developer and author working with numerous technologies.You can catch up with Doug on his blog

Michael Frommhold is a Premier Field Engineer withMicrosoft Corp, Germany.

Don Jones can be found at http://ConcentratedTech.com. He is a Windows PowerShell MVP Award Recipient and Co-Author of Windows PowerShell v2: TFM (3rd Edition). Don is a Windows PowerShell Trainer, http://www.cbtnuggets.com/, and Editor-in-Chief at Realtime Publishers (http://nexus.realtimepublishers.com)

Thomas Lee has been scripting pretty much forever. He used to be pretty hot at JCL on the IBM 360 in the late 1960s, did a ton of shell scripting in the 70s on ICL VME. Thomas learned batch scripting with DOS 2.0. He never really grokked VBS (and never got infected with *ix).But truly “got” Monad when he first saw it in September 2003 and never looked back. Thomas is proficient in Windows PowerShell 1.0 and 2.0, and specializes in the .NET and WMI aspects. The one interesting fact is that he was the first person to blog about Monad.

Georges Maheu is the PFE SecurityTechnology Lead for Microsoft Canada. As a Senior Premier Field Engineer, he focuses on delegation of authority (how many domain admins do you really have?), on server hardening, and on doing security assessments using his own scripts. Georges has a passion for VBScript, Windows PowerShell, and WMI, and he uses them on a regular basis to gather information from Active Directory and computers. Also, Georges delivers popular scripting workshops to Microsoft Premier Customers worldwide.

Bill Mell is a Sr. Systems Administrator. Bill is currently and has been an MCSE since the NT4 days. His main job focus is supporting communications (all things voice and e-mail) systems. Bill has been scripting in VBScript and Windows PowerShell for a little more than three years now. Bill also does Cisco IPCC call center scripting.

Daniele Muscetta’s journey with computers and software started when he began programming on a Commodore 64 at the age of ten. Daniele preferred to write programs on his Commodore 64 rather than playing games with it like the other kids did. Today, Daniele works at Microsoft Italy as a Premier Field Engineer who specializes in both System Center Operations Manager and scripting technologies such as VBScript and Windows PowerShell. Daniele maintains a personal blog on his Web site. He has contributed to Scripting Games in the past, and to Ed Wilson’s WindowsPowershell 2.0 Best Practices book.

Stephanie Peters is a Senior Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft Solutions Support in the United States.

Mark Schill lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he works as a contractor for the federal government. He began scripting with VBScript in 1999 and now works exclusively with Windows PowerShell. His current areas of specialization are automated Windows system builds and Citrix environments. VMWare is also of major interest to him. Mark works in development on a part-time basis and this has provided ease within the .NET Framework. He also serves as a resident advisor on the #PowerShell IRC channel on freenode.net. You can find him on his blog: http://www.cmschill.net/stringtheory.

Marco Shaw is a Windows PowerShell MVP 2008-2010 and can be found on Twitter: @MarcoShaw. His blog is http://marcoshaw.blogspot.com

Richard Siddaway is Technical Architect for Serco in the UK working ontransformation projects in the Local Government and Commercial arena. With more than 20 years' experience in various aspects of IT, Richard specializes in the Microsoft environment at anarchitectural level, especially around Active Directory (AD), Exchange, SQL Server,and Infrastructure Optimization.

Much of his recent experience has involved AD migrations and optimizations, which often include Exchange. Richard has hands-on administration experience and is involved in implementation activity in addition to filling architectural and design roles. He has extensive experience specifying, designing, and implementing high-availability solutions for a number of versions of the Windows platform, especially for Exchange and SQL Server.

Richard is always looking for the opportunity to automate a process, preferably with Windows PowerShell. Richard founded and currently leads the UK PowerShell User Group. Microsoft has recognized his technical expertise and community activities by presenting a Microsoft Most Valued Professional award. Richard has presented to the Directory Experts Conference, at various events at Microsoft in the UK and Europe, and for other UK User Groups. Richard has a number of articles and technical publications to his credit, and is currently finalizing his first print book. The subject? Windows PowerShell, of course.

Blog: http://msmvps.com/blogs/RichardSiddaway/Default.aspx

Book details available from: http://www.manning.com/siddaway

Bill Stewart is a scripting guru whose day job is IT Systems Analyst for French Funeral and Cremation Services in Albuquerque, NM. He has published numerous articles in Windows IT Pro magazine and is amoderator for the Official Scripting Guys Forum.

Tome Tanasovski is a Systems Engineer in New York City.  He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer who specializes in SQL Server, SharePoint, and VMWare.  He is the founder of the New York City Powershell User group, a part-time Windows Powershell blogger, and is a contributor to the Windows PowerShell and Hey, Scripting Guy! forums. He maintains a blog at wordpress.

Max Trinidad is a native of Puerto Rico and has been working with computers since 1979. He has worked with Dbase III/IV, Clipper, RPG, OS/400, OCL/JCL, HTLM, and most current Microsoft development technologies. Currently, Max is a Senior IT/Developer at Claire's Stores Inc., providing support for Windows Servers, SQL applications, Virtualization, and IBM i5 series building Visual Studio solutions. In 2009/2010, he got his Microsoft MVP award in Windows PowerShell.

Ed Wilson is one of the Microsoft Scripting Guys and a well-known scripting expert. He writes the daily Hey Scripting Guy! Blog, and a weekly blog posting for Microsoft Press. He has also spoken at TechEd and at the Microsoft internal TechReady conferences. He is a Microsoft-certified trainer who has delivered a popular Windows PowerShell workshop to Microsoft Premier Customers worldwide. He has written nine books including six on Windows scripting that were published by Microsoft Press. He has also contributed to nearly a dozen other books. His Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices book for Microsoft Press was recently published. Ed holds more than 20 industry certifications, including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

 

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