BePUG Meeting #2

Monday September 5th 2016 marked the second meeting of the Belgian PowerShell User Group.

The second BePUG meeting took place at the Ordina offices in Mechelen. Ordina is a large independent services provider in the field of consulting, solutions and IT in the Benelux. We wish to thank Ordina again for enabling this 2nd BePUG meeting.


After welcoming the attendees,


Chrissy and Luc presented the agenda for the evening.


VMworld Report

Luc gave a quick overview of the PowerShell related news from VMworld US 2016. In summary:

  • The open source PowerShell announcement on August 18th, contained a VMware PowerCLI demo by Alan Renouf
  • At VMworld, during session INF8092, there were more demos presented
    • Running PowerCLI cmdlets on Windows, Linux and MacOS
    • Calling vSphere API methods from a PowerCLI script running on a Linux box
  • A recorded demo of the vSphereDSC module, and the “reverse” script to translate a vSphere environment into a DSC Configuration file


SQL and PowerShell Report

Chrissy did a session on the current state of the union for SQL and PowerShell.


  • The history of the marriage between SQL and PowerShell, from poor to wow!
  • She gave a shout-out to Ken Van Hyning, for the important improvements that were realised for PowerShell support in SQL
  • Chrissy concluded with an overview of the impressive dbatools project
    • A thumbs up for the Team, and what they realised
    • A call for community participation via the Trello board

Get it done with Azure Automation

Next up, an Azure Automation overview by Kurt and Stijn.


Kurt showed us the features of Azure Automation, backed by the demos done by Stijn.

A very useful overview on Runbooks and Azure Automation Assets. The slides, which shall appear shortly on the BePUG website, will be a solid reference for anyone who is starting with Azure Automation.


And then there was pizza! And drinks! And networking!

Thanks again Ordina for providing all this!

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Azure Automation with DSC

We kept the best for last of course, a great session with Ed on Azure Automation with DSC.

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Ed gave us a great overview on why you should automate, which pitfalls you could encounter and how to avoid them.

He further discussed the possibilities and directions of the Operations Management Suite (OMS).

He also asked for participation in the Monthly Automation calls



You might have been wondering why we had beer bottles in front of all the speakers, but these beers, and some books, were the prices for our raffle at the end of the meeting. And yes, we know there was a Dutch beer in there, but our PR Manager thought that would be a good move, seen a number of Dutch participants in our audience 😉



It seems my co-chair of the BePUG, discovered that Justin Timberlake also attended this BePUG meeting.

That explains the titles of his hits like there are “SexyShell” and “Rock Your Automation”.

Thank You

Besides a big thank you to all our speakers (Kurt was called away early, hence the insert),


we would also like to thank all attendees. Without your dedication and love for PowerShell none of this would be possible!


Let’s do this again!

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Meeting today, September 5th!

We’re looking forward to hosting our meeting tonight with speakers Ed Wilson (of the Scripting Guys), Stijn Callebaut and Kurt Van Hoecke! Ordina will be providing beer, soda and pizza, as well as the meeting room.

Monday, September 5, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CEST)
M07 – Ordina (ground floor)
Blarenberglaan 3b
2800 Mechelen

Finding Ordina’s offices should be easy with GPS/Google, but here is a map just in case. The map includes parking spaces and the flow of traffic.


The front entrance should stay open at least till 6.30 PM but we’ll try to keep them open even later. The meeting room is the first room on your left side when you enter the building. It will be marked and hopefuly easy for you to find.

If you have any issues finding Ordina or getting in, please Tweet to Chrissy (@cl) or Luc (@LucD22).

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Next meeting Monday, 5 September 2016!

The Belgian PowerShell User Group is extremely excited to welcome Ed and Theresa Wilson of the Microsoft Scripting Guys for their second meeting. Ed and Theresa will be presenting “Unbelievably Easy DSC Using OMS” while Stijn Callebaut and Kurt Van Hoecke, both of, will be presenting on Azure. We also plan to have a couple short sessions by Chrissy and Luc.

WHEN: Monday, September 5, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Central European Time)
WHERE: M07 – Ordina (ground floor) – Blarenberglaan 3b, 2800 Mechelen


A big thanks goes out to Jeroen Peters and Ordina for providing a venue for our meeting!

Direct link to Event on EventBrite

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BePUG meeting #1

On Thursday evening January 14th 2016, a group of PowerShell enthusiasts converged to the MIC in Mons, to attend the 1st BePUG Meeting.

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Since we didn’t know what to expect for a first meeting, we were very pleasantly surprised to see this number of enthusiastic attendees making the effort to drive to Mons on a weekday evening.


The BePUG had scheduled three sessions for their first meeting.

PowerShell and REST – Expanding Your Horizon

Luc presented an overview on how to use RESTful API from within PowerShell. He showed a number of tricks, pitfalls and gotchas when working with the Invoke-RestMethod cmdlet.

PowerShell Unbound – Tips & Tricks

Jeff‘s session showed a number of Tips & Tricks from the PowerShell world,  that even the more seasoned PowerShell users were not aware off. The fun and fluent delivery of the subject were much appreciated by the audience.

PowerShell, CSV and SQL Server – My Journey to 200,000 Rows a Second

Chrissy showed her impressive journey to the +200K rows a second record. This was a real deep dive that impressed the attendees. Runspaces will be hot in Belgium from now on !

The session slides and files for this 1st BePUG Meeting are/will be available on


LucD notes – BePUG – RESTful API – Expand your Horizon

FB – Belgian PowerShell User Group


We would like to thank the Microsoft Innovation Center in Mons for hosting the event.

We would like to thank all the speakers.

And most importantly, we would like to thank all the attendees, you are the part in User Group that makes the difference !

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First meeting: Thursday, 14 January 2016!

Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, 14 January 2016 at 6:30pm at the Microsoft Innovation Center in Mons, Belgium! Reserve your ticket on EventBrite now.



Microsoft will be providing refreshments for all attendees 🙂 Thank you, Microsoft!


Three 30-minute sessions will be presented after an intro/welcome. Each session will have a 5-15 minute Q&A afterward, and all speakers will be available after the meeting for additional questions and beer. All sessions will be presented in English.
  • PowerShell and REST – Expanding Your Horizon
    Luc Dekens, PowerShell MVP & VMware vExpert
    • This session explores working with PowerShell and 3rd party REST API’s such as the API offered by Ravello Systems.
  • PowerShell Unbound – Tips & Tricks
    Jeff Wouters, PowerShell MVP
    • This session is all about tips ‘n tricks you can use in PowerShell. Mostly practical, some improve performance of scripts and others are just plain fun.
  • PowerShell, CSV and SQL Server – My Journey to 200,000 Rows a Second
    Chrissy LeMaire, PowerShell MVP
    • Using my module, SqlImportSpeedTest, you can import up over 200,000 rows a second from CSV files. But it didn’t start out that way. In this session, I’ll show you some best practices and techniques to help turbo charge your PowerShell scripts.

Join us!

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