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Ep. 93, PowerShell Summit and more: A chat with James Petty


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James PettyDirector of information technology at TextRequestLinkedIn

Aired November 27, 2023 | 62 min

In this episode, we welcome Microsoft MVP and CEO James Petty. We delve into the core of and James' pivotal role in advancing the platform. James shares insights on the future of the eagerly anticipated PowerShell Summit, highlighting significant changes for the upcoming year. The discussion also features James' latest creation, Learn PowerShell Scripting in a Month of Lunches, exploring its evolution in content and approach. James cites captivating anecdotes from his time as a professor teaching PowerShell at a college, creating a riveting podcast that celebrates PowerShell's far-reaching influence.

Meet our guest

James Petty

James, who serves as the director of information technology at TextRequest, is a four-time Microsoft MVP awardee. He serves as the volunteer CEO at DevOps Collective INC. This nonprofit organization focuses on technology education — particularly PowerShell, automation, and DevOps, gaining recognition through free online resources like

As the lead author of "Learn PowerShell in a Month of Lunches" (fourth edition) and "Learn PowerShell Scripting in a Month of Lunches" (second edition), both published by Manning, James showcases his literary contributions.

James's core passion lies in automation, demonstrated through his adept use of tools like PowerShell, Azure, and Windows Server environments. With over a decade of experience as an infrastructure administrator for businesses of various sizes, he has honed his expertise.

Residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, James shares his life with his wife, daughters, two dogs, and two cats.

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Meet the hosts

Andrew Pla

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Andrew Pla, a seasoned IT professional with over 10 years of experience, has spent the last 5 years mastering PowerShell. An ardent member of the PowerShell community and a Microsoft MVP, he loves sharing his knowledge and leveraging automation to solve complex problems. You can always find him connecting with others on the PDQ Discord and troubleshooting, with the firm belief that a problem shared is a problem halved.

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Jordan Hammond

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Jordan Hammond spent years as an exchange server administrator. One day, it dawned on him that he could automate many of those mundane tasks using PowerShell. And just like that, his journey into PowerShell began. Jordan has spent the past several years working at PDQ perfecting his automation and PowerShell skills.

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