I’ve started this blog for a number of reasons. I read a lot of stuff from books, blogs, articles, watch videos, practice and experiment in my lab, prepare for certification exams and try to actively participate in the PowerShell.org community. Sharing the things I learn and the way I learn them helps me a lot to digest and retain the information I consume. I also honestly hope, that people facing similar challenges  and pursuing similar goals in their lives will find my experiences helpful.

My other purpose is to connect with people who have the same passion for IT and the desire to learn, improve and be creative. I love the Lenovo slogan For those who do and to do together in a community is much more powerful. I live in Graz, Austria and if you’d like to connect too, you can find me on Twitter at iszarka.

Update: read my thoughts on why and how to learn PowerShell in the February 2015 issue of Powershell.org Techletter!

Short Story

There are two things I love with a passion after my wife: IT and English. I was fascinated by the world of computers even as a child and as soon as I got “old” enough I became the family sysadmin. There was not a single technical person in my family so every time anyone had a problem they run to me. My dad has a PhD in history, my mom is a math teacher and my sister is just my sister. They only wanted to use their computers for whatever they needed and got scared if something went wrong. They gave me quiet a lot to do during my years at home.

My love for English became obvious when I realized that the greatest quantity and highest quality of information about everything I was interested in was available in English – and thanks to the Internet, very easily. I wanted to dive into the language so I gained a bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies at a Hungarian university. It was quiet an obvious education path, considering the family tradition in social sciences. The thought of becoming an IT professional didn’t occur to me until some years later in my life.

My desire to become a professional in IT and particularly in Windows is due to the technological advances cloud computing has introduced. Cloud computing isn’t just a tech hype but perhaps the most significant paradigm shift in IT. I especially like the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary’s definition of the term: a paradigm shift is “a great and important change in the way something is done or thought about”. This is exactly what has been happening to IT and this is what makes this profession more fascinating than ever.

In the past, IT was done and thought about as deploying and administering more or less individual servers. I’m exaggerating here a great deal for sure and I’m only talking about the back-end, since this is what I care about, but you get the idea. Today, cloud computing isn’t only the growing number of public and private cloud services, but a new way of doing and thinking about IT itself. Virtualization and other advances have made it so easy and affordable to scale big, to provide continuous availability, agility, redundancy, resiliency and – belive it or not – security for our infrastructures and services. Today, an administrator has to deal with many servers at a time and has to test and deploy entire solutions quickly. Automation has become a must in order to keep up with the changes and innovations in technology.

And that’s why I like Windows Server 2012, PowerShell and Desired State Configuration so much. Microsoft started innovating again and built a wonderful cloud OS with powerful and efficient administrative and management tools unknown before. Declarative configuration like DSC has already been in use in the Linux world, but PowerShell is a unique and game-changing innovation: it’s an object-oriented shell and scripting language. That’s unmatched even in the Linux universe.

After all, I’ve decided to gain an MCSA in Windows Server 2012 and I’ve successfully passed my first exam, which is “Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012”. I’m very excited to become a real professional in this wonderful technology!


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