For the last few months I have really been interested in improving my PowerShell and PowerCLI skills. I've been watching Pluralsight courses and using every opportunity to perform tasks or obtain reports from the command line instead of using the GUI - when time allows :-)
After seeing the PowerCLI poster available from VMware, I wanted to get my hands on one but after asking the gurus for a copy and finding out they didn't have additional ones, I resorted to printing my own from the PDF VMware provides here. I ordered 3 posters and they came out very nice... In full (recommended) size 39x19 inches and laminated for durability; here's the one in my cube..
Having a pair extra I wanted to have a contest to give them away, so I initially thought of offering them to anyone who could teach me the best PowerCLI trick, something advanced and useful, but soon I realized that advanced users may not benefit from having the poster as much as someone starting to learn PowerCLI, so the idea changed quickly and an update was posted. Brian Graf and Kyle Ruddy accepted to be the judges at and select the winners few days later.
ICYMI: #PowerCLI posters giveaway.— Jorge Torres (@J_Kolkes) April 9, 2017
Reply here to enter contest. 👇@vBrianGraf & @kmruddy will help me pick winners next Thursday. #vExpert pic.twitter.com/Uui5Bpb8pN
I've got 2 laminated #PowerCLI posters to give away to any U.S #vExpert who wants it and replies with best One-Liner; best 2 win 😉#VMware pic.twitter.com/8IRFNm6p83— Jorge Torres (@J_Kolkes) April 7, 2017
Many people did not follow the rules and were simply asking for the poster until Brian Graf tweeted this:
— Brian Graf (@vBrianGraf) April 14, 2017
By Thursday evening, many people had replied to the different Tweets and the winners were announced:
Folks! The winner of the first poster goes to .@oldchewie for his witty response. #PowerCLI #vExpert. Learn Lots! Thanks @J_Kolkes! https://t.co/qPjwkXVqmB— Brian Graf (@vBrianGraf) April 14, 2017
Bruce Olschewski won the first poster with this Tweet:
— Bruce Olschewski (@oldchewie) April 14, 2017
Kyle later picked Benjamin Carrell as the second winner for his one-liner reply:
2nd #PowerCLI poster winner goes to @benjarell with this one-liner!— Kyle Ruddy (@kmruddy) April 14, 2017
Big thanks to @J_Kolkes for putting the contest together! https://t.co/PEcFxGQgJP
— Benjamin Carrell (@benjarell) April 11, 2017
Unbeknownst to Brian, Kyle and myself and by pure coincidence, the 2 winners, Bruce and Benjamin live relatively close by in Utah; I learned this when they both shared their addresses with me to ship the posters, so I resorted and agreed with Bruce to send him both items and he would reach out to the second winner. He recently confirmed that posters were received and that it only took him 3 minutes deviation from his route from work to meet with Benajmin.
Chances the 2 winners, independently picked by @vBrianGraf & @kmruddy live less than 20 miles apart? Yes, @oldchewie & @benjarell— Jorge Torres (@J_Kolkes) April 18, 2017
On 📬 soon. https://t.co/oX0QPyU6ve