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Windows PowerShell Scripting Contest on TechNet ScriptCenter
(Nov 1 – Dec 15 2006)
Want a chance to win one of over 150 prizes, including one of two, all-expenses paid trips to Redmond, WA to meet the Windows PowerShell team? Or maybe one of 12 Xbox 360 Core gaming machines? Or one of the dozens of prizes provided by PowerGadgets or a copy of Sapien’s PrimalScript 4.1 and Windows PowerShell: TFM book. That’s more than $13,000 in prizes and over 150 prizes. And all you have to do is write a Windows PowerShell script and submit it as part of the Windows PowerShell Scripting Sweepstakes. Enter as often as you wish and prizes will be randomly selected from valid submissions via the Sweepstakes Submission page. Scripts should carry out a system administration task in Windows, and must do more than simply call a Windows PowerShell Cmdlet.
Do you really want to win a prize? Your odds are best if you submit scripts in all categories as we award prizes per category. Read the complete breakdown of prizes to be awarded per category.
You can submit scripts in any (or all) of 12 different categories, including the following:
Partner Category: PowerGadgets and NSoftware Network Management Cmdlets (free downloads)
Hardware Asset/Hardware Configuration
Inventory: Hardware, Operating System Settings, Installed Applications and Updates
Registry/Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
File System (quotas, permissions, etc.) or File Tasks (text files, XML, HTML, etc.)
Exchange Server 2007
System Center Operations Manager 2007
Other Category (any useful script for customizing Windows PowerShell or managing systems via Windows PowerShell; Heck if you want to submit a GUI layered over cmdlets, we will consider that as a valid submission)
You can enter multiple scripts and in multiple categories; however, you can only win one prize package. Prize winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries in each category. Grand prize winners will be randomly selected from the complete pool of eligible entries.
Windows PowerShell team members will post on some of their favorite submissions during the contest.
Edit to clarify some questions:
- You can submit as many scripts as you like
- You can submit more than one script to a single category
- We can send t-shirts and books less than $50 internationally. We need to determine whether the books are less than $50 US. The limit is required by United States Internal Revenue Services and varied international laws.
So yes - PowerShellers outside of the United States can enter both for the chance to win a t-shirt (possibly a book) and the chance to be recognized by the PowerShell team as having written a script that they admire.
- The contest ends in 2006, not 2007 :)
Please consider bumping up the 5000 character limitation for the PowerShell Scripting Sweepstakes. I have program that I would like to submit but it is 9000 characters. :(
Looks like Microsoft is hosting a PowerShell scripting contest for the next 6 or so weeks. Time to start
> Please consider bumping up the 5000 character limitation for the PowerShell Scripting Sweepstakes.
I checked and we can't do it. The reasons would drive you crazy so I won't even go into them.
Maybe this is an opportunity for refactoring :-)
Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]
Windows PowerShell/Aspen Architect
Visit the Windows PowerShell Team blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/PowerShell
Visit the Windows PowerShell ScriptCenter at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/hubs/msh.mspx
Thanks for checking.
Is there a limit on how many scripts one person can submit?
I am wondering if it is possible to submit a multiple scripts for one category.
Why the contest is open only to residents of US?
Submit as many scripts as you'd like. There are no restrictions on the number you submit, or the number of categories you submit them to.
In fact, we encourage it!
Acchong: Please see the update.
Thanks for the response there, Lee.
Being encouraged to submit multiple scripts surely is relieving and great.
By the way, I think the last date for the contest on the blog title should change from "Dec 15 2007" to "Dec 15 2006", as I checked again on the TechNet site for sweepstakes ;)
Does this contest really last until Dec 2007? :-)
Any updates on when the winners will be announced?
Any updates on the sweepstakes winners being announced?