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We Are Beta

I won’t speculate on whether PowerShell fanatics are more or less likely to be sitting in front of their computers on a Friday night like I am, but regardless of when you read this post, if you use VMware ESX or VMware VirtualCenter, you should download our VI Toolkit (for Windows) Beta and give it a try.

Some of the cool things you might want to try for yourself:

  • Snapshot all of your virtual machines at once with a script like:   
  • Automate long-running tasks like cloning using a script like:   
  • Disconnect connected CD-ROM drives (to enable VMware VMotion, for example) using a script like:   

In total there are 102 PowerShell cmdlets in the Beta that cover all aspects of Virtual Infrastructure management. The most important thing is that you can now easily write scripts, tailor made to your problems, that save you time and frustration, whether that means saving you 10 clicks or 100.

Once you’ve had a chance to kick the proverbial tires, don’t forget to visit our Community Page to give your feedback or to talk with other Beta testers.

Last but not least, congratulations to the VI Toolkit (for Windows) team for all your hard work on this release!

24 thoughts on “We Are Beta

  1. Henk

    Hi Carter,
    Are there any changes between this beta version and the previously released version in closed beta?
    Keep up the good work!
    Greets

    Reply
  2. Jason Gorell

    For those that have Windows XP NTFS encryption turned on, you may get an error when trying to install. When asked to Retry or Cancel, hit Cancel and note the path. Turn off encryption to that folder and restart the install and you should be OK.

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  3. Richard Siddaway

    It also installs on top of the Powershell V2 CTP correctly.

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  4. Jonathan Allen

    Carter, this is pretty cool stuff.
    Would you mind if I interviewed you for InfoQ?
    Jonathan Allen
    Jonathan@InfoQ.com

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  5. Chris

    Carter,
    Looks pretty excellent. Will the cmdlets from the VI Toolkit work with the basic VMWare Server as well, or just the ESX and VirtualCenter?

    Reply
  6. Carter Shanklin

    Chris,
    VMware Server 2.0 will support management by an upcoming version of VMware VirtualCenter. When this happens, you will be able to manage Server 2.0 instances with PowerShell, through VirtualCenter. Please note that the management capabilities for Server will be limited relative to what you get with VMware ESX.

    Reply
  7. enki

    is it possible to manage vcb features?

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  8. Carter Shanklin

    We don’t have native VCB cmdlets in this release. It is possible to call the VCB command-line executables from PowerShell though.

    Reply
  9. Martin

    Will this eventually work with VMWare Workstation, too?

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