Travel back in time with Veeam Reporter

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Veeam released a rather interesting set of PowerShell cmdlets called the Veeam PowerShell Extensions that provide a few cmdlets that are very similar to some cmdlets you get with VI Toolkit. For example, they have their own versions of Get-VM and Get-VMHost which return information about VMs and ESX hosts inside of VI. The most Read more...

Why is my code so slow?

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Can you spot the difference between this code: [crayon-5f09d9f8ca3a0835289856/] [crayon-5f09d9f8ca3b2086526837/] [crayon-5f09d9f8ca3b7461050857/] [crayon-5f09d9f8ca3c0407229468/] [crayon-5f09d9f8ca3c4999602551/] [crayon-5f09d9f8ca3c8580167260/] And this code: [crayon-5f09d9f8ca3cb666727782/] [crayon-5f09d9f8ca3cf788227906/] [crayon-5f09d9f8ca3d2425788348/] [crayon-5f09d9f8ca3d6263958644/] [crayon-5f09d9f8ca3d9448745831/] [crayon-5f09d9f8ca3dd767023459/] This is not quite a trick question, the only difference is that one uses $vm and one uses $vm.name in the second line. Both of these are valid and produce the same Read more...

Monitoring ESX hardware with PowerShell

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Did you ever wonder where all the info under Health Status in VI Client comes from?   It turns out that your ESX server has a server built in to it that provides this information via a management standard called CIM, which is owned and promoted by the DMTF standards body. A lot of the Read more...

Create some amazing reports with the PowerGUI PowerPack

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Kirk Munro and crew have been working hard on a new VMware PowerGUI PowerPack The best new feature is the ability to draw diagrams of your VI environment, like the one here: To get some diagram goodness, you need to have vCenter, VI Toolkit 1.5, the latest PowerGUI and PowerPack, and Visio 2007. Once you’ve Read more...

Do you really need automation?

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It’s a trick question, the answer is yes. But where do you need it? We’re running a poll over on the VI Toolkit Community where you can vote for the VMware product most in need of automation in the form of PowerShell cmdlets (registration required to participate). Let us know where you need automation the Read more...