Vote PowerCLI at VMworld 2013

imageIts time to vote for VMworld sessions again and this year there are a whopping 13 PowerCLI related sessions in the public voting for you to select, that’s a lot more than last year.

There is a good variety of sessions from learning up to the expert, from VMware engineers (The guys who wrote PowerCLI) and also customers who use PowerCLI.

Personally I would like to accept all of them but hey, its down to you so go to the VMworld Voting Page sign in and vote for your top sessions.

I’m looking forward to automation and fun filled VMworld this year!

4887 The PowerCLI – vSphere API Rosetta Stone
Josh Atwell
Conrad Ramos
Occasionally tasks that are simple in the vSphere GUI are not available as part of the native PowerCLI cmdlets. Automating these tasks require digging deeper into vSphere’s API, which is foreign to most PowerCLI scripters. PowerCLI can directly communicate with this API if you know the right places to look.Attendees will learn how to navigate the vSphere API to identify the methods required to perform these tasks. Additionally attendees will learn the basics on how to integrate these mysterious methods into PowerCLI through proven examples. We’ll help you learn the language of the vSphere API and translate it into powerful scripts and functions.
4910 Racking up Oracle RAC with PowerCLI
Maish Saidel-Keesing Have you ever set up Oracle RAC? Have you ever counted how many steps it takes to perform the full installation? How many of those have to be performed manually?Wouldn’t it be great to set up your Oracle RAC cluster with a minimal amount of steps and let the rest all be handled automatically?This Session will supply the use case of how our company managed to automate the full installation of Oracle RAC. Converting a manual, highly error prone and frustrating process, to something that is now 100% automated, and has reduced to the time to deploy a fully functional RAC cluster from 12-16 hours of manual work to a 60-90 minute automated process.The session will go through the workflow needed to complete a RAC installation – and will show you how we leveraged some our built-in processes and the vSphere API to complete the rest of the work.

The session will include a live demo of a full RAC installation from start to finish.

4944 PowerCLI Best Practices – A Deep Dive
Luc Dekens
Alan Renouf
In previous years Alan and Luc showed you some of their best practices and how to take PowerCLI one step further.
This year they will dive deeper and show you some best practices you didn’t see coming.
– The Software Defined Datacenter
– Taking on the MOB and winning
– From vSwitch to vDS
– Pimp your performance graphs
– Common and Cool Community Questions
4983 PowerCLI for dummies
Noam Perimann In this customer case study, an IT generalist shares real-world PowerCLI scripting solutions to monitoring and maintenance challenges in a Windows environment. Integrating vm-level and guest-level scripting, holistic automation is presented in digestible pieces. Even a dummy can become a productive automator.
5019 Automating Horizon View Administration with PowerCLI and LDAP
Jack McMichael As large Horizon View deployments scale up, so does the administration tasks that accompany it. Ease the pain of administration tasks, pool deployment, user entitlement, and desktop image management with the use of PowerCLI and the Horizon View ADLDS instance.In this advanced technical session we’ll setup our Connection Broker for use with PowerCLI. We’ll examine the most commonly used PowerCLI cmdlets and put them to use in real world examples that will help you streamline administration or create automated tasks to better manage a Horizon View environment. We’ll navigate into the Horizon View ADLDS instance to understand the information available, make you comfortable manipulating data when necessary, and show how you can integrate LDAP queries into scripts to aggregate the information you need that Horizon View Administrator may not show you.
5166 How to manage and automate large scale Cloud deployments through PowerShell / PowerCLI
Sajal Debnath The overall aim of this session is to enable cloud admins to effectively utilize PowerShell / PowerCLI in their day to day tasks to make it easier for them to manage the complex environments.The session starts with a discussion on common needs for automation in cloud environment, different methods of achieving same and their respective merits and demerits. It will then go on to discuss available PowerShell / PowerCLI way of automating and managing cloud environment. Different categories of cmdlets available under PowerCLI for vCloud environment and their uses and applications.Next it takes sample use cases and solve those using PowerShell scripts, describing in detail about the working of the scripts so that general idea can be gained about the requirements and how to approach to provide solutions to meet the requirements.In this stepwise approach has been taken where it starts from simple scripts and then gradually goes to more complex scripts.
5287 Open up the vCloud hood using PowerCLI, Hyperic, vCenter Operations Manager and vCenter Orchestrator to reveal the inner cloud.
Phil Ditzel
Cathal Cleary
Are you a vCloud service provider? Are you a vCloud consumer? Do you have enough visibility of what’s happening under vCloud Director’s hood?This session will discuss tools and techniques for both the provider and consumer to open up the vCloud box and allow for higher levels of utilization. We will demonstrate techniques using PowerCLI, vFabric Hyperic, vCenter Operations Manager and vCenter Orchestrator to add both provider and consumer instrumentation to vCloud Director.
5298 PowerCLI – from Youngling to Master
Hans De Leenheer Learning a new technology is like learning a new language. It is especially so if you want to learn a scripting language. At the VMware Community Podcast of March 27th, where the topic was PowerCLI, a question got raised where you should start when you are a rookie. The answer was “many places”. As a result of that PowerCLIforDummies.com got created that would be just that landing place to start.Making it interesting the website evolves through the stages of learning a new language. To keep it geek enough the learning process has been aligned with the Jedi ranks. By the end of this session you will know how to grow from Youngling to Apprentice, Knight and in the end become a real PowerCLI Master.
5338 What’s in PowerCLI for me?
Andrey Anastasov
Vladimir Goranov
Have you ever felt like you are doing the same thing over and over again? Are you tired of clicking with the mouse through tedious user interfaces and endless wizards? Are you having trouble keeping up with the loads of work around your virtual infrastructure?Then you might use some help – and PowerCLI is the tool for you! It lets you automate all aspects of your work: reporting, provisioning, and large-scale changes, to name a few. PowerCLI is powerful, yet easy to use.
5340 What everybody ought to know about reporting in the software-defined data center with PowerCLI
Andrey Anastasov
Vladimir Goranov
Administrators: Do you know what is going on in your virtual environment? Are you aware of the current trends in its usage? Are you in control of your software-defined infrastructure?PowerCLI will help you report on all aspects of your virtual environment and cloud infrastructure. Learn how to write simple yet powerful PowerCLI reports in various formats. Discover the five PowerCLI reports no vSphere administrator can live without and the amazing reporting capabilities PowerCLI provides for the software-defined data center.
5479 To the Cloud, with PowerCLI!
Jake Robinson
Alan Renouf
PowerCLI has become one of the most powerful and easy to use tools in a vSphere admin’s arsenal. Since version 5.01 this also includes the ability to manage your workloads in the public cloud. This session will show you the power you have to manage workloads at any vCloud provider, see how easy it is to create, manage and report on your cloud workloads with PowerCLI
5554 How to use the new PowerCLI VMware vSphere Distributed Switch cmdlets and become a PowerCLI superstar
Robert van den Nieuwendijk While the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch has been around since vSphere 4, official vSphere PowerCLI support for the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch was just recently introduced in VMware vSphere PowerCLI 5.1 Release 2. This session will provide a technical deep dive into the new PowerCLI cmdlets to manage a vSphere Distributed Switch. You will learn how to configure and manage a vSphere Distributed Switch using PowerCLI. Exporting and importing the configuration of a vSphere Distributed switch will be discussed in depth. You will learn how to import the configuration of a vSphere Distributed switch to create new distributed switches and port groups, or to modify existing ones. Finally migrating a standard vSwitch to a vSphere Distributed Switch will be highlighted.
5731 Become a Rock Star with PowerCLI and vCenter Orchestrator – Now with more Cowbell
Josh Atwell Automation is the future of cloud and in this session attendees will learn how to identify areas in their environment that are primed for less administrator interaction. The combination of PowerCLI and vCenter Orchestrator puts considerable power in even the greenest users. Attendees will learn how to identify areas for automation and start learning to discern which tool is best suited for the job and when to use them together.


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