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Monthly Archives: February 2014

New Book: Learning PowerCLI

Everyone I meet sees the time that PowerCLI can save you by automating your day to day tasks, easily creating reports, troubleshooting your environment and much more but to use PowerCLI you first need to take the time to learn it, this can be achieved in a variety of methods but still the most popular is reading a book and putting it into practice.

If you are the reading kind of person then make sure you check out the existing PowerCLI Library of books:


Learning PowerCLI

There is a new book now available with the latest up to date information, it was written specifically with the vSphere Admin in mind and shows how you can easily get started using PowerCLI.  The book was written by community member Robert van den Nieuwendijk and published by PACKT.

The book is available in all good book stores and online book retailers such as with Amazon here.  Whats more you can take a look inside the book to see if its for you here.

What you will learn from this book

    • Download and install PowerCLI
    • Add hosts to VMware vCenter Server
    • Configure vSphere Auto Deploy
    • Use the esxcli command from PowerCLI
    • Create OS Customization Specs
    • Monitor virtual machine performance
    • Configure distributed virtual switches and storage I/O Control
    • Enable VM and Application Monitoring
    • Manage licenses for multiple hosts to migrate them easily
    • Configure an alarm to monitor your networks virtual machines
    • Generate a good-looking HTML report in no time

Win a copy

PACKT and Robert were kind enough to give VMware 5 copies of the book to give away here, in order to win a copy all you need to do is add a comment to this site (make sure you include your email address) telling us why you need to learn PowerCLI.

Entries will be judged by Robert and chosen by March 14th 2014, once chosen you will receive an email with a link to receive your copy of the book.

Good Luck.

Introduction to PowerCLI

Here at VMware we still get questions from people who are starting out with PowerCLI,

To make sure everyone is aware of the power that is available to system administrators in PowerCLI we wanted to create the below introduction which answers some of the frequent questions we receive when people start out on their journey to manage VMware platforms with the command line interface and provide automation to the Software Defined Data Center.