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PowerCLI Customer Spotlight #2: Luc Dekens

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Continuing our new blog series that spotlights individuals who use PowerCLI, how they learned it, and what they’ve done with it, I am pleased today to spotlight a major contributor to the PowerCLI community, Luc Dekens!

Customer Spotlight – A little about Luc

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Luc is a Systems Engineer for Eurocontrol, a European Organisation for the Security of Air Navigation. He has been in IT for more than 25 years. He started off in a mainframe environment and evolved along to Windows and Linux environments. Luc is a 7-time vExpert and a 2-year PowerShell MVP. He has presented several sessions at VMworld US & EMEA and at local VMUG meetings. He co-authored the VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference book. His blog is called LucD notes.

How did you learn PowerCLI in the beginning?

While I was looking for a tool to help us automate our virtualisation platform, a Google search, yes, I was feeling lucky, drew my attention to a PowerShell PSSnapin called VI Toolkit. We had started using PowerShell in our environment in 2006, so this PSSnapin was a gift from heaven.

At VMware TSX (Technical Solutions Exchange) 2007 in Nice, I attended a session by Carter Shanklin, then the PM for the product, and afterwards we had a lengthy discussion about the potential merits of the free product. I was admitted to the beta, and from there on it kind of became an avalanche.

What have been three accomplishments, scripts, or major wins for your job because of PowerCLI?

There have been quite a few scripts that turned out useful for me or others. Just to name a few:

1. Raiders of the Lost VMX: which allows one to find orphaned VMs on datastores

2. PowerCLI and vSphere Statistics: a series on using vSphere performance data from PowerCLI

3. Export-Xls: a function to create Excel spreadsheets with worksheets and graphs

Any other words of wisdom you’d like to share with the community?

  1. When you want to start using/learning PowerShell and PowerCLI, don’t hesitate, just dive in. The language is easy to learn and has provisions for starters, intermediates and experienced users.
  2. There is hardly anything to memorise, Get-Help is one of my favorite Cmdlets.
  3. Most importantly there is a huge community that is very willing to help you if you get stuck.

 

A great spotlight with Luc. What Luc didn’t mention is that he is also the top contributor in the VMware VMTN PowerCLI communities forum with 62,525 points. To put this into perspective, the next top contributor has 6,300 points. A big thanks Luc for your contributions to the PowerCLI community!

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Brian Graf

About Brian Graf

Brian Graf is a well-known VMware evangelist in the IT community. Over the past 5 years, Brian has done Technical Marketing for PowerCLI Automation and ESXi Lifecycle, Product Management of vCenter Distributed Resource Management features (DRS & HA), and is currently working as a Technical Marketing Manager for VMware Cloud on AWS. Brian is a co-author of the PowerCLI Deep Dive 2nd edition book. He has helped develop VMware certification courses and exams and presents around the world at VMware User Conferences, AWS Summits, Interop, as well as other industry Conferences. Brian is also a Microsoft MVP.

3 thoughts on “PowerCLI Customer Spotlight #2: Luc Dekens

  1. Vineeth

    Thanks Luc for your great contributions to the PowerCLI community.we learned a lot from your blogs master.

    Reply
  2. anil

    Hello Luc,
    can you help to provide network type of VM by cluster wise / esx please

    Get-VM | Get-NetworkAdapter |
    Where-object {$_.Type -ne “Vmxnet3″} |
    Select @{N=”VM”;E={$_.Parent.Name}},Name,Type |
    export-Csv c:\Network_Interface.csv -NoTypeInformation

    Reply
  3. Ankush

    Hi Luc,

    Is there any way to Automate the esxi 6.0 Certificate Update
    In GUI We see renew Option , But I do not see any command for same by VMware Powercli.

    Looking forward for your Response

    Reply

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