Steven Murawski and Scott Herold will be talking PowerShell and PowerCLI tomorrow at the Wisconsin VMware Users Group and it should be quite an interesting talk. You can find all the details on Steven’s blog. A recording will also be available after the fact just in case you’re not able to make it.
If you managed to make it to VMworld Europe this year, you may have seen me talking about VI Toolkit, along with my colleague Andrey Anastasov and also Dennis Zimmer, CTO of Icomasoft. Icomasoft has a really cool product that allows you to automate using PowerCLI / VI Toolkit from directly inside VMware’s VI Client, as opposed to using a separate command window. A lot of people really appreciate the added structure and control this gives. Not only that, but PowerScripter also gives you integrated scheduling, something that can be quite tricky to get right.
Icomasoft’s PowerScripter reached version 1.5 recently, and adds experimental support for vSphere 4 as well as enhanced reporting capabilities that let you filter, sort, search and export to Excel. Check out all the details on Icomasoft’s site.
Just a short note to all you VI Toolkit / PowerCLI users out there that Hal Rottenberg’s book, Managing VMware Infrastructure with Windows PowerShell is now shipping, order your copy today!
Hal’s book is full of great tips, tricks and useful samples that will help you learn and use PowerCLI to manage and automate your virtual infrastructure. In fact you can download all those samples right now over at the publisher’s website.
And also, congratulations to Hal, all the hard work has finally paid off!
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 got all that in order you can create some great diagrams of your virtual environment. I saw a demo of this stuff at VMworld Europe courtesy of Scott Herold and it was really amazing. Note that to generate reports you need to select either a cluster or a datacenter within PowerGUI.
I also wanted to say that Kirk, Scott and all the others at Quest that they’re doing a wonderful job and I’m really looking forward to seeing all this stuff come together when the Virtualization EcoShell launches later this month.