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VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration Paperback – Import, 8 Apr 2011
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Your One–Stop Reference for VMware vSphere Automation
If you manage vSphere in a Windows environment, automating routine tasks can save you time and increase efficiency. VMware vSphere PowerCLI is a set of pre–built commands based on Windows PowerShell that is designed to help you automate vSphere processes involving virtual machines, datacenters, storage, networks, and more. This detailed guide using a practical, task–based approach and real–world examples shows you how to get the most out of PowerCLI′s handy cmdlets.
Learn how to:
Automate vCenter Server and ESX/ESX(i) Server deployment and configuration
Create and configure virtual machines and use vApps
Secure, back up, and restore your virtual machines
Monitor, audit, and report the status of your vSphere environment
Use the PowerCLI SDK, PowerWF Studio, and vEcoShell
Schedule and view automation
Add a GUI front end to your scripts
About the Author
Luc Dekens, VMware vExpert, has worked with operating systems for over 20 years and now focuses on virtualization, particularly platforms produced by VMware. He blogs about PowerCLI and the vSphere SDK at www.lucd.info.
Alan Renouf, VMware vExpert, is an EMC vSpecialist and has been working with VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft products for several years. Currently he focuses on virtualization products and their automation using PowerShell. He is also cohost, along with Jonathan Medd, of the Get Scripting podcast (www.get–scripting.blogspot.com).
Glenn Sizemore, VMware vExpert, started scripting early in his IT career, adopting PowerShell early on and conquering it when VMware PowerCLI first shipped. He shares scripts and automation techniques on his blog at www.Get–Admin.com.
Arnim van Lieshout, VMware vExpert, has been in the IT industry for 12 years, working mainly with operating systems. He has been focusing on virtualization for the last five years, especially automating tasks using PowerShell. Arnim blogs at www.van–lieshout.com.
Jonathan Medd, PowerShell MVP, is cohost of the Get–Scripting podcast and also shares his PowerShell knowledge at www.jonathanmedd.net.
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I did read this book , it is only for reference use, if any one do not know the what powershell is and basics. please do not go for this at as the fist book for automation.It have everything that you need to automate in vSphere. We have 1200+ esx to manage , think about if you go for manual changes in vCenter , i think once you start learning powercli you do not have to work(just need to check the task bar in the vCenter). It is been 1+ year i am doing scriptig for vmware, if some one tell me go for manual method for vCenter task i think I will leave the job and find another.
If you are new to scripting/powershell do not start with this book.It is for reference not for learning purpose.
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There is a small bug with the display of the example code snippets (the HTML code for ' seems to be in every place that the character itself should be), but they should be able to get that fixed soon. In the meantime, I can manage doing the manual replacements myself.
Nevertheless, it's the only thing that keeps me from rewarding 5 stars for what is otherwise a terrific edition to my vSphere reference arsenal.
Edit: After seeing the Author's responses to concerns expressed in other reviews here, I'd like to take the opportunity to upgrade my review to 5 stars. Great job guys. That's the kind of stuff I like to see.
Part V where it discusses the different editors, the SDK, and how to build GUI is very useful.
I am very VMware View centric and it does not touch on that add on to CLI but this isn't a VMware View PowerCLI book, it is a VMWare vShpere PowerCLI book.