VMware Infrastructure Toolkit for Windows

To automate tasks in a VMware Infrastructure environment the VI Toolkit can be very handy. Using Powershell language lots of tasks can be automated. Automated tasks save time and can prevent errors.

Using Powershell for VMware is getting very populair. The session called ‘TA01 Managing VMware With PowerShell’  was rated number 1 in the list of most populair sessions during VMworld Europe 2009 in Cannes. The hands-on-lab was also very populair. A video of the session can be seen via the links below. Thanks to Erik Sloof for all the hard work to publish these videos.

TA01 – Managing VMware With PowerShell  Introduction

 TA01 – Managing VMware With PowerShell Part I

TA01 – Managing VMware With PowerShell Part II 

Getting started with Powershell can be a bit difficult in the beginning. But after a while it will save the VMware admin lots of time.  Vizioncore is working on a free tool which enables to make Powershell scripts using a graphical interface. Read more about this at http://www.thevesi.org/. The info below is taken from the website:

“The Virtualization EcoShell Initiative (VESI™) is a community-based initiative to help extend virtualization management using Microsoft Windows PowerShell. Whether you are a novice looking for assistance in enhancing your virtualization administration practices or an expert looking to share your knowledge with others, theVESI.org is the place for you. If this is your first time here, please read the FAQ section of this site.The Virtualization EcoShell Initiative (VESI™) is a community-based initiative to help extend virtualization management using Microsoft Windows PowerShell. Whether you are a novice looking for assistance in enhancing your virtualization administration practices or an expert looking to share your knowledge with others, theVESI.org is the place for you. ”

More info on Vesi: http://www.virtu-al.net/2009/03/03/the-vesi-is-on-its-way/

The VI Toolkit for Windows examples used in the Lab at VMworld Cannes can be found here http://technodrone.blogspot.com/2009/03/tiny-bit-of-powershell.html

a good reference guide can be found here http://virtu-al.net/Downloads/VIToolkitQuickReferenceGuide.pdf

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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