Pablo Roesch, VMware, has put out a poster that their marketing department did, that has a listing of the PowerCLI commandlets. This is a very useful tool for anyone working in PowerShell using the VMware Toolkit for Windows.
It’s originally posted in this forum a VMware forum: http://bit.ly/1602Au
I’ve placed a the file in my media library and linked to it from here, just in case it disappears. 😉
PowerCli Poster in PDF format.
Thanks for the great poster VMware, and thanks for linking it Pablo!
The importance of having a naming schema for your virtual machines in VMware VI (ESX / Virtual Center) has become much more important with the release of the VI Toolkit for Windows.
If you’re not sure what the VI Toolkit for Windows is, please see a post that I wrote earlier this month: VMware VI Toolkit For Windows.
The VI Toolkit can allow you to automate and script a lot of tasks that would require quite a bit of UI interaction with the VI client. Something that you can do to facilitate this effort is by naming your virtual machines with a consistent pattern. A typical naming convention might end with a tag about the server’s function and a number representing the server’s redundancy.
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Ok, I’m a little excited… well a lot excited!
PowerShell, imho, is one of the best and most powerful tools that Microsoft has released in quite some time. Now toward proving that statement, VMware has created a PowerShell snap-in for VI (Virtual Infrastructure). If you’re not sure what PowerShell is, a little research would help you greatly, but suffice it to say that it is a scripting engine that will not only allow you to manage Microsoft infrastructure, but also can also script against the .NET framework. That’s right, no Visual Studio needed for quick tasks. Some scripting background will help you out with this, but it’s not difficult to pick up if you’ve never scripted before. If you don’t know what VI is, you probably shouldn’t be reading this entry. ;) But alas, I digress…
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