Wednesday, October 29. 2014
VMware vSphere PowerCLI contains snapins of cmdlets based on Microsoft PowerShell for automating vSphere and vCloud administration. It provides C# and PowerShell interfaces to VMware vSphere and vCloud APIs. You can download the VMware Management with PowerCLI 5.8 Release 1 Poster here.
Thursday, March 13. 2014
VMware vSphere PowerCLI provides a Windows Powershell interface to the VMware vSphere and vCloud and the SRM APIs. VMware vSphere PowerCLI includes numerous cmdlets, sample scripts, and a function library. PowerCLI is a command-line and scripting tool built on Windows PowerShell, and provides more than 400 cmdlets for managing and automating vSphere and vCloud.
This release of vSphere PowerCLI introduces a number of new capabilities and expands on the existing cmdlets introducing cmdlets for vCenter Site Recovery Manager and providing further management of the VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director products.
Using the Connect-SRMServer and Disconnect-SRMServer you are now able to connect to vCenter SRM and access all public APIs available, use of the $global:DefaultSrmServers object properties and methods after connection allow for access to recovery group and protection group automation.
Sample Scripts for Managing vCenter Site Recovery Manager with VMware vSphere PowerCLI
- Protect a Virtual Machine - You can protect a virtual machine by replicating it to a remote SRM site.
- Connect-SrmServer - This cmdlet establishes a connection to a vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) server.
- Create a Report of the Virtual Machines Associated with All Protection Groups - You can create a simple report containing information about the virtual machines associated with all protection groups.
- Create a Report of the Protected Virtual Machines - You can create a simple report containing information about the protected virtual machines associated with an SRM server.
Wednesday, October 24. 2012
- Learn PowerShell fast using the Interactive Learning Center
- Execute PowerShell quickly and accurately with the powerful interactive console
- Take advantage of the PowerShell remoting features directly from the interactive console
- Access hundreds of pre-loaded scripts in the personal QuickClick™ library
- Download thousands of community scripts from PowerShell.com, TechNet and PoshCode – directly from the PowerShell Plus console and editor
- Debug PowerShell 10x faster with the advanced script editor and easily share your scripts with the PowerShell community
- The PowerShell Plus Console allows you to work interactively with PowerShell from a feature-rich Windows UI. This integration makes working with PowerShell faster and easier to use than ever before.
- The advanced debugger and script editor lets you build and test complex PowerShell scripts, try one line PowerShell commands from an embedded console window, and sign your script with a security certificate … all from a single workspace.
- The Comprehensive Learning Center helps you experience PowerShell by example. Short tutorials guide you through basic concepts at your own pace. The Comprehensive Learning Center also includes dynamically created help topics from currently installed PowerShell CmdLets, Snap-Ins, and WMI objects.
Wednesday, April 27. 2011
Windows PowerShell is Microsoft’s command line shell and scripting language. PowerShell is built on the Microsoft .NET Framework and helps in system administration. By providing full access to COM (Component Object Model) and WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation), PowerShell enables administrators to perform administrative tasks on both local and remote Windows systems.
Administrators can manage the computers in the enterprise and perform administrative tasks from the command line using built-in cmdlets, which are specialized .NET classes. Unlike most other command line interfaces, PowerShell commands have been standardized using a verb-noun naming convention known as a cmdlet. This convention provides a clear description of the cmdlet, and enables access to different Windows components like the registry, file system, services, processes, and others. There are sufficient cmdlets to support most administrative activities.
VMware View PowerCLI cmdlets are provided by a dll, which is installed as part of the VMware View Connection Server (Server\bin\PowershellServiceCmdlets.dll) under the VMware Connection Server installation). This dll, once registered with PowerShell, allows all VMware View PowerCLI cmdlets to be run on the VMware Connection Server.
This technical paper covers the integration of VMware View with Windows PowerShell and PowerCLI.
Friday, April 1. 2011
In this demo from Train Signal's VMware vSphere PowerCLI course, Hal Rottenberg shows how to use PowerCLI to get a VM host that is in maintenance mode and move it to an existing cluster. He'll then go into detail about cluster settings and how to make changes to them using PowerCLI. You can use these and other High Availability tasks in your own environment to minimize downtime in case of a host or virtual machine outage.
Tuesday, December 21. 2010
Thursday, December 2. 2010
With the latest release of PowerCLI (4.1.1) VMware has introduced a real cool new commandlet.
Get-EsxTop exposes esxtop functionality. The default parameter set is CounterValues. The Counter parameter filters the specified statistics. To retrieve all available counters, use the CounterInfo parameter set. The properties of each counter are returned through the Fields property (an array) of the CounterInfo output object. You can also retrieve stats topologies using the TopogyInfo parameter set. This information contains either inventory data that does not change or a counter instance structure describing the relationship between different counter instances.
Monday, November 22. 2010
Friday, October 1. 2010
The vSphere PowerCLI Administration Guide provides information about using the VMware vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets set that ships with vSphere PowerCLI for managing, monitoring, automating, and handling life‐cycle operations for VMware vSphere components—virtual machines, datacenters, storage, networks, and so on.
There are two categories of users for vSphere PowerCLI: Basic administrators can use PowerShell commands included in vSphere PowerCLI to manage their VMware infrastructure from the command line and Advanced administrators can develop PowerShell scripts that may be reused by other administrators or integrated into other applications.
Friday, June 4. 2010
Scott Herold is happy to announce the release of the vEcoShell 1.2.6. It’s out of beta and officially has been deemed as a stable release. The list of features is quite limited, but the biggest change is multi session management which makes copying and pasting from the web and PS1 files possible. Under the hood every single script in the function library was re-written from scratch. Scott also has transferred the community homepage of The vEcoShell Initiative to Vizioncore’s vCommunity.
What's New with 1.2.6?
•Completely rewritten PowerPack to support VMware PowerCLU 4.0 Update 1 and its ability to manage connections to multiple $viServer objects.
•Ability to copy and paste code from "PowerShell Code" tab directly into standalone PS1 files (Will still need to Add-PSSnapin and Connect-VIServer for script to function).
•Ability to copy and paste code snippets from the internet and they will work without needing to add the $managedHost.connection code everywhere.
Download the latest version of vEcoShell and additional PowerPacks here.
Scott Herold about the GA: I am happy to announce that the 1.2.6 version of vEcoShell is now available on the Downloads Page. This update brings us into full compatibility with VMware PowerCLI 4.0 U1. In addition, we have decided to remove the product from beta and have provided our first stable release , which has been rigourously tested by the Vizioncore QC team. vEcoShell will remain Freeware, and continue to have a community support policy. The major difference in 1.2.6 is in how connections to multiple vCenter or ESX Servers are managed. In previous versions, vEcoShell maintained all session management and required custom code in nearly all of it's scripts to function properly. These scripts could not run externally to vEcoShell, so the PowerShell Code tab provided limited value. With the 1.2.6 release, vEcoShell now lets PowerCLI manage all connections. This means we were able to remove all custom code from our script library. Nearly every script that is in vEcoShell today can be run externally. Simply copy a code block from the "PowerShell Code"...
Sunday, May 16. 2010
PowerShell Inside is a new and separate division of /n software focused exclusively in PowerShell technologies. PowerShell Inside products make technologies more customizable by enhancing them with PowerShell scripting. /n software has built these tools to provide an easy way to enhance and integrate applications without the complexity or expense of custom development. With PowerShell you get comprehensive access to the power of the .NET Framework in an easy to use interface that is tailor-made to help you get more work done, faster.
The following PowerShell Inside products are currently available:
• PowerShell ASP - Build dynamic Web content with PowerShell.
• PowerShell Panel - A PowerShell powered ASP.NET Panel control.
• PowerShell SSH Server - Access PowerShell remotely from SSH terminals.
• PowerShell Web Part - Extend SharePoint portals with dynamic content.
• PowerShell Data Provider - Databind to PowerShell, like you Databind to SQL.
• PowerShell Office Add-In - Automate Outlook with PowerShell scripting.
• PowerShell SSH Components - Components for PowerShell SSH Server Access.
• PowerShell BizTalk Adapter - Automate BizTalk and simplify orchestrations.
• PowerShell SSIS Task - Automate SQL Server and simplify SSIS Workflows.
• PowerShell Workflow Activity - Simplify WF Workflows with PowerShell.
Monday, April 12. 2010
1.Installation of Windows PowerShell
2.Installation of VMware PowerCLI
3.Installation of The Virtualization EcoShell
On April 8th we had a very good DutchVMUG meeting, which was totally dedicated to using PowerCLI and The VESI (Virtualization EcoShell Initiative). Although setting up the environment is straightforward, I wanted to do a small write-up which leads you through the install process and includes all download links needed.