PowerCLI Essentials

Simplify and automate server administration tasks with PowerCLI

PowerCLI Essentials

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Chris Halverson

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Simplify and automate server administration tasks with PowerCLI
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Book Details

ISBN 139781785881770
Paperback194 pages

Book Description

Have you ever wished you could automatically get a report with all the relevant information about your VMware environments in exactly the format you want? Or that you could automate a crucial task that needs to be performed on a regular basis? Powerful Command Line Interface (PowerCLI) scripts do all these things and much more for VMware environments. PowerCLI is a command-line interface tool used to automate VMware vSphere environments. It is used to handle complicated administration tasks through use of various cmdlets and scripts, which are designed to handle certain aspects of VSphere servers and to help you manage them.

This book will show you the intricacies of PowerCLI through real-life examples so that you can discover the art of PowerCLI scripting. At the start, you will be taught to download and install PowerCLI and will learn about the different versions of it. Moving further, you will be introduced to the GUI of PowerCLI and will find out how to develop single line scripts to duplicate running tasks, produce simple reports, and simplify administration. Next, you will learn about the methods available to get information remotely. Towards the end, you will be taught to set up orchestrator and build workflows in PowerShell with update manager and SRM scripts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Essential Administration with PowerCLI
Why this book, and why now?
Understanding PowerShell versions
Understanding PowerCLI
Summary
Chapter 2: Comparing Point and Click Administration to PowerCLI and Scripting
Getting started
Where do we find scripts and snippets that are safe to run?
Programming interfaces
Writing the script
Report-VMHostConfigStatus
Summary
Chapter 3: Enhancing the Scripting Experience
Code repositories – why would I need that?
Scripting with the intention to reuse
Quality control, consistency, and simplification
Building a VM script using all the pieces
Summary
Chapter 4: Windows Administration within VMware Administration
What is DevOps?
Duties of the Automation Engineer
Running remote on a Linux guest
Introduction to vRealize Orchestrator
Summary
Chapter 5: Workflows and vRealize Orchestrator
Workflows
vRealize Orchestrator
Summary
Chapter 6: Running Workflows with Other VMware Products
Orchestrating VMware products
Orchestrating with Orchestrator
Orchestrating the integration of NSX
Orchestrating the integration of Site Recovery Manager
Orchestrating the integration of Monitoring (vROps)
Performance tools
Orchestration of Storage (VSAN)
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Download and install PowerCLI and its basics as well as the basics of PowerShell
  • Enchance your scritping experience
  • Build longer scripts and simpler reports
  • Relate a task in VMware administration to a PowerCLI script
  • Discover methods to acquire and change information remotely
  • Set up orchestrator to manage your workflow

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Essential Administration with PowerCLI
Why this book, and why now?
Understanding PowerShell versions
Understanding PowerCLI
Summary
Chapter 2: Comparing Point and Click Administration to PowerCLI and Scripting
Getting started
Where do we find scripts and snippets that are safe to run?
Programming interfaces
Writing the script
Report-VMHostConfigStatus
Summary
Chapter 3: Enhancing the Scripting Experience
Code repositories – why would I need that?
Scripting with the intention to reuse
Quality control, consistency, and simplification
Building a VM script using all the pieces
Summary
Chapter 4: Windows Administration within VMware Administration
What is DevOps?
Duties of the Automation Engineer
Running remote on a Linux guest
Introduction to vRealize Orchestrator
Summary
Chapter 5: Workflows and vRealize Orchestrator
Workflows
vRealize Orchestrator
Summary
Chapter 6: Running Workflows with Other VMware Products
Orchestrating VMware products
Orchestrating with Orchestrator
Orchestrating the integration of NSX
Orchestrating the integration of Site Recovery Manager
Orchestrating the integration of Monitoring (vROps)
Performance tools
Orchestration of Storage (VSAN)
Summary

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ISBN 139781785881770
Paperback194 pages
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