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VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration

ISBN: 978-0-470-89079-0
768 pages
April 2011

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

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