Considering how hot and crowded virtualization space is, it is just amazing that PowerGUI (combined with PowerCLI and Community PowerPack) is number one among the free tools in this space!
See the Top 10 Free VMware vSphere Tools and Utilities for 2011 lists here, and let me quote the PowerGUI entry for you:
1. PowerCLI, PowerGUI, and the vSphere Community PowerPack
This set of free tools ranked number 1 on last years free tool list and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. When you combine these three products together it becomes Voltron. Yes, I just used a Voltron reference! These three products bring with them a set of tools that can’t be found in anything else. PowerCLI is the framework that makes it all possible. PowerGUI is the interface that enables anyone from a beginner to advanced user to become proficient. The PowerPack is the secret sauce that brings added functionality to every vSphere admin. Quest is currently working on updates for vSphere 5, but most of the functionality was there with the PowerCLI vSphere 5 beta I had been testing. Try it out and you will know why this tool continues to be on the Top 10 list.
In this quick video, Aaron Newsome shows how he uses PowerGUI (and underlying PowerCLI) to quickly change custom attributes (such as Owner) across thousands of virtual machines. No scripting involved – just a few clicks in the UI. Great demo:
(Video “borrowed” from Mattias’s post on how his team is using this PowerGUI’s capability to set up vCenter monitoring with vFoglight.)
Yesterday with our 2.3 release, we brought EcoShell home.
Now there is no longer a standalone separate version of PowerGUI (which is what EcoShell – also known as The Virtualization EcoShell Initiative or VESI) specifically for virtualization management. You just download PowerGUI, which has VMware PowerPack and VI client integration right in the setup, with PowerPacks for other virtualization platforms available for free download.
VESI was a branch of PowerGUI shipped with virtualization PowerPacks and on its own release schedule. This allowed our virtualization team to get ahead in some features which were really important to the virtualization community – such as charts.
However, this also led to duplication of efforts and VESI was falling behind some other features which PowerGUI had. And this made lives of PowerPack developers more difficult because they had 2 (albeit similar) platforms to target.
With 2.3 release of PowerGUI, we have one product which has full functionality of both previous versions of PowerGUI and VESI – and this is our direction going forward. One product (and a set of PowerPacks) to better server all of the IT professional community including virtualization.
Welcome home, VESI!
Alan Renouf has completely open-sourced one of the most popular virtualization management tools out there – VMware Community PowerPack. This is a free custom add-on (also known as Virtu-Al PowerPack ) for PowerGUI/VESI and it has already been downloaded more than 10,000 times!
For all this time, the PowerPack (as actually any PowerGUI pack) has been open source in the sense that you could see the PowerShell code behind it and modify it for your personal needs. What is changing is that now the pack itself becomes a community effort and you can (in fact, in my opinion, should ) contribute back to make it better.
Go to the VMware Community PowerPack to join the project!
PowerPack Challenge 2009 got its first contestant and it is absolutely fantastic.
If you are an administrator managing VMware infrastructure – this is a great free addition to your arsenal. Just look at the screenshot of the navigation tree. The tool is just an amazing collection of super-useful reports on VMware hosts, guest machines, datacenter, resource pools and clusters, and goes beyond that by adding licensing information and even a virtualization tip of the day!
You can download Alan’s PowerPack here. Read more about the pack and send your feedback here.
Good thing there’s more than one prize for the contest. So if you are into PowerShell and have a great idea of a tool to make someone’s life easier – go for it – create your PowerPack and submit it to the contest!
Tags: PowerGUI, PowerPack, PowerPack Challenge, PowerShell, VMware, Virtualization
Need to create cool-looking Visio diagrams for your virtual, VMware, Hyper-V, etc. infrastructure? You can actually get one for free!
The folks at VESI (Virtualization EcoShell Initiative) have shared the stencil they are using for Visio reporting (the same stencil is also used in PowerGUI’s VMware PowerPack). Just go to the VESI downloads page, scroll to the bottom of the page and download the stencil!
Tags: Freeware, Hyper-V, PowerGUI, PowerPack, PowerShell, VMware, Virtualization, Visio
Jonathan and Hal have just posted the recording of the podcast they had with Scott Herold – virtualization guru who helped us a lot with VMware PowerPack who is currently working on Virtualization EcoShell Initiative (VESI).
- What is the difference between PowerGUI and VESI?
- Does VESI support PowerGUI enterprise features such as interface lockdown and central distribution?
- Will VESI support Hyper-V and Xen?
Learn this and much more here.
Tags: Hyper-V, PowerGUI, PowerShell, VMware, Virtualization, podcast
We knew this was coming but it is still very exciting: Gartner has released a report which for the first time mentions PowerGUI. The report is “Q&A on Server Virtualization Management Freeware” and provides a list of key free tools for virtualization management.
The report lists both Hyper-V PowerPack and VMware Infrastructure PowerPack as free virtualization tools worth checking out.
Congratulations to Kirk, Scott, and everyone else who contributed to the packs!
Tags: Hyper-V, PowerGUI, PowerPack, PowerShell, VMware, Virtualization
Or almost out – you can pre-order it for $41.99. Estimated ship date is mid-April.
VMware is one of the key PowerShell-enabled platforms out there and it is great to finally see a comprehensive book on the topic.
And – what makes me personally particularly happy is that one of the chapters is specifically on VMware management with PowerGUI.
Congratulations to Hal! Getting a book like this out is a major undertaking!
See Hal’s blog for more details on the book and order it right away.