He started with Perl:
I wrote a Perl application that would log in to an ESX host, run an assessment of its configuration and from there aid me in judging the security of the host and some smaller parts of the virtual environment. Since it was written in Perl, it would be hard to get people to use excepting myself and other Perl users. This breed is found mostly within the Linux world; many VMware infrastructure administrators may not understand Perl well as it comes with a learning curve.
Then he found:
- VI Toolkit
- PowerShell IRC channel, Jaykul there who pointed him to SharpSSH client project at SourceForge,
- Scott Herold and PowerGUI’s VMware PowerPack,
- Alan Renouf’s vDiagram script
They all combined are solving Edward’s tasks. Quite a success story for the PowerShell ecosystem! Read the whole story here.