Folks at CloudBerry Lab have just updated their PowerShell snapin for Amazon and posted a PowerPack at PowerGUI.org.
I have blogged about S3 cmdlets before, but it looks like in the past year CloudBerry Lab has been busy adding a lot more functionality! Some of the new cmdlets are strikingly cool. 🙂
Copy-CloudSyncFolders allows you to schedule synchronization between your local computer and S3.
Get-CloudUrl generates temporary protected URLs for both Amazon S3 and CloudFront. I can imagine using this cmdlet to bulk-produce temporary links for your website or set of resources.
You can find full info about the snapin here.
But wait, there is more! They have also created a PowerPack for PowerGUI!
Looks like so far the PowerPack is mostly limited to browsing S3 but you can obviously use CloudBerry’s cmdlets to add more actions or submit your feedback/requests by posting comments to the PowerPack’s page.
Read more about the PowerPack here, download it here.
Jean Louw has shared his fantastic free remote defragmentation utility built entirely on PowerGUI and PowerShell.
The PowerPack lets you add your servers to the console and then remotely defragment any of their volumes. It also creates neat html reports (based on the great work which Alan Renouf previously shared).
Not only is this a very useful tool, as usual you can see all the PowerShell code behind it – so you can grab it and reuse it in your scripts later on.
Great job from Jean! Really looking forward to his next packs.
Get more information and download the PowerPack here.
Tags: Freeware, PowerGUI, PowerPack, PowerShell
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
Published November 14, 2008
Amazon , Freeware , PowerShell
After Jeffrey blogged about PowerShell snapin for GoGrid it did not take too long before a snapin for Amazon appeared.
Specifically, the folks at CloudBerry Lab who produce utilities for Amazon services have made available (for free!) 10 cmdlets for Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3):
Add-CloudFolder – Create new folder
Copy-CloudItem – Copy cloud item (file or folder) to the Destination
Get-CloudFilesystemConnection – Get connection to local file system
Get-CloudItem – List files and folder in current folder
Get-CloudRootFolder – Get root folders
Get-CloudS3Connection – Get S3 connection
Move-CloudItem – Move cloud item (file or folder) to the Destination
Remove-CloudItem – Remove cloud items (file or folder)
Rename-CloudItem – Rename cloud item (file or folder)
Select-CloudFolder – Get cloud folder. Must be used for getting folder for other commands as current folder.
As you can see, this basically lets you operate with the files on the Amazon side, and move/copy files to the services and back.
They have a nice (Norton Commander-like) UI as well, but it is great that they added PowerShell as it makes it much easier to automate storage management. E.g. you could create a script which would go through your local files and back up the ones you recently changed to the cloud – nice!
One piece of feedback I would submit is considering making the snapin a provider so you can treat your Amazon storage as just another file drive attached to your computer. To my test this would be much more natural.
Still, good job, and great to see yet another platform falling into the PowerShell realm! 🙂
You can read more about the cmdlets here and download them here.
Tags: Amazon, Freeware, PowerShell
Published July 25, 2008
Freeware , PowerGUI , PowerShell , Release
We have just posted the newest release of PowerGUI – version 1.5.1 – to the web. As you might guess, it got better, with most of the bugs we got reported on the community forums fixed, and most feature requests implemented. 😉
A more complete version of what’s new can be found on our version history page.
Both components got:
- VMware Infrastructure Client integration
- Support for roaming profiles, as well as Citrix/TS deployments
- Easier UI localization switch right from the GUI
- STA mode support
The highlights for the IDE include:
- Online search for PowerShell scripts
- Support for multiple runspaces
- Intellisense now supporting NoteProperties, env:, and function drive
- Support for signed scripts
Admin console got a lot of improvements for making your powerpacks easier to create and use:
- Ability to select which parameters get prompted
- Support for $host.ui.prompt and $host.ui.promptforchoice so you can easily create dialog boxes of your own
- Updated default PowerPacks
- Column selection now associated with data type and thus consistent and working for dynamic nodes
Again, the what’s new page has some details and we are out there at the forums waiting for your feedback.
Go ahead and download the latest build! (Or wait another week or so till we turn the automated upgrade on ;))
Tags: Freeware, PowerGUI, PowerShell, Release