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Free virtualization Visio stencil

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!

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PowerScripting podcast on VESI

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.

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PowerShell Hyper-V/SCVMM Webcast

On April 23, 2009 Marco Shaw, Darin Pendergraft, and Peter Zerger are giving a TechNet webcast on “Using Windows PowerShell with Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager“:

Windows PowerShell is likely to become the automation tool of choice. In this webcast, we provide examples of Windows PowerShell being used to perform common administration tasks in Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager. We compare the two automation methods in detail, and we discuss some online community-focused PowerShell resources such as

Learn more about the webcast and register here.

PowerGUI featured in Gartner report. Twice.

gartner_logoWe 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!

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Virtualization PowerGUI Forum

Success has its consequences. 😉 VI Toolkit adoption seems to be skyrocketing as does PowerGUI’s Hyper-V, Citrix and VMware PowerPacks so more and more people want to discuss these, share ideas, or ask for help at the forums.

To provide space for these discussions we are opening Virtualization discussion forum at And we even got Scott Herold – Quest’s Lead Architect of Virtualization Solutions – agreeing to be the host at the forum.

Whether you are into using PowerGUI and PowerShell to manage your virtualized environments, or just want to get started with this technology – this is the place you might want to check out from time to time. Or use RSS feed or email subscription for the forum to get every message posted there (which is what I have already set for myself! ;))

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Kirk the “Poshoholic” Munro has published a great quick demo of his Hyper-V PowerPack – a must see if you want to start managing Hyper-V with PowerShell or if you simply are looking for a powerful admin console for your Hyper-V servers.

Introduction to Managing Hyper-V with PowerShell and PowerGUI

Check it out here.

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Hyper-V PowerPack out

Yesterday Kirk “Poshoholic” Munro made available his Hyper-V PowerPack for PowerGUI.

As you probably know, Hyper-V does not have PowerShell cmdlets but is exposing quite a few WMI interfaces. Kirk wrapped those into PowerShell scripts and made the whole library exposed in a very handy admin GUI.

The tool adds quite a few functions which native console does not have – see Kirk’s blog post for the full list. Thus, even if you don’t care about scripting you can just use it as a more feature-rich alternative.

If you are a PowerShell scripter (or want to become one) – all the code is available on the PowerShell code tab or in the Properties dialog boxes, and you can obviously make any tweaks, add your own scripts, etc., etc.

Read more about the pack here, or download it here.

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