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PowerGUI named #1 among free VMware vSphere Tools and Utilities for 2011

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. PowerCLIPowerGUI, 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.



Virtual Desktop provisioning with PowerShell

I love it when teams in my own company (Quest) get serious about PowerShell, and our VDI (virtual desktop) folks are definitely the group that is very serious about PowerShell-enabling their application. Which makes a lot of sense – if you cannot automate bulk virtual desktop management how would you get the benefit of mass centralized desktop administration?

So let me give them a plug: they have just released a great new version which among many other things fully supports virtual desktop provisioning:

And they made available a beta of the next version that adds several new capabilities amongst which is the capability to configure (or reconfigure) virtual desktops for use Microsoft Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.

And the rumour is that there is a PowerPack in the works. If you consider virtualizing desktops in your company or starting your Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) business – check out vWorkspace – this team is committed to full PowerShell scriptability of the platform.

Bulk-change vCenter custom attributes

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.)

VDI and PowerShell

Here at Quest we strive to PowerShell-enable pretty much everything we see. 🙂 The newest Quest team to have gone PowerShell are our desktop virtualization folks – vWorkspace. They recently released a PowerShell module for vWorkspace that – as you could probably guess – adds great automation capabilities to the product.

(vWorkspace is a commercial product – so if you are not into desktop virtualization feel free to just consider this a commercial break – we will return to the free stuff in the next blog post. ;))

vWorkspace cmdlets include functionality such as:

  • Managing vWorkspace administrative accounts,
  • Turning on and off computers,
  • Remotely installing MSI’s, and
  • Setting a wide range of properties on the virtual machines and computers hosted by vWorkspace.

Additionally, vWorkspace offers a dynamic filtering syntax, much like Where-Object , that runs server-side rather than locally to speed up the query of large set s of objects. (As Don Jones put it in a session I once attended: “in PowerShell, keep your formatting as far to the right, and your filtering as far to the left as possible.”)

Get-QVWAdministrator –Filter { $QVWAdministrator.Name –like “mdivdi\*” –and  $QVWAdministrator.IsGroup –eq $true }

If you’re a vWorkspace customer, definitely check out the new module on the Quest Community site. They regularly make new versions available, adding more and more functionality each time. Often there’s also a beta of the new upcoming version of the vWorkspace PowerShell module available for anyone to test. In addition, there are some cool examples of how the vWorkspace PowerShell module can be used to ease day-to-day administration of vWorkspace.  Look for this kind of information in the Powershell section of the vWorkspace Community as well. I know the vWorkspace guys would love to hear some feedback on the module so please feel free to comment on their current release.

P.S. Thanks to Adam Driscoll from the vWorkspace team for helping me write this post. Also, if you have not checked out his interview at the recent PowerScripting podcast – you should. He is one of the smartest software engineers I know!

VESI and PowerGUI happy together again!

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! 🙂

Join the VMware Community PowerPack project

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!

Virtu-Al PowerPack – A must-have tool for VMware

Left-hand tree from Virtu-Al's VESI/PowerGUI virtualization management toolPowerPack 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!

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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.

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