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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470890797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470890790
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Luc Dekens, VMware vExpert, has worked with operating systems for over 20 years and now focuses on virtualization, particularly platforms produced by VMware. He blogs about PowerCLI and the vSphere SDK at www.lucd.info.

Alan Renouf, VMware vExpert, is an EMC vSpecialist and has been working with VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft products for several years. Currently he focuses on virtualization products and their automation using PowerShell. He is also cohost, along with Jonathan Medd, of the Get Scripting podcast (www.get-scripting.blogspot.com).

Glenn Sizemore, VMware vExpert, started scripting early in his IT career, adopting PowerShell early on and conquering it when VMware PowerCLI first shipped. He shares scripts and automation techniques on his blog at www.Get-Admin.com.

Arnim van Lieshout, VMware vExpert, has been in the IT industry for 12 years, working mainly with operating systems. He has been focusing on virtualization for the last five years, especially automating tasks using PowerShell. Arnim blogs at www.van-lieshout.com.

Jonathan Medd, PowerShell MVP, is cohost of the Get-Scripting podcast and also shares his PowerShell knowledge at www.jonathanmedd.net.

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It has tons of stuff that i have already been able to us in my job.
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I'm working on a project of ESX/ESXi QA automation and I was looking for a PowerCLI book, this is the one after researching.
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I refer to the book when I need to solve a challenge with PowerCLI.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Epping on April 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I received the paper-version of the book last week and started reading it straight away. The authors are THE number one PowerCLI experts in the world and take you through the trenches of vSphere automation.

Although I know vSphere inside out I am a novice when it comes to PowerCLI. The main reason being that I never gave myself the time to actually learn PowerCLI as I figured I could do things faster using the UI. Although this might be true in some cases the first thing the book tought me was that my perception was wrong. The book shows you how to optimize your day-to-day operations by taking advantage of what PowerCLI has to offer out of the box, but it also teaches you how to create your own functions. The amount of examples in there in terms of PowerCLI scripts are such a valuable asset that I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning PowerCLI and/or optimizing their operational procedures. We are not talking about reporting only, for instance configuring vSwitches or restricting the amount of snapshots is all shown in this book. Be warned though, don't expect a step-by-step Learning PowerCLI Guide, this is 700+ pages of pure PowerCLI automation at its best which will enable you to get the most out of your environment.

Duncan
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Simmons on April 11, 2011
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This is a great resource for any vSphere admin. It covers everything from simple reporting and provisioning to automating complex workflows like site recovery.

Although the code samples in the Kindle version have "Prime" scattered randomly throughout as others have stated, all of the code is available online through the publisher, as explained in the forward. The online code samples do not have this issue, and are easier to work with than grabbing code out of the Kindle copy anyway. This book is WELL worth the money, and a 5-star rating even with these minor issues.
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By R. Siddaway on August 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book spans 740 pages including the index and contains 23 chapters - I couldn't think of anything the authors had missed.

The book starts at the very beginning with installing vCenter and vSphere. Other options than PowerShell are provided for some of the cofiguration tasks. I'm not sure that I would want to perform all of the configuration tasks from the command line but the guidance is there is you need it.

Part 2 (chapters 5-9) covers the Virtual Machine lifecycle. Lots of godd well written scripts for creating and managing your virtual machines

I do disagree with the table on page 231 - WMI isn't hard to learn its just difficult to find the information

Part 3 (chapters 10-13) is about security though I think most organisations will use third party backup tools rather than rely on DIY systems. I particularly liked the chapter on DR - with so many organisations relying on virtualisation technologies knowing how to restore your systems is even more essential - though LoadwithPartialName shouldn't have been used whats wrong with Add-Type?

Part 4 Monitoring and Reporting (14-17) is of great interest to me - I spend a lot of time capacity planning so this is the information I need

The last 6 chapters cover some of the other tools that can be used with PowerShell and the PowerCLI. This may be a dip into as needed section for a lot of people but the authors are commended for the completeness of their coverage.

Some of the scripts are quite long so I recommend downloading the code - no I'm not telling you where it is you have to buy the book!

This is a book about VMware, written by VMware experts and shows how to manage VMware with PowerShell. You will also pick up quite a bit of stuff about VMware itself.

This is a book that I will be using a lot. I strongly recommend it if you are working with VMware and want to manage it with PowerShell.

Buy it. Read It. Use it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott G. Newman on April 28, 2012
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If you're working with Powershell and PowerCLI, this book is an essential resource. Not a day goes by when automating vmware that I don't reference this book. I'm devouring the thing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By vmachine on September 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is definitely a must for every VMware administrator and consultant. VMware infrastructures are not stopping to grow and as an administrator you must be able to keep up with the speed of growth. Without automation it's impossible, but thanks to Luc, Alan and the rest of the authors of this book you're able to solve any mass configuration or reporting issue with ease. It's probably not the best book to start learning PowerShell but it's the best book to end up automating your VMware infrastructure. So I recommend buying a PowerShell for beginners book when you're just starting with PowerShell and of course this book. If you have some experience you need to buy and read this book.
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I have bought this book a couple of months back but it is still open on my desk. There are over 700 pages of quality content. I refer to the book when I need to solve a challenge with PowerCLI. As you start to get grips with PowerCLI, you will be amazed how quickly you can answer questions with realtime data fed from your vCenter. My advice to you would be to jump around within chapters in the areas you are interested. With the announcement of vSphere 5, we all know that service console is dead and PowerCLI is the way forward. Do not waste your time reading these reviews and order yourself a copy, I promise you will not regret it.

Happy scripting

Burak Uysal
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