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VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration 1st Edition

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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This is a really good reference book. It has tons of stuff that i have already been able to us in my job. I started to read it straight through but haven't been able to stay with it... but lets face it, it is a GREAT Reference book not a beginners book.

Part V where it discusses the different editors, the SDK, and how to build GUI is very useful.

I am very VMware View centric and it does not touch on that add on to CLI but this isn't a VMware View PowerCLI book, it is a VMWare vShpere PowerCLI book.
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I purchased this book after attending VMworld and I love it! For automating your Vsphere environment this is your bible. I've only scratched the surface but this book has saved me hundreds of hours of testing. It's so much better to get my Powercli scripting right the first time.
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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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This is a great book. It's just what I've been waiting for to help streamline my vSphere automation skills and habits.

There is a small bug with the display of the example code snippets (the HTML code for ' seems to be in every place that the character itself should be), but they should be able to get that fixed soon. In the meantime, I can manage doing the manual replacements myself.

Nevertheless, it's the only thing that keeps me from rewarding 5 stars for what is otherwise a terrific edition to my vSphere reference arsenal.

Edit: After seeing the Author's responses to concerns expressed in other reviews here, I'd like to take the opportunity to upgrade my review to 5 stars. Great job guys. That's the kind of stuff I like to see.
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