VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration, Edition 2

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Master vSphere automation with this comprehensive reference

VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference, Automating vSphere Administration, 2nd Edition is a one-stop solution for vSphere automation. Fully updated to align with the latest vSphere and PowerCLI release, this detailed guide shows you how to get the most out of PowerCLI's handy cmdlets using real-world examples and a practical, task-based approach. You'll learn how to store, access, update, back up, and secure massive amounts of data quickly through the power of virtualization automation, and you'll get acquainted with PowerCLI as you learn how to automate management, monitoring, and life-cycle operations for vSphere. Coverage includes areas like the PowerCLI SDK, SRM, vCOPS, and vCloud Air. Plus guidance toward scheduling and viewing automation, using DevOps methodology and structured testing and source control of your PowerCLI scripts. Clear language and detailed explanations make this reference the manual you've been looking for.

This book is your complete reference for managing vSphere in a Windows environment, with expert instruction and real-world application.

  • Automate vCenter Server deployment and configuration
  • Create and configure virtual machines, and utilize vApps
  • Monitor, audit, and report the status of your vSphere environment
  • Secure, back up, and restore your virtual machines
  • Work with other vSphere components from your PowerCLI scripts
  • Take control of your PowerCLI scripts through versioning and structured testing

Don't spend another day slogging through routine systems management — automate it, with this invaluable guide.

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About the authors:

Luc Dekens is a VMware vExpert and PowerShell MVP who has worked with operating systems for more than 20 years. Luc focuses on virtualization, particularly platforms produced by VMware, and blogs about PowerCLI and the vSphere SDK at www.lucd.info. Jonathan Medd VMware vExpert and PowerShell MVP has been automating virtualization products for a number of years. He shares his automation knowledge at www.jonathanmedd.net. 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. Brian Graf has worked in IT for more than 15 years and recently has focused mainly on virtualization and automation. Brian is a vExpert and is currently VCAP5-DCA and DCD certified. Brian graduated with a Masters of Information Systems from the University of Utah. You can follow Brian on twitter at https://twitter.com/vBrianGraf or on his blog at http://www.vtagion.com. Andrew Sullivan has worked in the information technology industry for nearly 15 years, with a rich history of database development and administration, DevOps experience, virtualization and storage architecture, and automation evangelism. He is the co-host of the NetApp Tech ONTAP podcast and is a regular presenter at VMUG's, Docker Meetups, and other community events. Matt Boren, vExpert, co-started the http://vNugglets.com blog, focused mainly on virtualization PowerShell automation. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mtboren.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Dec 18, 2015
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Pages
984
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ISBN
9781118925140
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English
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Computers / Networking / General
Computers / Operating Systems / Virtualization
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Every year, datacenter managers must deliver more services faster, with greater flexibility. They must efficiently handle soaring amounts of data, and unprecedented levels of complexity. And they must do all this with lower budgets and fewer resources. Datacenter virtualization with VMware’s vSphere® 5 is the best way to achieve these goals and to accelerate your transition to cloud services. VMware vSphere® 5: Building a Virtual Datacenter brings together all the practical knowledge you need to evaluate, plan, implement, and manage vSphere 5 in your datacenter environment.

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Bunch reveals what vCO can do, walks through each step of installation and configuration, explains how its “moving parts” work together, and thoroughly introduces both plug-ins and workflows. Building on this core knowledge, he presents several start-to-finish case studies showing how to use vCO to address real-world challenges ranging from provisioning to snapshots, cluster management to decommissioning.

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