The PowerGUI VMware Infrastructure Management PowerPack seems to be really popular with people, so I’ve been spending a lot of time over the past four months significantly enhancing that PowerPack. Some of the enhancements are things that we wanted to put in and others are things that community members had requested (note to the reader: if you like a particular PowerPack and would like to see it improved, speak up on the PowerGUI Forums…we really take your feedback very seriously! :)). Today I just finished posting another release of the VMware Infrastructure Management PowerPack with a few more enhancements, and I’m particularly happy with this one.
This release greatly improves usability through the new icons that were added (and I mean *greatly* improves…the value the icons add is huge). It’s also the first PowerPack release that takes advantage of some really cool Visio scripts that I’ve been working on. The Visio scripts I’m referring to were largely inspired by Alan Renouf’s vDiagram script, although the Visio script I ended up with doesn’t look anything like the original. I’m itching to talk more about those scripts, but I want to write a blog post specifically on that topic so watch for more on this soon. For now I’ll simply point out that to use the Visio functionality, you have to download the additional VESI_Visio.zip file that was added to the VMware Infrastructure Management PowerPack document page and install it as per the instructions in that document (see the “How to enable vDiagram support” section). Visio 2007 is required.
For those of you who were fortunate enough to attend VMworld Europe in Cannes at the end of February, this release contains the icons and Visio features that Scott Herold was showing off during that show. You can see a live demo of the new features on Scott’s website, here.
If you want to learn more about this PowerPack, including version history and other details, you can go here. You can download the PowerPack from that location as well.