VMware Infrastructure PowerPack 2.1 released

Hot on the heels of the new release of the VMware VI Toolkit, I just finished uploading version 2.1 of the VMware Infrastructure Management PowerPack for PowerGUI.  This PowerPack facilitates management and automation of VMware Infrastructure servers using the VMware VI Toolkit with PowerGUI’s extendable administrative console.

Version 2.1 of the VMware Infrastructure Management PowerPack includes the following highlights:

  • Significant performance improvements when loading datacenters and clusters.
  • New top-level container nodes to facilitate viewing objects without having to browse into the Managed Hosts node.
  • Links allowing you to browse into log files from hosts.
  • Support for the VMware VI Toolkit 1.5 release.
  • VMotion support for virtual machines.

In addition to these changes, several links have been added and quite a few defects have been fixed.

You can learn more about this PowerPack, including version history and other details here.  You can download it from that location as well.

As always, feedback on this PowerPack and all others is welcome and appreciated.  If you want to see something in the PowerPack, just ask!  You can either contact me directly (see my about page), or you can post your request using the PowerGUI forums.  We’re listening!

Kirk out.

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VMware Infrastructure PowerPack 2.0 is now available

Were you  curious what was hiding inside that gold box in theimage  PowerGUI train?  Keeping with the spirit of giving, I just finished publishing version 2.0 of the VMware Infrastructure Management PowerPack.  A lot of effort went into this PowerPack, which ended up including a complete restructuring of the elements in the tree, as well as the addition of a lot of new functionality that was not available in previous versions, all for free just like the many other PowerPacks that are available for PowerGUI.

A few highlights in this version include:

  • Easy management of multiple VMware Virtual Center, ESX, ESXi or Virtual Server hosts from within one console.
  • Single sign-on to multiple hosts that use the same credentials.
  • Support for browsing through any of the inventory hierarchical views that are available in Virtual Center.
  • Management of virtualization elements within one host or across many hosts through the same set of links and actions.
  • Reporting and management of sessions, datacenters, clusters, resource pools, hosts, folders, virtual machines, templates, snapshots, networks, datastores, files, tasks and log files.

You can learn more about this PowerPack, including version history and other details here.  You can download it from that location as well.

Still not convinced you should give the VMware Infrastructure Management PowerPack a look?  Below you can click on a few screenshots to get a taste of what you’ll find if you do.

Browsing the Virtual Center hierarchy while managing snapshot files

Managing host sessions

Managing virtual machines

Looking into log files

If you manage VMware hosts or if you are interested in writing scripts against VMware hosts using PowerShell, I strongly encourage you to give this PowerPack a look.

As always, feedback on this PowerPack and all others is welcome and appreciated.  If you want to see something in the PowerPack, just ask!  You can either contact me directly (see my about page), or you can post your request using the PowerGUI forums.  We’re listening!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Kirk out.

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