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The Aspiring Automator's Guide


By Xavier Avrillier

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Stop looking at scripts online in envy because you wish you could build your own scripts. PowerCLI: The Aspiring Automator’s Guide Second Edition will get you started on your path to vSphere automation greatness!

Written by VMware vExpert Xavier Avrillier, this free eBook adopts a use-case approach to learning how to automate common vSphere tasks using PowerCLI. We start by covering the basics: installation, setup, and an overview of key PowerCLI terminology. From there we move into scripting logic and script building with step-by-step instructions to build truly useful custom scripts, including:

  • How to retrieve data on vSphere objects
  • Display VM performance metrics
  • How to build HTML reports and schedule them
  • Basics on building functions
  • And more!

This second edition has received a complete overhaul from the original release fully updated to the latest version of vSphere and supplemented with extended use-cases and custom scripts comprising an additional 15 pages of brand-new content!

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About the Author

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Xavier Avrillier

VMware vExpert

Xavier started his IT career almost 10 years ago and evolved from a Windows System admin to a virtualization specialist. He now works operates as a VMware technology consultant for several large companies. Xavier is also a VMware vExpert since 2015 and holds all the major VMware VCP certifications. He caught the automation bug after his very first time using PowerCLI which offers a fine balance between technicity and creativity. Xavier is a huge believer in the IT community and helping others the way others helped him when he was starting out by sharing his knowledge on his blog and various VMware forums. After all, PowerShell 101 is "Help and Get-Help".