Chapter 1. Introduction to PowerCLI

Have you ever had to create 200 virtual machines in a short period of time, change a setting on all of your hosts, or make an advanced report for your boss to show how full the hard disks of your virtual machines are? If you have, you know that performing these tasks using the vSphere web client will take a lot of time. This is where automation can make your job easier. VMware PowerCLI is a powerful tool that can perform these tasks and much more. And the best thing is that it is free!

VMware PowerCLI is a command-line interface (CLI) distributed as a collection of Microsoft PowerShell modules and snap-ins. Microsoft PowerShell is Microsoft's command shell and scripting language, designed with the systems administrator ...

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