As a VMware vSphere administrator, you'll need to perform lots of repetitive tasks. Examples include creating five new VMs from a template, changing the network configuration on 18 VMs, or creating a new port group on seven different ESXi hosts. All these examples are tasks where automation would help you complete the task more quickly, provide greater consistency, save you time, and ultimately save your organization money. Clearly, automation is an area that can benefit every vSphere administrator and every organization that adopts vSphere in their environment.
In this chapter, you will learn to