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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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A.14. Chapter 14: Automating VMware vSphere

Identify some of the tools available for automating VMware vSphere.

VMware offers a number of different solutions for automating your VMware vSphere environment, including vCenter Orchestrator, PowerCLI, an SDK for Perl, an SDK for web service developers, and shell scripts in VMware ESX. Each of these tools has its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

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VMware offers a number of different automation tools. What are some guidelines in helping to choose what automation tool to use?

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One key factor is prior experience. If you have prior experience with creating scripts using Perl, then you will likely be most effective in using the vSphere SDK for Perl to create automation tools. ...

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