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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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14.1. Why Use Automation?

The real question isn't why use automation, but why not use automation? As a former system administrator, I was frequently looking for ways to automate tasks that I had to perform on a regular basis. Whether it was creating user accounts, rebuilding computers, deploying new applications, or querying the status of a remote server in another location, anything that saved me time and prevented me from having to repeat the same steps over and over again was a good thing. The same applies here: anything that can save you time and prevent you from performing the same steps repeatedly in your VMware vSphere environment is a good thing.

You can provide automation in your VMware vSphere environment in a number of ways. Depending ...

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