Book Review: VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference

This is the long awaited book by five of the most experienced PowerShell gurus in the world.  To say it has been eagerly anticipated would be an understatement,  I am sure that many including my self were begging for a preview.

So is it worth the wait and does it live up to the expectations.

Well Yes and No.  the first thing to say about this book is that it is not a training tome.  it is for those that have a more that passing understanding of what PowerShell is.  the book does not handhold you through each example, but drops you in  the deep end of the pool from the 10m diving board.   this is not to say that those with less understanding or depth will not get any value out of it.  The examples the guys have given in the book are excellent.  not only that, they have all been tested by their Tech Reviewer Stuart Radnidge (@vInternals) so they can be easily modified your your own environment.

The book follows as very sensible layout, being split into 5 distinct sections, these being:

  • Install, Configure and Manage the vSphere Environment
  • Managing the Virtual Machine Life Cycle
  • Backing Up and Restoring your Virtual Machine
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Scripting Tolls and Features

The first four sections relate to tasks that the average Virtualisation Engineer can and most likely does every day of the week, the final is a who’s who of Third party tools etc.

But for me this is not the best part of the book.  The best part is the fact that the guys have made all their scripts available on the Sybex download site.

Now remember when I said at the beginning of the post that the book was not for beginners, well the guys have provided two Appendix documents, these must have bust the page count for the final cut of the book.

Appendix A aims to give the reader an understanding of PowerShell by providing a “Basic PowerShell walkthrough

Appendix B is basically the Reference and links guide to blogs and the tools that are utilised by the  Authors in their pursuit of PowerShell Nirvana.l

Now the hundred dollar question, Would you recommend this book to your colleagues , we quite simply YES.  this book coupled with Hal Rottenburg’s book “Managing VMware Infrastructure with Windows PowerShell” should be standard in every Virtualisations engineers armoury.

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