New update for PowerGUI with 3.5 release. PowerGUI can help you build your own scripts for your environment by providing GUI interface with help when typing commands to build scripts. PowerGui works with PowerPacks, and I blogged in the past about PowerGUI and also about a Book which can help you to get started to manage your VI and use scripting – the book is on my books page and it’s called VMware vSphere PowerCLI reference (my review).
This book is all about automating. It is collaborative work of several Masters of PowerCLI: Luc Dekens, Alan Renouf, Glenn Sizemore, Arnim van Lieshout, Jonathan Medd. The authors of this book uses PowerGUI and VMware Power Pack, to create stuff or to use scripts which are already packed from within the VMware Power Pack. You’ll learn about automating repetitive tasks in within your infrastructure.
You can load several power packs into PowerGUI, there is a dedicated page at PowerGUI.org which provides lots and lots of resources there. You can download the latest PowerGUI 3.5 here free of charge.
Many tutorials, documentation, and videos are present on the resource page at PowerGUI.org. You’ll be also able to download some cool wallpapers there….
In the virtualization category of powerpacks you’ll find the VMware Community Power Pack (previously Virtu-Al.net PowerPack), Hyper-V power pack, Citrix server management, VMware vSphere management and also lab manager management. There is a VMware Image builder & Auto-Deploy PowerPack there. Certainly useful if you’re studying to pass your VCP or VCAP certification exam.
A quick quote from the site FAQ about what exactly is PowerPack:
A PowerPack is an add-on for the PowerGUI Platform. At this time, PowerPacks extend the PowerGUI Admin Console by defining one or more additional nodes and/or actions that will appear in the Admin Console interface. PowerPacks can be very simple, such as a PowerPack that provides one common action that allows users to do something like export the selected items in the grid and show them in a new Excel document, or very complex, such as the Hyper-V PowerPack that provides a rich management interface for a server platform. They can be designed to support a particular feature like the AD Recycle Bin PowerPack, or they can be a collection of useful automation scripts in an administrative UI, to facilitate executing various tasks in an automated fashion. Most importantly, they are a free-form user interface designed by people like you that allow others to automate their infrastructure and learn how to use PowerShell to do the automation.
PowerGUI has been maintained since a while by Quest Software (now Dell).
See more of my posts about PowerGUI:
- PowerGUI goes 3.0
- Powerpack for VMware Image builder and Autodeploy
- Don’t fear using scripts any more… with Virtu-Al’s power pack and PowerGUI