PowerCLI Book Raffle

Most projects have to start somewhere as an idea, and this one was no different. When Sybex contacted us, our idea suddenly became a reality and now after quite a journey, our book has finally arrived. Because most of the content of this book is inspired by the PowerCLI community, we decided to give something back. To celebrate the release of our book, we’re organizing a book raffle. Read the instructions below and enter the draw for a chance to win a free copy of “VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration”.

The Book

Before you enter the draw, we think it’s important that you know what there is to win.

If you manage vSphere in a Windows environment, automating routine tasks can save you time and increase efficiency. VMware vSphere PowerCLI is a set of pre-built commands based on Windows PowerShell that is designed to help you automate vSphere processes involving virtual machines, datacenters, storage, networks, and more. This detailed guide—using a practical, task-based approach and real-world examples—shows you how to get the most out of PowerCLI’s handy cmdlets.

Learn how to:

  • Automate vCenter Server and ESX/ESX(i) Server deployment and configuration
  • Create and configure virtual machines and use vApps
  • Secure, back up, and restore your virtual machines
  • Monitor, audit, and report the status of your vSphere environment
  • Use the PowerCLI SDK, PowerWF Studio, and vEcoShell
  • Schedule and view automation
  • Add a GUI front end to your scripts

The Authors

Luc Dekens, VMware vExpert, has worked with operating systems for over 20 years and now focuses on virtualization, particularly platforms produced by VMware. He blogs about PowerCLI and the vSphere SDK at http://www.lucd.info/.

Alan Renouf, VMware vExpert, is an EMC vSpecialist and has been working with VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft products for several years. Currently he focuses on virtualization products and their automation using PowerShell. He is also cohost, along with Jonathan Medd, of the Get Scripting podcast (www.get-scripting.blogspot.com). Alan blogs at http://www.virtu-al.net/.

Glenn Sizemore, VMware vExpert, started scripting early in his IT career, adopting PowerShell early on and conquering it when VMware PowerCLI first shipped. He shares scripts and automation techniques on his blog at http://www.get-admin.com/.

Arnim van Lieshout, VMware vExpert, has been in the IT industry for 12 years, working mainly with operating systems. He has been focusing on virtualization for the last five years, especially automating tasks using PowerShell. Arnim blogs at http://www.van-lieshout.com/.

Jonathan Medd, PowerShell MVP, is cohost of the Get-Scripting podcast and also shares his PowerShell knowledge at https://www.jonathanmedd.net/.

The Site

We welcome feedback from you about this book. We’ve developed a message board for everything related to the book at www.powerclibook.com/forum. Stop by and let us know how we did, check for updates, and join the discussion. If you have specific questions, send us a message at [email protected]. You can also contact each of us through our blogs.

The Rules

  • Follow us on twitter and watch for the magic message that one of us will release on Monday April 4th.
  • In order to enter the draw just Re-Tweet (RT) the magic message.
  • The deadline is Friday April 8th 23:59 CET.
  • One lucky winner will be drawn and published on this site on Monday April 11th and will also be announced on Twitter.

That’s all folks, Good Luck!!!